The name ‘The Ivy’ conjures up images of luxury and fine dining, and The Ivy Brasserie brings this to Kensington High Street with a 7 day a week all day dining menu that gives a relaxed feel to luxurious eats.
Stepping into the Brasserie off the busy High Street brings a wave of calm and air conditioning, which in the current London weather is a God send that’s worth its weight in gold. The handsome maitre’d led us to our table clothed table (still a novelty for a country boy from Australia) and suggested that we try the set menu. After perusing its delights over a strawberry cocktail, I selected the crab entrée, steak as main and vanilla ice-cream with salted caramel sauce for dessert. Every part of the meal was cooked to perfection, but the made in house vanilla ice-cream was by far the highlight for me.
The set menu gives you plenty of choice with three options for each course, and for those who need gluten free options only two of the items on the menu are not gluten free. Out of those only one can not be altered to be gluten free. At £25 for two courses or £29 for three its a bargain for Kensington High Street dining.
Check out the website for booking details, though a number of tables remain unreserved throughout the day to allow more people to experience the Ivy’s classic take on fine dining.
Whether you are a Kensington local, a tourist or an after work drinker there is something for you in the main restaurant, the semi private table that seats up to 10, the garden terrace or the bar.
Overall I was happily surprised by the affordability of the menu and would recommend a visit, even if it is only to indulge your inner Hyacinth Bucket.
The Ivy Kensington Brasserie
96 Kensington High Street
Written by Rodney Williamson