The Ivy Market Grill is located on the cobbled edge of the piazza in Covent Garden. It is a branch of one of the most famous restaurants in London, The Ivy, which is popular with celebrities and theatre goers. The brasserie has an air of exclusivity, maybe stemming from the fact that there was a time when you weren’t able to get a table here unless you were famous.
I came to The Ivy Market Grill with a couple of friends for a birthday brunch. The service was impeccable and I would have expected nothing less. The staff are on point with everything. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive throughout the meal.
The menu is broad with a selection of modern British inspired dishes. It includes a great breakfast, afternoon tea and brunch selection. There is also a pre and post theatre menu, due to its close proximity to the main west end shows making it an ideal spot for the many theatre goers dining in Covent Garden.
Avocado and spinach benedict
This was very tasty and well presented, no complaints here! I did have my heart set on the truffled eggs but sadly we were too late and this is only served for breakfast.
Crispy courgette fries with lemon and chilli. These were good, but I expected a bit more of the lemon and chilli flavour to seep through.
This was the bomb! A melting chocolate bomb with milk foam, vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre with hot salted caramel sauce. The waiter theatrically poured the hot salted caramel sauce over the chocolate ball to reveal the honeycomb centre leaving a bowl of delicious chocolate mess.
Reservations: Bookings can be made online via OpenTable
Location: 1A Henrietta Street, Covent Garden
Perfect for: A special occasion or afternoon tea