Dinner at Rivea Restaurant at the Bulgari Hotel

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Rivea Restaurant was, admittedly, a pleasant surprise. ‘Hidden’ inside the lavish and glossy Bulgari Hotel, Alain Duchesse protege’ Alexandre Nicolas is now in charge of the kitchen.

The cuisine is both Italian and French “inspired by the many years Ducasse spent visiting the vibrant food markets in Italy and Provence”.

We were recommended the place and, being a group we were able to taste different things from the menu as we wanted to try many different things.

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Puzzle of flavours. Photo by Roman in London

The first plate that grabbed our attention was the above combination of colourful pots of 8 condiments ‘prepared for your pleasure….’ Every little pot contained a different vegetable purées which we scooped out with bread sticks.

 

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Starter: Marinated line-caught sea bream, citrus.Photo by Roman in London

The picture above was one of my favourite starters: Marinated line-caught sea bream with citrus. The combination of flavours was excellent.

The main course was Seared cod, shellfish, Cassis and white wine sauce, tasty and light at the same time. The Lemon cake was also great.

And finally, the service was what really impressed me. Angelo, the Italian head waiter, made us feel very welcomed and was kind and helpful throughout the whole evening with the many requests we’ve had, while flawlessly topping up the wine, bread and water.

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Details of the Bulgari Hotel Hall. Photo by Roman in London

Not a cheap choice but overall more than worth it. Suitable for dinner with friends and as a romantic venue for a date.

 

Location: Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge , London , SW7 1DW

(020 7151 1025, rivealondon.com). Daily, noon-2.30pm and 6.30-10.30pm. Lunch menu £35. A la carte, a meal for two with wine, about £170 including 12.5 per cent service.

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Recipe ideas: zucchini rolls with ham and soft cheese

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This recipe is the result of one of my recent attemps at cooking (yeah for those who don’t know me well, literally, ATTEMPS). But I must admit that I am getting better at it and, last but not least, definitely putting an effort.

And as the wise Anonymous says:  “Cooking is love made visible”,  let’s show some love today!

Whilst wondering on the web I came across to this recipe from the Giallo Zafferano, an italian cooking website  which I truly recommend when in the look for some tasty and easy to repeat italian recipes.

This a light, fresh and remarkably easy to make appetizer which doesn’t require too much effort,  but at the same time,  is nice  to present on the table when inviting friends for dinner.

The ingredients are:
Zucchini slices 12
Robiola 100 g (any soft cheese will do the trick)
Ham (Prosciutto crudo like Parma is preferable) 40 gr
Chives , chopped 1 tablespoon
Pepper ground black pepper
Salt

1) Firstly, allow the Zucchini to lose part of their water, then cut them lenghtwise   – 2,3 mm- and then grill them side by side for at least 2 minutes per side. Less than that doesn’t really work me.

2) Mix in a bowl the soft cheese with the rest of the ingredients until they amalgamate together in a cream.

3) Leave the zucchini to cool down for a little while so you can easily spread the cream afterwards.

4) Roll the zucchini and garnish them with chives.

And there you have it!

In case you were wondering how many calories does a zucchini contain, here you can find the numbers:

 

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