Award winning Indian cuisine at Rivaaz in Lymington
Rivaaz continues to be rated as the #1 Indian restaurant within 25 miles of the New Forest (TripAdvisor, 2019)
Since opening its doors over a decade ago, Rivaaz has established itself as a firm favourite with locals and attracts regulars from much further afield, who will happily drive several hours to experience Rivaaz's unique combination of excellent, original Indian cuisine paired with great service and a relaxed yet stylish atmosphere that wouldn't be out of place in one of London's swankiest locations.
The restaurant has gone from strength to strength, winning a number of important awards including Best Indian Restaurant in the South Coast of England (Asian Curry Awards, 2018 and 2019), TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for seven consecutive years (2013-2019) and has been a member of TripAdvisor's 'Hall of Fame' for two years, cementing Rivaaz as one of the best restaurants in the world as listed on TripAdvisor.
“Rivaaz” is the ancient Sanskrit word for “Tradition” and it is with this in mind that that the menus at Rivaaz have been crafted. Using authentic Indian spices and creating unique flavours is what Rivaaz does best adding a modern flair to all the cooking. Rivaaz is not your typical Indian restaurant, funky jazz music plays in the background while you indulge in deliciously cooked Indian delicacies.
Rivaaz Lymington is headed up by the young and enthusiastic Shahin Malek (or Shah as he is more popularly known), having graduated from the University of Westminster in 2005 with a Masters In Marketing, his ambition to create something like no other can be seen in what Rivaaz has become over the years it has been established. His enthusiastic approach is passed onto his staff who take great pride in what they are set out to do and this makes for service which is second to none.
In January 2019, Shah was awarded “Male Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Asian Restaurant Owners Network awards and at the Asian Curry Awards 2019 he also picked up the National Judges Award for “Best Maitre D’ in England”.
The best thing of all about Rivaaz Lymington, is that although every element is a cut above the norm, you still only pay the prices that you would expect to pay for any other Indian meal elsewhere.
What to eat at Rivaaz
Food is prepared using the freshest and best ingredients - you'll find the usual, familiar Indian dishes on the menu along with many unique dishes, created by the executive head chef, which will tantalise your tastebuds and entice you to return time and time again!
The ever-changing menus showcase unique and innovative Indian food, proving that Indian cuisine does not have be all about chilli and heat but more so about the wealth of authentic flavours that can be achieved by using the right proportions of the right spices.
On various occasions, members of the Lymington.com team have frequented Rivaaz Lymington, hence have tasted much of the Menu. Must try’s include:
- Popadoms with the delicious chutney tray (Mint Yoghurt Sauce, Onion Salad, Mango Chutney and “unique to Rivaaz” Sweet Coconut Chutney)
- King Prawn Puri brims with spice and succulence only possible with fresh produce
- Nawabi Tava comprises of a delightful combination of chicken, lamb, king prawns and duck all cooked together with whole spices and tamarind and served sizzling. Beautifully presented and delicious!
- The Zaal Makhani is delicious and full of flavour
- The Pilau rice is soft and fluffy and Nan breads come hot, straight out of their tandoori oven.
Many prefer to drink wine nowadays with their meals and Shah has put a lot of effort into selecting the right wines to go with Indian food by employing specialist wine suppliers who understand the special requirements, but if you prefer beer then there are four kinds in stock at all times, as well as cider.
Eat in or take away
Rivaaz does get busy, especially at weekends so booking in advance is highly recommended. Or opt for a takeaway and take the Rivaaz experience home (in 2018, Rivaaz was voted the Best Indian Takeaway in Dorset and the New Forest by Bournemouth Echo readers).
7 St. Thomas Street
Tel:01590 - 679 999 or 679 464