We review the brand transforming 'All Day Casual Dining'.

From retailer space to picturesque brasserie: we take a look at the much talked-about addition to Birmingham’s food and drinks scene.

Formerly a Louis Vuitton boutique store, the space now housing one of the city’s most popular dining hot spots has undergone a complete metamorphosis over the past year. The Ivy, a brand well known for it’s vibrant and eccentric interiors and celebrity clientele, arrived in the Second City in 2018, bringing its sophisticated and relaxed dining environment to the financial district. 

Following The Ivy Temple Row’s grand opening last year, we reviewed the restaurant, stating in one of our previous issues: “It’s not often that a restaurant’s reputation precedes its development, and even less often when said reputation lives up to expectations. The Ivy Temple Row is one of the select few establishments that is able to boast both of the aforementioned.” 

Now, having returned to The Ivy nine months on, it’s hard to write anything about the restaurant and bar that isn’t in a whole-heartedly positive light. Having made its mark on the city in little under a year, the restaurant and bar proudly sits on the prestigious Temple Row as one of the most sought-after places to drink and dine. Comparing our most recent visit to The Ivy Temple Row with our last dining experience (late spring 2018), it was clear to see the high standards of service and quality of the dishes has been maintained. 

Sat in the lively venue filled with the constant buzz of friends, colleagues and families catching up over cocktails and cuisine, we were looked after by a lovely member of The Ivy Birmingham’s team. Headed by General Manager Liz Burton and Restaurant Manager Simon Warren, the level of service is, (as you would expect at a venue like The Ivy), excellent. The front of house staff are attentive, personable, well turned out and professional; seldom will you hear otherwise. 

We chose a range of dishes from the All Day Casual Dining menu – a mixture of brunch options, main meals and delicious desserts. All dishes were superb, lacking neither in flavour nor appearance. It would be rude to visit The Ivy and not try at least one of their famous cocktails. With options for guests with a sweet tooth, for customers preferring sour digestifs, and those that are all about extravagance, The Ivy cocktail menu holds an intriguing selection.  

Executive chef Sean Burbidge clearly takes pride in his creations – each plate is presented to perfection and is wholly Instagram-worthy (just head to the app for proof). Hosting countless business meetings, luxurious brunches, family meals, date nights, and events, The Ivy Temple Row is in the top handful of restaurants to visit in the city. After our second review of The Ivy’s casual dining menu, we still understand why.  

We Recommend:

To Graze

Crab cake

Honey-baked ham

To Feast

The Ivy shepard’s pie 

Eggs Benedict 

 

To Drink 

Candyfloss fizz cocktail 

 

To Treat 

Chocolate bomb

 

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