The Ivy opened their Soho Brasserie back in February and ever since then I’ve been eager to eat the food there. I love the variety of food in Soho – its so eclectic! I’d even go as far as saying you can find any type of cuisine in London’s Soho. When I got invited to for Christmas lunch there by the lovely ladies from Beam TV, I immediately said yes! It also happened to be the same day as my office Christmas party so it was a perfect lunch to kick off the Christmas festivities.
“Located in the heart of Soho, The Ivy Soho Brasserie offers something for everyone, with an all-day contemporary British menu that ranges from breakfast through to lunch and dinner including light snacks, sandwiches and afternoon tea.”
The Ivy Soho Brasserie website.
The menu is massive and at first glance looks very full and complicated. A full A3 card’s worth of food and drink. The menu is broken down into smaller sections – beverages cover one quarter and food covers three quarters split into more sections. Its quite a lot to take in so you do need a good few minutes with it.
The food is mostly traditional English with staples such as shepherd’s pie, roast chicken and slow roasted lamb shoulder available. But there are also Asian twists such as the yellowfin tuna (very tasty!) and an aromatic duck curry. There are also fish and vegetarian options available.
For starters I chose oak smoked salmon with rye soda bread. It comes with ground pepper and a wedge of fresh lemon to squeeze over. It was absolutely delicious. I love smoked salmon at Christmas! Actually I love smoked salmon any time of the year but it does feel appropriate for December festiveness.
I chose the yellowfin tuna for my main. Firstly, I’ll say it was delicious. Secondly, what a winning combination. I’d never think to put fish with fruit but in this case it really works. It was refreshing and there was a perfect combination of sweet and savoury. It was never one over the other. Mmmm! Unfortunately we didn’t have time for dessert but that is something I would quite like to go back and have the opportunity to try. If I had eaten dessert I would definitely have picked the creme brûlée. I love a good creme brûlée!
Have you been to the Ivy Soho Brasserie? What did you eat?