The Ivy Brasserie Norwich
Within the heart of Norwich, The Ivy Norwich Brasserie offers sophisticated and friendly all-day dining to both residents and visitors alike.
On London Street, the Brasserie is open seven days a week featuring an extensive all-day menu and a beautiful focal point bar.
The Ivy brand is synonymous with high-quality food, exceptional service and stylish interiors, so when we learned that The Ivy Brasserie was due to open in Norwich, I could hardly contain my excitement.
We had our first ‘sneak peek’ at the VIP press event, which took place at the beginning of August.
The décor features eye-catching yet refined interiors designed by the acclaimed Martin Brudnizki Design Studio.
I think I stood in silence for a few seconds when I entered the building; having never been to an Ivy Brasserie before, I didn’t expect it to be so beautiful.
The signature green colour palette sits against striking leather banquettes, polished marble floors and bronzed antiques.
Bright colourful prints mask the walls from floor to ceiling; its Art Nouveau styling gives a sense of grandeur and elegance, not forgetting the central focal point – the grand marble-topped bar glistening with shiny champagne glasses.
After the launch, they invited back to experience The Ivy in all its glory.
Whilst the decor is indeed something to shout about, it’s the food and drink selection that really is the star attraction. Here you can dine in, or just sip on a glass of something in the bar area.
“In a salute to the local area The Ivy offers locally sourced products”.
From Bure Gold and Wherry Amber Ale, brewed by Woodforde’s in Woodbastwick to Norfolk’s Boadicea Gin used to make the signature cocktails including the Iceni Martini and Felbrigg Gardens.
In terms of food you can expect modern British classics for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Menus include signature dishes such as The Ivy Collection shepherd’s pie, a truffle chicken sandwich and grilled fish, as well as light and healthy brunch options, delicious afternoon teas and an extensive drinks menu. For me as a vegetarian, it delighted me to see a special vegan/vegetarian menu.
As we took our seats in the first floor restaurant, service was quick and the staffs were incredibly friendly. I had a lovely conversation with the smellier who helped us choose a lovely bottle of white wine to complement our meal, whilst the other waiter helped with food recommendations.
Whilst I made my all-important food choice decision, I treated myself to a delicious Candy Floss Fizz (Candy floss and Prosecco complemented with Rose, Lychee, Ginger and Havana 3-year-old rum). It was a fun drink although my husband kept trying to steal my Candy Floss! Ladies beware!
To start, I opted for the ‘Mozzerella Di Bufala’ a Caprese salad. I can only describe this as one of the freshest salads I’d had all summer, creamy, milky, mozzarella cheese topped with juicy sweet tomatoes, complimented with punchy pesto. Moorish! Whilst my husband had the ‘Truffled Orzo Pasta’, the scent of the truffle was heavenly, sadly I was to engrossed in my own food to remember to steal a bite on this occasion!
Onto the main event, I selected the ‘Sweet Potato Keralan Curry’; it was flavoursome, with just a hint of spice. They served the rice on the side with some coconut yoghurt, which I liked as I could decide on how much I wanted, all in all a very cute dish. Sam had the ‘Chargrilled Halloumi with Padron Peppers’ and a few side dishes; it looked delicious and made a nice change from the standard vegetarian Goats Cheese Risotto!
For pudding, there was only one contender for me, the Chocolate Bomb – heaven in a dish. They poured a warm sauce over the hard case of chocolate; it melted before my eyes to reveal honeycomb pieces in vanilla ice cream! Sam had the Blackberry Ice Cream Sunday, lovely but still not a patch on mine!
We loved every moment of our evening here from the atmosphere, to service, to the food and drink on offer; even the background music was fitting! The attention to detail throughout the entire restaurant is obvious – even the washrooms exude Gatsby era elegance, and as we all know, if the toilets are good, the rest is going to follow suite!