John Gregory-Smith went to discover the latest opening from The Ivy.
The Ivy is expanding fast. The restaurant group has recently opened new sites in Covent Garden and on the Kings Road, Marylebone has just opened and now they have announced a fourth site, The Ivy Kensington Brasserie, opening in 15 December.
Tucked down a side street in Marylebone, The Ivy Cafe Marylebone is a beautiful brasserie with a lively dining room packed with Parisian art, a stunning marble floor and red leather banquettes. It’s chic and stylish and feels very Ivy.
We tucked into fizz and chose a few classic dishes off the menu. My guest had not been to The Ivy so we ordered some of the must haves. The crispy duck salad was rich and salty, the chewy duck fried into a hot mess and served on a bed of finely sliced pak choy. Seared Scallops were sweet and meaty, served with truffled cream potato and Parmesan crisp.
For our mains we had a beautifully cooked fillet steak, seared on the outside and blushing inside. I had the shepherd’s pie – heavy with rosemary and lovely nuggets of lamb hidden beneath a perfectly piped potato top. It was heavenly!
For desserts we ordered chocolate everything – a moist dark cake that gloriously clagged up on our teeth as we ate it, meaning more red wine was a must, and a chocolate bomb that had hot caramel sauce poured over the top. It melts into a sweet white foam. Score!
The Ivy Café Marylebone – 96 Marylebone Ln, London W1U 2QA