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"After several years away, and what I understand is a change of ownership again, this visit proved The Ivy remains one of London's best dining options. Overall excellent evening with a perfect balance of 'very good' in all respects."
"Great clubby atmosphere and cosy dining room - the menu offers a lot of rich comfort food (often leading to some weird combinations of courses), ranging from very good to average (but lacking consistency), but the service is a bit variable - from hypercharming to dismissive."
"The ambience and service are superb but the food seems to have lost some of its verve and originality since the reopening"
"Ambience of prosperity, and assured and efficient service. The food was above average in quality, and don't fill yourself on a substantial starter if you have the roast chicken main course. That classic dish will prove to be rich and filling. The restaurant has benefited from its revamp, and the dining experience is one of style."
The complete renovation by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio – the talent behind the interiors of Jackson & Rye and Le Caprice (among others) – started in January with the restaurant and private dining room 'being brought into the 21st century'. The extensive refurb meant that The Ivy was closed for five months this year but it means the venue now boasts a more spacious entrance, 'sumptuous loos' and a dining bar.
All the venue's old fixtures and fittings were auctioned off at Sotheby’s in March, with artwork, cutlery, glassware and even linen up for sale. Proceeds from the sale benefited the charity Child Bereavement UK.
In the kitchen Gary Lee remains at the helm, and has created a new menu that comprises recognisable Ivy staples alongside modern dishes with international influences, with a particular nod to Southern Europe and Asia. Dishes include: Togarashi popcorn shrimp with yuzu mayonnaise; burrata with Sicilian tomatoes, fried zucchini flower with rocket pesto; and raw & pickled vegetable salad with citrus vinaigrette and chia seeds.
The relaunch comes just in the nick of time – with some foresight, the new edition of Harden’s notes a call for the Ivy to receive “a complete overhaul”!
It didn’t used to be this way. You only need to go back a decade to find an era when the Ivy was Londoners’ Favourite Restaurant, with bookings – famously – needing to be made months ahead, even for quieter times of the week. Unless, of course, you were Famous. Perhaps the 'New’ Ivy will once again seize the ‘Favourite’ crown!
Bookings can be made online on www.the-ivy.co.uk or through 020 7836 4751.
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