I love going out for food, whether it be breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. So when I was asked whether I wanted to try out the menu at the new Ivy Brasserie in Kensington I couldn’t say no, especially as I have experienced the food at other Ivy restaurants in the past with much delight! The brand new brasserie in London’s uber luxe High Street Kensington is as well presented as the other Ivy venues but with a more relaxed feel, hence it being a Brasserie. When we arrived the staff were very attentive and showed us our table (which was one with the best view of the entire restaurant) and offered us a glass of champagne and our choice of still or sparkling water. In my opinion, anywhere that asks if you want champagne as soon as you’ve sat down is DEFINITELY somewhere I will want to return to! I also chose a glass of rose wine to accompany my meal, I can be quite fussy with wine as I’m not a big wine drinker so need it to taste quite sweet and this one was fresh, fruity and didn’t have that strong ‘wine’ taste which I don’t particularly like (hence why I usually opt for a rose as they are never as strong!)
After that came the task of picking something from the extensive menu. It was lunchtime so the breakfast menu wasn’t available at that time, however after seeing the MILLION ways they cab serve eggs, I will be returning to get a piece of that action, even if it means travelling through rush hour to get there!
After deciding on a starter of scallops with truffle mash, grilled salmon, Shepherd’s Pie and some green vegetables it was a waiting game until our food arrived and it was well worth the wait. The scallops were cooked to perfection (I’m usually quite fussy when it comes to scallops as they can sometimes be slightly jelly like but I had faith in the chef at the Ivy Brasserie and I was right to do so!) The salmon was a lovely pink and presented on a bed of sliced apple with a garnish of salad and the Shepherd’s Pie served in a brisket was piping hot and covered in the smoothest mash with the richest tasting mince.
Dessert was a combination of a gorgeous creme brûlée and a chocolate melting bomb which we shared between us as we wanted to try both desserts and I have to admit that they were some of the best desserts I have ever tried. I usually don’t have room for dessert after a great meal, especially after something as filling as a Shepherd’s Pie but they were both completely finished and I could’ve had the salted caramel sauce that accompanied the chocolate melting bomb all over again by the bowl full as it tasted so good!
Overall my experience at the Ivy Kensington Brasserie was nothing but positive and I’ve already told my sister to visit as well as friends from overseas who are going to be in town soon. It is the perfect quintessentially British restaurant that should be experienced by every foodie at least once in a lifetime.
Thanks to the Ivy Kensington Brasserie for hosting such a wonderful meal.
Photos either taken by me or from the Ivy Kensington Brasserie website which you can visit here.