In July I turned a quarter of a century old (scary I know) and had planned a shopping day in London, so thought why not book myself in for a celebratory lunch at London’s prestigious Ivy restaurant.
I booked the table for 2 in May via the online booking form as The Ivy book up to 6 weeks in advance, we decided to lunch in the restaurant area (but you do have the option to eat in the bar area) The online booking system was fast and easy to use, in fact the whole website is very good, listing all menus and info re the luxurious Ivy London.
The Ivy has a smart casual dress code, and asks gentlemen to wear jackets when sporting short-sleeved shirts. I saw many short sleeves while dining at The Ivy so not sure how enforced this rule is. I opted for a Navy long-sleeved Crew shirt, with cropped trousers and my Ralph Lauren boating shoes so very much kept to the smart casual brief.
Reservations were made for 2.30pm so we arrived around 2.15pm and was escorted to the bar to order pre-lunch drinks, I went for the Bees Knees cocktail which consisted of camomile-infused Beefeater gin, honey, apricot and lemon juice which was unreal!! The mixologist was friendly and I loved how every drink was made there in front of you “Shaken & not Stirred”
We were then taken to our table, which was a nice corner area of the restaurant. From the outset it does look very busy and crowded but once seated there is surprisingly a lot of room. The table was set beautifully and the attention to detail was excellent, the staff are all so friendly and know exactly what you require before you do yourself if that makes sense.
Anyway onto the most important part of this post, the FOOD! We ate from the Set Menu which changes regularly and is served Monday-Thursday 2.30pm –6pm & after 10pm also Sunday’s all day.
Starter – Bruschetta with stuffed olives, piquillo, avocado & Ortiz anchovies – The Bruschetta had just the right amount of softness to crunch and tasted sublime! I’m not a fan of anchovies but these were Ortiz anchovies so I had to try them which I did, but still didn’t approve! But the starter was great and again the presentation was excellent! I highly applaud the chefs and kitchen staff for their presentation.
Main – Rosemary lamb burger with sweet aubergine relish & sumac yoghurt – The lamb was out of this world! You know when the meat falls apart, its been cooked to perfection and WOW the sweet aubergine relish & sumac yoghurt was out of this world! And obviously I had to have a side of chips which were equally as tasty!
Dessert – Chocolate fudge sundae – I am a big chocolate fudge sundae fan and this was without a shadow of doubt the best sundae I have ever had! I can’t even explain the taste as its making me drawl thinking about it. You’re going to have to visit The Ivy, have a sundae and let me know what you think!
Obviously the Ivy is renowned for its celebrity diners so I was on the look out, and mid meal I noticed none other than Britain’s Got Talents very own Stephen Mulhern who I’m sure actually lives in Brighton so that’s a coincidence. I also recognised a lot of the staff working as I watched the ITV documentary a while ago re the 5 month refurbishment which took place at the end of 2014.
If you’re looking for a real treat, possibly for a birthday or anniversary then book a table at The Ivy as your be wined and dined the right way. Plus take advantage of the Set Menu’s and Pre Theatre Menu’s which are available.
The Ivy | 1-5 West Street | London | WC2H 9NQ | 020 7836 4751