The Ivy

The British one, minus the rain

  • The Ivy
  • Friday brunch (Friday)

    Choose between an eight-course degustation menu of taster plates or a three-course set meal. Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs499 (eight courses with grape pairing or three courses with bubbly).
    Timings: Noon-4pm

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Location: - Sheikh Zayed Road
Tel: 04 432 3232
Travel: The Boulevard
Cuisine: British, Contemporary European
Experiences: Alcohol available, Private dining area, Wi-fi, Business lunch, Brunch served, Live music, Cocktails, Pork served
Times: Open Sun-Wed 8am-11pm, Fri 9am-11.30, Sat 9am-11pm
Price range: Dhs500+
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  • chris Feb 08, 2013 09:49 pm
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    Having first been about 6 months ago and being totally unimpressed by the food delivered I gave it a second chance last night and unfortunately again, a very average but very expensive dinner. In fact i would go as far as to say i have had better meals at far less prestigious and far cheaper venues in the Mall. The sashimi plate is actually laughable. We all 'actually' laughed!
    The service was excellent, staff very helpful, they knew the menu and were attentive to our every need.
    The excellence of the staff however cannot make up for a below average menu, with below average delivery and flavour.. nor can it excuse the not so average prices.
    I do not recommend you go here, as they are purely playing off the brand name.. this is a pub minus the good times and good food.
  • nicole May 02, 2012 03:53 am
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    Wonderfully unpretentious restaurant serving honest and beautifully executed food. The service is its true USP - entertaining and erudite yet not intrusive. This is a restaurant that I will return to time and time again. Suffers from a misconception of being expensive like Hakkasan et al - quite the opposite! For a high end brasserie offering with a fine dining feel look no further!
  • JohnB Mar 15, 2012 12:32 am
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    OK, so you don't post my review if I don't give star ratings. Here they are then!

    The problem with websites like this is that too many people writing reviews don't have a clue about dining out. The Ivy in Dubai is a good recreation of the London eaterie. The intimate feel has been reproduced quite well; there are no amazing views from the windows in London, for heaven's sake (none at all, actually...). If the faces and company of the friends that you are with is not enough and you want views of fountains outside, go somewhere else, it's a ridiculous complaint. Sitting in the main dining room, the Ivy doesn't feel like a restaurant in a mall any more than does The Rib Room in the same location. Another reviewer has written that they don't believe that kedgeree is a fine dining dish, and then makes it plain that they didn't even know what to expect when ordering it, by listing the ingredients with astonishment. That made me chuckle. The Ivy serves very good, solid food on the lines of its London sister. The Ivy staff are welcoming and present when needed. Definitely a recommended restaurant. I agree with your review that it's a restaurant experience more than a mind-boggling food experience (for that try, Table 9 at the Creek Hilton, THAT is the new, independent Dubai restaurant experience that you are craving).
  • Susan Nov 12, 2011 10:58 am
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    Have know been to Ivy more times than I remember and it is no wonder! When I call to reserve the girls instantly recognise me by name and laugh and joke on the phone. When i arrive in the restaurant the staff come up with big smiles to say hello followed by the general manager Sunil coming over for a catch up.....what more could you ask for in Dubai, finally a restaurant with personality!!!!!!

    As for the addition of pizzas on the menu - they taste amazing and i am not afraid to say that i am already planning my next visit to sit in the lounge with my twinkle cocktail and pizza - perfection!!!
  • Aditya Rajaram Nov 03, 2011 09:31 am
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    I waited a long time to go to The Ivy. I was worried that the quality of an institution like The Ivy may not have carried over to Dubai. I asked around and everyone had praises for it. So, I decided to venture out and indulge in a 'Business Lunch.' Because I am a foodie, I dont normally do business lunches because I like to get whatever I want and mix and match my food. However, I felt the Ivy would not dissapoint in a well planned business lunch and at AED 150, it was a good deal. Little did I know that I would be bowled over by the service so much that I said hell with the business lunch, I am going to treat myself...and treat myself I did.

    First Course: The Steak Tartare: Now anyone that asks you how spicy you want your steak tartare means they know how to make a cracking one...they did. I was literally licking my plate.

    Second Course: The Halibut: I could not understand how my Halibut could be sweet and savoury, crispy and yet tender. It was a true delight. Next time I want to try to the Sea Bass. (I heard their burgers are tremendous!)

    Finale: I normally dont like desserts but the most charming server that I have ever come across told me that she will not take no for an answer (in a way that your grandma wont let you leave her house without stuffing your face). So I ordered, I wanted something healthier but yet yummy - I went for the Scandanvian Iced Berries with White hot Chocolate sauce. I know, with a name like that could you go wrong? Absolutely not. Embarassing myself yet again by licking that plate I brought a smile to the staff who after all, just want to see us diners have a ball with the food.

    People, this was just a quick lunch, can you imagiine if I went all out on dinner??? Poor Wallet. Alas, I will be back. Hungrier and ready to go all out.

    Thank you Ivy and thank you Dubai for holding up the quality of a great institution.

    Aditya Rajaram

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