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Few London restaurants can boast a reputation with the clout The Ivy enjoys, which looks set to continue following a glittering refurbishment. We use glittering literally: gone is a wall which formerly cut up the room, allowing the action to revolve around a beautiful new marble-topped bar, crowned with mirrored tiles like a glowing jewellery box. Martin Brudnizki is behind the atmospheric update, which also features olive green booth seating, a scattering of soft pink lamps and bright paintings by the likes of Damien Hirst. The opaque, diamond-latticed windows so crucial to the restaurant’s exclusive feel remain, as do the culinary calling cards: you’ll still find the legendary shepherd’s pie and crispy duck salad on the menu. We elected for fresh inclusions such as a perfunctory burrata with fried zucchini flower and lip-smackingly sticky and sweet tea-smoked short ribs with daikon slaw. The reasonably priced menu now includes a trend-chasing ‘Asian Graze’ section with the likes of miso umami broth and yellowtail tuna sashimi, followed by steaks, chargrills, fish, seafood and international ‘classics’; we opted for a delicate plate of flower-strewn scallops, paired with soy-braised pork and carefully enlivened with piquant caramel garlic. Lamb rump is unusually but successfully paired with pomegranate-speckled quinoa, but the seriously good, golden fries are the winning accompaniment. The dessert menu has been injected with new life too; the most memorable flavours on our visit came from Elderflower-infused jelly filled with raspberries, while Amalfi lemon panna cotta nestled in a perfectly tangy raspberry sorbet. A sophisticated cocktail list is organised by eras which include ‘Roaring Twenties’ while the wine selection offers plenty of choice to match the diverse dishes. The Ivy still does everything right – service glides effortlessly while the world outside quietly drifts away beyond jeweled windows – and with its thoughtful redesign The Ivy has certainly blossomed anew. Is this enough to attract a new generation of loyal fans? We certainly hope so.

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  1. Published : Friday, 22 March 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: The Ivy

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