Continuing our love for The Ivy, we popped along to The Ivy City Garden for the first time a few weeks ago. Tucked around the corner by Liverpool Street Station, the restaurant truly is a little hidden gem. Beautiful flowers adorn the exterior, complete with a stunning carved wooden elephant. Inside, the restaurant was packed with diners pausing from a busy work day to catch up on meetings.
We popped down to sample the limited edition tropical cocktails. In collaboration with Monkey 47 Gin and The Elephant Family, The Ivy has created these cocktails as a way to ease the summer blues. I started with a Jungle Juice Punch. Which Ben immediately tried to steal from me and replace with his infinitely more girly cocktail; The Hummingbird.
The Jungle Juice Punch was made of Monkey 47 Gin, mango, pineapple and orange juice with hibiscus syrup and lime. Served in a cheeky Tiki glass and topped with dried fruit and a paper straw. The Hummingbird was served in a coupé and made up of Monkey 47 Gin, guava syrup, Blood Orange Cointreau, lemon and lavender.
In a fishy mood, I chose the Seared Atlantic Scallops for starter, served with a Cauliflower purée, caper butter, tamarind glaze, apple batons and a golden crumb. It was absolutely delicious, and for once I was glad of Ben’s fish allergy so he couldn’t steal any!
Ben had a truly autumnal dish. The Roast Pumpkin Tortellini. Ironbark Pumpkin purée, grated black truffle, Amaretti crumb, sage and a light cheese sauce. I’m going to have to try and recreate this dish as it was just incredible. Thinking about it now is making my mouth water.
Continuing on my fish theme, I decided on the Monkfish and prawn curry for main. A Keralan curry with jasmine rice, coconut ‘yoghurt’, coriander and sweet potato chips. Beautifully cooked and deliciously sweet.
In a truly autumnal mood, Ben had the Fillet steak for main. Thick cut, grass-fed beef served with a wild mushroom sauce and the classic (best in London) truffle and parmesan chips.
One cocktail down, we decided to push the boat out and order one more each. I chose a very punchy Parrot’s Paradise. Monkey 47 Gin, passion fruit purée, elderflower cordial, apricot jam and lemon served in a stunning parrot vessel.
After I wouldn’t let him steal mine, Ben decided to order a Jungle Juice Punch of his own.
Pudding order placed, we stepped away from our table to explore a little more of the restaurant. Whilst the Chelsea Garden branch feels more like a British country estate, the City Garden feels more like stepping into a jungle. Complete with gold crocodile guarding one corner, tropical flowers adorning the outside and palm trees and vines sprawling across the inside. It’s an incredible space perfect for meetings during the week or cocktails at the weekend.
Appetite worked up from our exploration through the jungle, we came back to the table to face one of the most incredible puddings I’ve had. Malted banana ice cream with chocolate brownie, caramelised banana, candies pecans and cocoa nib tuile.
Can you think of a better way to finish a delicious meal?