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DUE TO CLOSE FOR REFURBISHMENT 5 JANUARY
‘Still one of the most iconic restaurants in London’, The Ivy works its magic thanks to clubby wood-panelled surrounds, harlequin stained glass and that unmistakable ‘fame factor’. There’s always a frisson of excitement when you scan the room for famous faces, though it’s been ‘somewhat easier’ to get a table since the launch of the members-only club upstairs. It’s also easier to find a favourite dish on the ‘truly fun’ menu, whether you fancy ‘wonderfully rich’ signature shepherd’s pie, exotic Korean spiced prawns or a burger. Our crispy duck salad balanced sweet, salty and savoury flavours to a T, while mildly spiced kolaphur chicken arrived with all the curry-house trimmings. Old-school service hits the mark (free valet parking for diners with a theatre reservation is a nice touch), while the consistently welcoming atmosphere never fails to keep regulars and first-timers happy.
I have lived in London for 33 years and I have never, until now, been to The Ivy. So long has it been a part of the restaurant scene that I thought it had been there, in its present form, for decades, but (I was surprised to find) it has only been around in its current incarnation since 1989, courtesy of those masters of the slick and the smooth, Corbin and King.Of course, The Ivy was there long before the Corbin/King rebirth; since 1916, in one form or other, when it was set up as an Italian restaurant by Abel Giandelli. Not that it was called The Ivy then. According to legend, the name came about because...
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The uncharacteristic heatwave of the last few weeks has made us forget the wash out weeks of June when we all thought a sunny day would remain ever elusive. On a June Friday night pre-theatre visit to the Ivy, as I shook off my umbrella having been splashed by a passing taxi, comfort food was close to my mind. Comfort food is something that the Ivy undoubtedly does extremely well. Once past various paparazzi images of celebs falling out of or into cabs, a Google search of "The Ivy" would be guaranteed to bring up more references to cosy options like sausages and mash, shepherds pies and berries with white chocolate...
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