Little imagination, yet The Ivy's quality and service excel 27 Reviews
Enjoy sumptuous seasonal fare accompanied by the sounds of vocalist Ciaran Fox singing jazz melodies and accompanied by the saxophonist. Happy hour from 5pm to 7pm Timings: 8.30pm 24 December 2013
Wave goodbye to any Christmas blues with the Taste of The Ivy Brunch on Boxing Day, an eight course extravaganza complete with jazz favourites. Dhs195 (with soft drinks); Dhs395 (with house beverages); Dhs495 (with grape degustation and house beverages); Dhs595 (with sparkling and house beverages) Timings: Noon-4pm 26 December 2013
Enjoy festive fun with a delicious four course menu as Ciaran Fox delights lunchtime diners with jazz melodies. If you join for dinner, British singer Rachael Calladine and Bulgarian composer-pianist Stoyan Stoyanon will keep you entertained. Dhs550 Timings: 12pm 25 December 2013
Choose between an eight-course degustation menu of taster plates or a three-course set meal. Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs495 (eight courses with grape pairing or three courses with bubbly) Timings: Noon-4pm (Friday)
Offering a two-course set menu of traditional British classics. Dhs150 Timings: Noon-3pm (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
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Aesthetically speaking, The Ivy is identical to the original in London – there’s wall-to-wall wood panelling, distinctive green leather chairs, and stained-glass lattice windows. If it weren’t for the work of prominent regional artists adorning the walls, you’d think you were in the West End. Traditional British staples are The Ivy’s trademark, and to expect anything more is unrealistic. (Since The Ivy’s opening in the summer of 2011, we’ve been disappointed to see some options drop off the menu.) Dishes such as kedgeree and shellfish cocktail are prepared with competent aplomb, though don’t expect anything overly exciting. The same can be said of dishes such as the ‘legendary’ shepherd’s pie, salmon fishcakes and the rosy-pink lamb chops – if anything, they have the quality of a good home-cooked meal, rather than being the products of a culinary creative genius. However, the atmosphere complements the food, resulting in a satisfying restaurant experience.
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