THE IVY SOHO BRASSERIE
26-28 Broadwick St, Soho
Located in one of the busiest and most popular areas of the West End, Broadwick Street in Soho, where once upon a time William Blake resided, The Ivy Soho Brasserie is a very sought-after destination – and this is totally justified. It’s a large restaurant with many works of art “inspired by Soho’s music scene, as well as by William Blake”, a very busy bar in the centre of the room, where you can watch the cocktails being made by the cocktail maestros. There is also a specious private dining room and a terrace for dining alfresco.
The Ivy Soho Brasserie is a classy affair. It’s friendly, inviting and cosy but elegant at the same time, where simple but utterly delicious modern British cuisine is served in style. The service is easy going, responsive, very engaging and professional. The restaurant reminds you of Parisian-style seating and every corner is unique. There is always a buzz of excitement here, a sure sign that everyone is happy and enjoying themselves. And to complement the atmosphere there is a DJ spinning music every Friday evening and throughout the weekend.
Considering the location, the quality of food and the popularity of the place, its pricing policy is unbelievably good. Everything is reasonably priced. The two-course lunch and pre-theatre menu is £16.50 and it’s just £8.75 for a cream tea! And the price of a bottle of a very adequate wine begins for both red and white at £19.75. Breakfast is also available from around 8 am.
Their cocktails are very well presented and perfectly balanced treats priced between £8.00 and £10.75, and you can watch your cocktail being made. It’s fair to say that the master cocktail makers have turned it into an art form. And if you’re a novice you can get friendly, helpful advice from the staff.
The Ivy Soho Brasserie is part of The Ivy Grills and Brasseries group, but is definitely one of their best. Don’t try to repeat this experience in another branch – you may be very disappointed. The Ivy Soho Brasserie is just a very special place, and you’ll find yourself going back there again and again. Remember to book in advance, especially for the evenings and weekends.