The Ivy Soho Brasserie | Review

The Ivy Soho Brasserie is a retreat from the busy, hustle of London’s Soho.

The main restaurant has a relaxed and fun ambience, that is amplified by the unique decor. You’re greeted by walls adorned with modern art, a view of the chic bar – with bar tenders mixing up cocktails and a mixture of patterns, velvet and leather banquettes that ensure you enjoy your meal in style.The design elements of the restaurant create an intimate dining experience, with banquettes for larger groups and incredible plants somewhat dividing the space, it makes for a more private feel.The Ivy Soho Brasserie brings a modern twist on traditional dining, from brunch to dinner you will find something for everyone. On the A la Carte menu, you will find British classics to Asian inspired dishes. I also noted that the menu offered both vegan and gluten free options, which is always great to see accommodated.

The Ivy is known for their seasonal menus, which offer a selection of dishes reflecting fresh ingredients of the moment. They also have suggested drink parings, which compliment perfectly. However, on this occasion, I was drawn to a couple of dishes on the A la Carte menu.

For my starter, I had the twice-baked cheese soufflé, this was creamy with a light flavour of the Monterey jack and mozzarella cheese, with an earthy undertone from the black truffle. I literally cannot resist a cheese and black truffle combination, so this was my perfect starter!

My main was a classic, The Ivy shepherd’s pie. It was a chilly evening and I think this reflected in my choices, I was craving warming and traditional dishes. It was flavourful and you really can’t go wrong.No matter how much I eat, I will always save room for a little dessert. The options sounded delectable and we decided to share the creme brûlée. It was wonderfully crunchy on top with a smooth vanilla custard flavour. Yum!Although, I didn’t order them this time the zucchini fritti are to die for and I would definitely recommend trying them.

Speaking frankly, the only slight downside to the evening was the service. It was quite slow and difficult to get the attention of the waiters. I’ve been to this location and many of the other Ivy locations previously without this issue, so perhaps it was a busy night. It didn’t deter from our evening, but certainly something to keep in mind if you’re in a rush, probably not the best choice. If you want a leisurely dinner? Great!

The Ivy Soho Brasserie provides a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere, to enjoy their all-day menu with a vast selection of dishes. As it’s located in a popular and busy area of London, it’s always best to make a reservation in advance. I regularly us OpenTable, as I like to see the different reservation times available. It covers multiple different locations, is easy to use and ensures you secure your table.

This post is in collaboration with OpenTable. As always, all opinions are my own. Bon Apetit!


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