Riva Restaurant, Rottnest Island
2012 was an exciting year for Rottnest Island with several establishments opening their doors to hungry holiday makers. Rottnest Lodge underwent a change of ownership when The Karma Royal Group took over last year and unveiled the newly formed Italian restaurant, Riva. Luciano Ottaviano formerly from Pronto in Claremont developed a Mediterranean style menu for the island’s visitors. The beverage menu incorporates a long list of West Australian wines, international champagnes and sparklings as well as cognacs.
The restaurant provides an intimate setting in the evening, particularly in the outdoor area where white table cloths, candle lights and the glow from the pool set the scene for a romantic dinner. After a day of swimming and lazying around on the beach in the sun it was nice to end the day with dinner and cocktails. Our table was situated by the resort’s pool with the exception of the glass pool fence (a regulatory requirement in W.A).
We started the evening with a round of cocktails. I sipped on an unusual but tasty popcorn sour cocktail ($15.50) and Derek had the Apricot Martini ($15.50). The cocktail menu was impressive with a long range of creative cocktails as well as the trusty classic ones.
We ordered garlic pizza bread ($8.00) and Streaky Bay Oysters in kilpatrick style to share. Derek craving some red meat went with the 300GM grass fed black angus sirloin steak ($36.00) which was served with mashed potato, garlic roasted mushroom and green beans. The wood fired pizzas were named after a few of the bays found around the island. My choice of pizza was Fays ($19.00) and it was topped with rocket, pumpkin, mushroom, feta and garlic oil. The food portions of our mains were a decent size and satisfied our hunger.
We were told the wood fired pizzas are made in a different kitchen, so the two mains may not arrive at the same time and to be honest we did not notice this minor detail at all and were pleased that the staff advised us at the time of placing the order.
Overall the service provided to us was fantastic and the staff looked after us tentatively throughout the night. Be it that food is slightly more expensive on the island I liked the idea of wood fired pizzas on the menu, it offers a cheaper alternative to the main dishes. Riva provides an upmarket dining experience and after our evening we will return next time we visit the island. For us it was the whole experience that resulted in such a great night, a quieter atmosphere than the Hotel Rottnest pub was also a nice change.
Sunset from Rottnest Island, Perth in the distance
Spending the night on the island is worthwhile as when the last ferry departs at 4:00pm, there are less people around. We stayed two nights in a courtyard room at Hotel Rottnest.
Bookings are highly recommended for dinner.
Phone +61 8 9292 5161
Takeaway orders for the wood fired pizza are available from $16.00 and Riva also offer delivery around the island.
There is a bar next door in Rottnest Lodge called The Governor’s bar for drinks before and after dinner if you desire.
Riva Restaurant has replaced the former Marlin’s Restaurant
For a list of all eateries on Rottnest Island visit this link.