WITH THE IVY'S SUMMER OF LOVE MENU ADDITIONS
When it opened its doors in 2018 the Ivy became the hottest dining ticket in the city – a title it still proudly retains today.
With its outside terrace seating, amazingly choreographed planters, hanging baskets and floral displays this restaurant adds an exclusive breath of the English countryside with a quirky Mediterranean twist to the Victoria Quarter.
Step through its doors and elegant reception and you will discover The Ivy has an ambience of its very own. The art deco styled restaurant with its marble floors, wall mirrors, art, crisp white table cloths, sparkling crystal and a plethora of flowers and shrubs has an elegant feel of the 20’s and 30’s that is a joy to discover.
To welcome its guests back to indoor dining The Ivy has added special bespoke 1960’s themed cocktail menu ‘The Summer of Love’ including a show stopping Age of Aquarius with Absolut Elyx Vodka shaken with mint, lemon and sugar and topped with chilled Prosecco
So, when it came to choosing my starter I decided to stick with the 60’s theme and ordered the dish of the decade – a Prawn Cocktail and I was more than pleasantly surprised when it arrived. This was not just your ordinary starter, it was packed with prawns and topped with a massive crustacean . The baby gem, avocado and cherry tomatoes were tasty but best of all it had just the right amount of tasty Marie Rose sauce – a veritable feast.
My colleague’s Crispy Duck Salad with a five spice dressing, toasted cashews, watermelon, beansprouts, sesame seeds and a subtle amount of coriander and ginger just the right combination to bring out the flavour of the warm crispy duck and made for a very tasty starter.
Although I was tempted by the Ivy Hamburger, I opted for the minute steak. This was a large portion of meat and came peppercorn sauce, onions, watercress and the most delicious chips I have tasted in a long time – hot and crispy on the outside and so fluffy on the inside. Minute steak, because it is a thinly beaten steak,can often be tough and dry but even though this was well done, as I asked, it was still tender and succulent.
Sole Meunière with beurre noisette, lemon, caper and parsley was the choice of my colleague. The fish was moist and flavoursome and just fell off the bone and the green beans and roasted almonds made a perfect accompaniment side for the dish.
It was a while before we could even look at the dessert menu and quipped about maybe walking the length of the road outside but unfortunately torrential rain and the fact we felt so comfortable sitting at our table deterred is from this and eventually we did.
I chose one of the new summer dishes the Strawberry Ice Cream Sundae. This was certainly my heaven on a plate. I love ice cream desserts and have become quite a connoisseur on this wonderful sweet concoction. My sundae arrived with a large crafted shortbread finger across the top, packed with strawberries, tiny meringues and copious amounts of ice cream plus a warm strawberry sauce on the side doubtless to say I savoured every last spoonful.
A Rum Baba was my colleague’s choice and she was not disappointed having not savoured one of these, her absolute favourites, for a very long time. The sponge was light, moist, soaked in rum and filled with Chantilly cream and fresh raspberries. But the absolute icing on the cake came when our server added a shot of hot rum over the dessert.
As we lingered over our coffee exchanging nearly six months of gossip it was wonderful to drink in the atmosphere and not be rushed by the staff even though it was quite late. The Ivy staff are very caring, efficient and certainly know their product so well which we really appreciated and made for a memorable and relaxing evening
The Ivy The Victoria Quarter, Vicar Lane, Leeds
Open: Mon-Thurs 9.00am-10.30.pm; Fri&Sat 9.00am-11.00pm; Sunday 9.00am-10.00pm
Tel: 0113 388 6222 Website: https://theivyleeds.com