THE IVY Market Grill
Once upon a time, if you were a celeb, you went to The Ivy. The original restaurant was opened by Abel Giandellini in 1917 as an unlicensed Italian cafe in a building on the same site.
The Ivy has been a firm fixture on London’s dining and social scene since its foundation in 1917. With its shimmering central bar and signature harlequin stained-glass windows, the restaurant is the epitome of glamour, serving seasonal menus featuring Ivy classics alongside modern British dishes.
In 2000, the restaurant was awarded the Moët & Chandon London Restaurant Award for excellence.
In 2005 the entrepreneur Richard Caring bought The Ivy and the Caprice Holdings group, formed today by many famous and exclusive restaurants.
On my last visit to the english’s capital city, I caught up with my best english boyfriend, Clive. As #foodlovers, we decided to go for lunch at The Ivy Market Grill. It was a friend/business lunch that turned to be a festive meal drinking champagne and eating lobster on a Tuesday.
It is a sister venue to The Ivy, in Covent Garden located on the piazza. The Ivy Market Grill is a modern brasserie restaurant with all-day menu and a terrace.
When you arrive at The IVY, you’re made to feel like you’ve arrived by the charming maitre d’, smiling staff.
The feel’s still classic and timeless: dark wood, flattering lighting, well-chosen art, green leather seating, smartly attired staff. The menu combines old Ivy favourites with some recent additions. New dishes have also been included to modernize things a bit.
- Atlantis sea scallops. Pea purée with broad beans, lemon zest, sea cress and crispy shallots.
- Tuna carpaccio. Raw yellowfin tuna with spiced avocado lime crème fraîche and coriander shoots.
- Lobster Thermidor. Backed whole lobster, creamy mustard tarragon sauce with asparagus, watercress and lemon.
- Roast salmon filler. Asparagus spears, baby watercress and soft herb sauce on the side.
- Crème Brûlée. Classic set vainilla custard with a caramelized sugar crust.
- Apple tart fine. Baked apple tart with vainilla ice cream and calvados flambé.
The Ivy was the inspiration for the restaurant of the same name in Los Angeles, though they are unconnected. If you ever go to LA, do not hesitate to visit The IVY LA. I went there when I move to the USA on my last college year and I loved it.