Located in the West End, London restaurant The Ivy first opened it’s doors in 1917. Ever since then it’s been known as one of London’s most iconic restaurants, notoriously difficult to get a reservation, often having to book months in advance.
It was Adam’s birthday last weekend, and when trying to think of where to take him, The Ivy was a no brainer. Having been twice before, Adam often tells me it’s his favourite restaurant. I was a bit unorganised this year due to having Max but I was relieved when I called a few weeks ago and managed to get a table for lunch.
We had a lovely corner table, sitting by the beautiful stained glass windows that surround the restaurants. We started with a few cocktails that were made for us at the gorgeous bar that sits in the centre of the restaurant.
With 18 starters on the menu, all as tempting as each other, we found it really difficult to pick. In the end we picked our top 3 and decided to share. We went for the ‘Bang Bang Chicken with peanuts and chilli’ from the classics section, the ‘Popcorn Shrimp with chipotle mayonnaise’ and the ‘Sticky Ribs’, both from the Asian Graze section. We made a good choice and all 3 were divine. The Sticky Ribs were so succulent and the meat just fell off the bones and the Bang Bang Chicken had a real kick to it.
Adam didn’t even need to look at the main courses on offer. The whole reason he loves The Ivy so much is because, in his words, it’s the where they serve the best burger he’s ever eaten. Served with skinny chips and dill relish, his mind was firmly made up. Again I really struggled to pick just one dish as they all sounded amazing, but in the end I went for the ‘Barbecue Spiced Chicken with black bean salsa’. The chicken was so tender and just melted in your mouth, and the sauce was delicious, a real blend of barbecue, chilli and garlic.
To be honest neither of us had room for Dessert, but when does anyone let that stop them? Adam went for the ‘Burnt Banana and Butterscotch Tarte Tatin with a Rum & Raisin Ice Cream’ and I went for the ‘Malted Milk and Honeycomb Delice with Caramel and Cocoa’. We usually share desserts but I’m not a big fan of banana so Adam had that one to himself, and I’m informed it was lovely. My delice was served with pieces of caramel, brownie and honeycomb and was excellent.
The meal came to a total of £156 for 3 courses, 4 cocktails and the service charge (this obviously would have been cheaper if we didn’t have the cocktails or 3 starters between us but everyone deserves a treat every now and then don’t they)?
Whilst The Ivy doesn’t have a Michelin Star, we can’t see why it hasn’t. The service was outstanding, very attentive without being too pushy and the food was faultless. I’m sure we’ll be returning again in the very near future as Adam can’t wait to get his hands on that burger again.