The Ivy in the Park

British, Modern European·
££££
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Bronze Award
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London, E14 5FW·Website·Call020 3971 7111

SquareMeal Review of The Ivy in the Park

Bronze Award

Business folk rejoice: Canary Wharf’s reputation as an eating-out desert has been partially improved by the sprouting of a new Ivy. It’s no surprise, then, that the place was packed to the rafters when we dropped by early on a Tuesday evening. But despite the full house, the famed Ivy efficiency was working at full speed among the army of waiting staff weaving their way around the hubbub.

As at other outposts of the fast-expanding chain, the interior still maintains the exclusive feel of the Covent Garden original, making any visit feel like a special occasion. The twist at this Ivy is the lush greenery placed around the inside, which makes up for the lacklustre park outside – though a retractable roof and terrace will add heaps of alfresco appeal when summer rolls around.

But while the ambience and surroundings have transplanted the Ivy magic intact to E14, the cooking has rather less sparkle. The white onion soup with a creamy truffle mascarpone was perfectly serviceable and the crispy courgette fries with a smooth chilli, lemon and mint yoghurt went down well. A tender lamb shoulder was enjoyable enough, but a side order of green beans was far too salty. The chicken Milanese with a truffle cream sauce was decent, but nothing special and the recommended truffle and parmesan chips left us wondering whether everything really needed to have truffle on it. Puddings were better: a tart passion fruit baked Alaska and Instagram-worthy chocolate bombe.

And while the offering couldn’t be accused of being short on choice – there are breakfast, weekend brunch and vegetarian and vegan menus – the regulars that this place is so clearly aimed at may wish that the familiar line-up of tempura prawns, crispy duck salad, chicken Milanese and shepherd’s pie was refreshed more often.  

That said, competitive pricing extends to cocktails and the Euro-focused wine list, and with glamour and fun in short supply in Docklands, The Ivy in the Park should put down deep roots in Canary Wharf.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
British, Modern European
Ambience
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Quiet conversation
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+]

About The Ivy in the Park

The Ivy in the Park is wonderfully located for Canary Wharf-based punters and visitors, set within Canada Square. The sleek financial hub of London makes a complementary backdrop to the lush greenery that borders the rooftop terrace and exterior of the restaurant.

The charming eatery is surrounded by shops and as it is located within the park, it offers lovely views, especially from the rooftop terrace. The interiors are elegant and sophisticated with tasteful bursts of colours and plush furnishings. The bar is sleek and stunning, and the brasserie offers a wonderful menu of cocktails and other boozes.

The all-day menu, which runs from breakfast to dinner, features all of the Ivy brasserie classics such as duck liver parfait, truffle arancini, and Iberico pork. The miso black cod fillet is a highlight of the menu, served with picked fennel. For more casual dining affairs, punters can stop by for a quick bite with the Ivy’s delectable offering of sandwiches. The roast beef sandwich is a hearty choice stuffed with warm sirloin, caramelised onions, chestnut mushrooms, drizzled with decadent truffle sauce, and served with thick cut chips. For afternoon tea enthusiasts, there is a lovely selection of cream tea and savouries available from 3pm – 5pm – there’s a classic version and a more boozy champagne afternoon tea.

The Ivy in the Park also hosts boozy brunches on the weekends replete with stunning breakfast dishes such buttermilk pancakes laden with fresh berries and an indulgent lobster eggs benedict. Plus on Fridays, the resident DJ kicks off the weekend with live sets and keeps on going from Saturday afternoon. There are loads of dining occasions to be had at the Ivy brasserie, each one as impressive as the next, with stunning dishes and great service – you’ll want to keep coming back here for more.

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Location for The Ivy in the Park

50 Canada Square Park, London, E14 5FW

020 3971 7111

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 07:30-00:00
Tue 07:30-00:00
Wed 07:30-00:00
Thu 07:30-00:00
Fri 07:30-00:00
Sat 11:00-00:00
Sun 11:00-20:30

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Anon

Brilliant
12 February 2020   - Verified Diner

Having visted several Ivy's in London, this restuarant (along with The Ivy City Garden) is one of my favourites.

You always get a lovely welcomeat all the Ivy restaurants. We left our coats and went for a pre-lunch cocktail. Instead of sitting at the bar we chose a table with very comfortable seats. The cocktails were very good. We both went for the Wharf Garden fizz. We went upstairs (which was a little quieter than downstairs) we appreciated that, as we wanted to chat. I started with the Truffled mushrooms which was served hot and tasted great, followed by delicious Tempura prawns (both starters and just the right amount of food for me for lunch) My companion had the lovely crispy duck salad followed by Stracciatella di bufala and a bottle of house white to go with it. Very good value for money in delightful surroundings. We will be back for sure.

 

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Stockport

Infestation of mice
24 July 2019  

My friends & I were dining at Ivy in the park Saturday evening when the corner of the restaurant became infested with mice, when this was reported by another group dining nearby staff were unconcerned, telling that group,well we are in a park, what can we do! At no time were we offered alternative sitting arrangements. How can a person enjoy a meal with mice running across the dining area?

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michael R

28 June 2019  
Amazing food and service.
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