Good times, good champagne, and damn good oysters at the Rivington Grill

Never really putting myself down as an ‘oysters and champagne’ kinda gal (…more like kebab and cider), I nonetheless thought I had better give it a shot, all in the name of food discovery.

Upon entering the Rivington Bar & Grill, one is immediately taken in by great atmosphere and the bustling crowds, which do much to inspire confidence in their food, as well as the establishment itself.

Not going the ‘whole hog’ with a three course dinner, I decided on living it up a little and ordering half-a-dozen wild rock oysters with a glass of champers (£15.50) and freshly-baked bread.

Although I had never tried oysters before, I’m a huge fan of seafood, and considering the amount they get raved about, I thought that perhaps I too needed to jump on the bandwagon.

The bread was delivered fresh out of the kitchen, still warm, and incredibly delicious. Think home made, but better, which was also the case with the butter that accompanied it. And, despite having somewhat of an aversion to foods that are slimy, the oysters were pretty damn tasty too. Beautifully displayed on a bed of seaweed and ice, the way the food was presented was second to none.

The waitress was attentive, if not a little rushed off her feet, but I guess that is to be expected in such a popular and busy restaurant.

Long known for their emphasis on using seasonal and British produce, I was pleased to find out that the chefs create the menus from these ingredients, including daily and weekly changing specials that reflect the best on offer in the markets. It’s thoughtful touches like this that really keep customers coming back for more.

I will definitely be returning to the Rivington Bar and Grill, albeit for a proper sit-down dinner – and I know I will certainly be in for a culinary delight.

Rivington Bar & Grill
28 – 30 Rivington Street
London EC2A 3DZ
www.rivingtonshoreditch.co.uk