Having been to the Kensington Ivy, I was excited to visit its sister outpost in Soho. The Ivy is branching out in various locations across London, and what makes this venue special is that it incorporates Soho’s party vibe by having a DJ on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, giving the place a fun edge.
The 7,500 square foot space has a restaurant, bar area, private dining room and Parisian-style outdoor seating (weather permitting!). What caught my eye were the funky art works on the wall inspired by the famous poet William Blake who resided nearby on Broadwick Street. The chic and contemporary interiors effused sophistication – classy and hip at the same time.
There is an all-day menu serving British contemporary and comfort food spanning breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea, cocktails and dinner. Between my friends and I, we had the Swordfish with a red pepper sauce, cherry tomatoes, toasted fregola, pesto and lemon – much like a tuna steak, this was well done and flavoursome. The Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder with a mustard and herb crust accompanied by creamy garlic mash potato was predictably tasty comfort food. The Blackened Cod baked in banana leaf glazed over with miso, spring onion, radish and herb salad was fresh, delicate and rather yummy.
The Flourless Cappuccino Cake was a warm chocolate cake, with milk mousse and coffee sauce – light and luscious!
The Truffle and Parmesan Fries which were doused with parmesan and barely a hint of truffle.
(The Ivy Brasserie, Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1; Tel +442033011166)
By Diane Bilimoria, London