The Ivy

A piece of London in Dubai:
Located at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, The Ivy Dubai is the sister restaurant to the posh eatery in London’s West End and has established itself as a much-loved British brand in the region. The restaurant is renowned for serving classic British dishes with a touch of finesse and an emphasis on flavor. The setting and ambiance are as elegant and dignified as it can get, with minimal décor and subtle hues.
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It’s time to bid adieu:
There’s no doubt that The Ivy is the most treasured and iconic restaurants in Dubai. Having been running for almost five years, this classic eatery seems to have won the hearts of many ardent British-food lovers with its top-rated service and a menu to suit all tastes and pockets. So it justifiably came as quite a shocker when we learned that The Ivy will be serving its final two months in Dubai until New Year’s Eve because of its lease in Jumeirah Emirates Towers that’s coming to an end. But rather than sulking over an end of an era, the classic British restaurant will be having a stylish send-off to celebrate five years of memorable meals, music and evenings with a special Dhs200 three-course menu of popular dishes that guests have adored over the past years. Needless to say, we pounced at the opportunity of being a part of this final goodbye. This is one meal you wouldn’t want to miss.
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The Food:
For starters, we opted for the Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé with Gruyere, Parmesan, and Truffle. The soufflé was perfectly airy and well risen. Although the dish may seem like an overload of cheese, it wasn’t too heavy on the palette. The soufflé melted in our mouths with every morsel and left a beautifully rich aftertaste. We also had the Parma Ham, Burrata and Pear Salad that had a wonderful texture and tasted rather refreshing. The saltiness from the thin strips of ham went perfectly with the sweetness of the pear. We would’ve preferred the pear to have been poached a bit longer since it had an evident bite to it.
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Moving on to our mains, we started off with the classic Deep-Fried Haddock with Minted Pea Puree, Chips, and Tartare Sauce. The fish was just as we expected, crunchy on the outside and beautifully flaky and tender on the inside. The texture of the pea puree was just how we like it – not too smooth nor too chunky and the tartare sauce completed the flavors of the dish perfectly. Another classic and probably the best dish we’ve had at The Ivy was the Shepard’s Pie. It looks nothing like the traditional ones we’ve tried, but taste? It tastes better than any Shepard’s Pie we’ve ever had! Served with a generous portion of rich gravy and an impressively thick and crisp layer of mash potato, the flavors of this Shepard’s Pie will certainly transport you to a magical land of enlightenment.
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When it finally came to dessert, we went for our favorite – Banana Sticky Toffee Pudding that tasted indulgently rich and delicious. The dark caramel sauce had a beautifully bitter-sweet taste and was running enough to seep through all the airy pockets of the sponge. Loved the garnish of chopped bananas as well. Yum! Finally, we tried the Lemon Meringue Pie that was decadently plated with smears of blow-torched meringue, crumble, and edible flowers. We could eat ten of these slices with no difficulty whatsoever!
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Address and Contact Details:
Ground Level
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, UAE
Tel: 04 319 8767

The Bill:
Dhs200 for a three-course set menu of The Ivy’s classic dishes

Ratings:
Ambiance: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Value: 4/5

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