The Ivy City Garden

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About The Ivy City Garden

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There’s something very full circle about this Ivy site, which is the second to possess the ‘Garden’ moniker after The Ivy Chelsea Garden. It was Vintage Salt under previous tenant Des McDonald, who himself used to be head chef at – you guessed it – The Ivy. Located right by Liverpool Street station in serene Bishopsgate Gardens, the space incorporates a restaurant, bar, private dining room and the namesake garden, all decked out in the brand’s well-groomed, colourful interiors. A long, cuisine-leaping menu features everything from the famous shepherd’s pie to tuna carpaccio; ask one of the one-the-ball waiters for advice if you’re stumped what to order. We’d recommend prawn tempura pepped up with a matcha tea sauce and sprinklings of green papaya, edamame beans and cucumber shavings, and a generously portioned main of perfectly-cooked lobster with a side of rich truffle-and-parmesan-topped thick-cut chips. Dessert was a real showstopper, a chocolate bombe on a bed of milk foam, soft vanilla ice cream and sticky-sweet shards of honeycomb, melted at the table with a hot salted-caramel sauce. Vibrant surrounds (including a DJ) help this incarnation of The Ivy keep up with its younger City counterparts, and for big groups there’s a 32-cover private dining room upstairs which overlooks the garden.


Good to know about The Ivy City Garden

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
International
Ambience
Buzzy, Fun, Glamorous, Traditional
People
Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Brunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating

Location for The Ivy City Garden

Dashwood House, 69 Old Broad Street, London, EC2M 1NA

Opening Times of The Ivy City Garden

Mon-Sat 7.30am-12M (Sat 11am- ) Sun 11am-6pm

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Mr. David L

Spontaneous Luxury
05 March 2018
1st March, bad weather, time for a quick catch-up over a drink, but last minute decision to have a fast, early dinner at The Ivy City Garden. Sharing two starters and one main course, a bottle of wine and Espresso Martinis for dessert, the cost was not even slightly more than drinks-only anywhere nearby; the service (thank you Ellie from Sheffield) was well timed and as-usual-efficient. A 5pm early dinner was, by 5.30, in a bustling, busy room, and two hours later, back out into the elements. Excellent, as usual. Regards, David
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Angela C

What a Gem
23 January 2018
An excellent restaurant for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. The food is delicious and the restaurant has a very clean and fresh feel to it. The ambience is great and the layout of the tables means that although it has a friendly bustle you also have your own privacy if meeting for business. The only con is the menu looks so inviting it's hard to choose what to order. I am a sucker for good customer service too and this adds to the many reasons why I keep returning and recommending the Ivy City Garden cafe to others. The cocktails are a must, however if on Dry January then the Smoothies are also a welcome treat! Please keep doing what you're doing ICG as you're a breath of fresh air in a smoggy city!
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Ms/Mrs. Chris H

Another enjoyable visit
08 November 2017
We had a 1.15 pm visit for 7 people for a celebratory lunch. We were well accommodated at a table with a large sofa seating 3 people and 4 chairs. It was very noisy and busy when we arrived but had quietened down significantly by 2.30 pm. The food was delicious and well worth the money. The rib eye steak filled the plate! The staff were very helpful and attentive. Look forward to my next visit before Christmas.
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Ms/Mrs. Julie R

All down to timing...
23 August 2017
Two visits to Ivy City Garden within a fortnight, as different as chalk and cheese. The first was on a Thursday evening, when I thought I had turned up at a nightclub rather than at a restaurant, such was the wall of noise I encountered. Yes, some of it was due to the place being packed to the rafters, but on this particular evening, it was also host to a DJ….. had our reservation been late in the evening I could have perhaps understood the presence of the DJ, but this was at 6:30! Suffice it to say our girly catch up became more a shouting match as we tried to make ourselves heard above the cacophony of noise. This was a huge shame as the restaurant is very pretty and should be an oasis of calm given the garden décor, although the postage stamp room between the tables makes it more of a communal garden than a private one. My next visit was with the disclaimer to my companion that if it was as noisy, we would do an immediate about turn and head for the relative peace and quiet of Liverpool Street station! Fortunately, earlier in the week Ivy City is a much different proposition – not so busy and no music to compete with. Food on both occasions was good, if a tad light on portion size; this is one place where you could easily do all three courses and not feel stuffed to the gills. On the second visit I braved the Shepherd’s Pie and whilst the lamb filling really lived up to expectations and was a proper match for that served at the mother ship, the potato topping sadly let the dish down, being just a thin sliver of a disc with no discernible flavour at all. Service was hit and miss; first visit our server was borderline rude and clearly on a mission to get us to vacate the table as soon as possible – fortunately we were only too glad to oblige! Second time it was much more relaxed, welcoming and professional. Having finally sampled the real Ivy earlier this year, I cannot say I’m particularly blown away by these pale imitations that are cropping up with alarming frequency and I remain to be convinced that they should carry the Ivy name at all. But that aside, for an informal meal it’s not a bad choice, although not one I’d frequent later in the week!
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Ms/Mrs. Wendy B

Corporate Lunch
17 August 2017
Was ok but I wouldn't rush back.
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Ms/Mrs. Sarah G

Could be amazing but not quite there
18 July 2017
The venue is stunning and difficult to believe you are in the heart of the City. It's the type of restaurant that the City has been lacking for a while. Unfortunately, the restaurant is too cramped, the tables are too close to each other so you feel like you could have a conversation with the person at the next table and as a consequence kept being bumped as people walked by. The service was not great, quite slow and the waitress forget parts of the order and things did not arrive at the same time. The food itself is superb so hence could be amazing but not quite there yet.
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