The Ivy City Garden
On Valentine’s Day, Jaz and I had a table booked at The Ivy City Garden in London. Neither of us had ever been to The Ivy but had heard amazing reviews so we were both very excited.
The Ivy City Garden is a modern British restaurant chain with a relaxed atmosphere. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch afternoon tea and dinner with a wide choice of cocktails and wine there is easily something for everyone here. They are located all over London and have a few restaurants outside of London too. The Ivy City Garden was about a 5-minute walk away from Liverpool Street station so it was very easy to get to and find.
Our table was booked at 6pm but we ended up arriving about half an hour early. Luckily, they managed to seat us right away. Of course with it being Valentine’s Day it was pretty busy. The restaurant was filled with happy couples and families which added nicely to the relaxed and romantic vibe. The decor inside was beautiful, like a very sophisticated, classy garden.
The Ivy City Garden Food and Drink
We ordered a couple of cocktails to start with. I went for the Ivy Royale which included Plymouth Sloe Gin, Briottet Rose liqueur & hibiscus topped with The Ivy Collection Champagne. Jaz decided to order the Mango Colada which included Havana Club 7yr old Rum, Koko Kanu Coconut Rum, cream, coconut sugar, lime, mango juice, and fresh basil. Both of the cocktails were delicious and I’d definitely go back just to try some more.
We decided to skip the starter as there weren’t really any that appealed to us, plus we wanted to make sure we definitely had room for dessert! For my main, I chose the Chicken Milanese which was a Brioche-crumbed chicken breast with a fried egg, Parmesan and truffle cream sauce. I also added some Truffle and Parmesan chips as a side and honestly, they were some of the best chips I’ve ever tasted! Jaz ordered the Lobster Linguine which included a Tomato and chilli sauce with San Marzanino tomatoes, parsley and spring onion. The food was amazing and came out really quickly. We were both surprised and appreciated the short wait times.
For dessert, my personal favourite part of any meal, I, of course, went for the melting chocolate bombe with a vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre with hot salted caramel sauce. It was mesmerizing to watch the waitress pour the hot salted caramel sauce over the bomb and see it melt away. Jaz decided to go for something he’d never tried before, the Creme Brulee, which he thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely have again.
The Ivy City Garden Service
Honestly, the service we received at The Ivy City Garden was faultless. All of the staff were friendly and attentive, giving us great cocktails and food recommendations. It was a very efficiently run restaurant but not once did we ever feel rushed. We always find that the worst part of having a meal out is waiting for the bill at the end. For some reason, most places always take so long to give us the bill once we’ve asked for it. However here they were so on top of everything so there were no long periods of just sitting around.
It was a pretty expensive meal, roughly £60 per head, which is what we were expecting judging from the reviews and the location. I would definitely go back there again though and I’d love to visit other Ivy restaurants. Everything was just perfection, from the food and the decor to the service. I’d highly recommend The Ivy City Garden if you’re looking to eat somewhere special or to celebrate an occasion.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever eaten at any of the Ivy Restaurants and which one you’d recommend we go to next! I hope you all enjoyed this post. If you did then don’t forget to subscribe to Beauty and the Bookshelves. You can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest too. Thanks for reading!