Riviera Bistro is the sort of place that I could become positively evangelical about. I could go on about supporting local trade and foregoing franchise restaurants. But if you want that fart-sniffing Guardianista crap then go and read the Telegraph or whatever. I’m here for hard truth, excoriating wit and helpful directions.
But Riviera Bistro (http://www.rivierabistro.co.uk/) was so adorable! A nice simple menu with enticing sounding dishes and an extremely friendly owner who talked us through it all. Prepare to be fed like that husky fellow from Se7en. Like all cuisines based in this neck of the woods (Croatia, not Acton) you’re going to get a full-on blow-out. And though I had my head turned by the Arambašići Sarme (stuffed cabbage leaves, always worth a pop) it was always going to be the mixed grill. And what a mixed grill, Svega Po Malo (literally: a little of everything) which included sausage, liver, burger, ćevapčići (described as minced meat finger), pork skewers and gammon. Plus potatoes, salad, garnish and relish. That’s right, garnish AND relish.
Mrs Del Monte opted for Pašticada, a marinated, stewed beef dish accompanied by excellent gnocchi. All washed down with Croatian wine and finished off with ice cold Sljivovica (plum brandy). We couldn’t finish. Why not? Because the portions were MASSIVE. I’m not the sort who gets excited by large portions. Thankfully neither is Mrs Del Monte. I do not equate size with quality. Thankfully neither does Mrs Del Monte. But in this instance, there was excellently prepared meat and a lot of it. And for £45 including booze and service charge it was good value.
I went to Zagreb once. It was at the end of a roadtrip around South Central Europe, which is nothing like South Central LA. The roads are better for one. I was hungover and didn’t really appreciate it, but I did eat a lot of meat.
Riviera Bistro & Bar
265 High Street
Tel: 0208 993 5802