Has The Ivy gone downhill in the last 12 months? I hear murmurs on the foodvine that things aren't quite what they used to be, particularly on the 1st floor (used for large groups/corporate get-togethers). What a shame, or perhaps it's just not as fashionable as it was, so A-listers can move on and leave it for the rest of us to enjoy.
May '08 found me and a couple of friends wandering the back streets of Covent Garden, looking for a place to eat. With nothing to lose, we wandered through the cloakroom to the front desk and enquired. As luck would have it, the maitre d' obliged, and sat us on a large round table in the centre of the restaurant. Resisting the urge to celebrity-spot, we turned out attention to the menu. The food matched the atmosphere of the room: comforting, nostalgic dishes, set amid starched linen tablecloths, well-dressed customers, and warm surroundings. My steak tartare was executed with flair, composed of the highest quality beef fillet, and the risotto primavera was pleasingly fresh and zingy for what is so unfortunately referred to as 'nursery food'.
With its sense of occasion, The Ivy is an ideal spot for celebrations and impressing out of town-ers.