The Ivy at Kensington High Street

Kensington is full of wonderful places to eat out. Actually, there are so many it’s often so hard to choose! This is probably the area I am most clueless about when deciding where to dine because I normally travel to Notting Hill or Knightsbridge and Belgravia so don’t spend much time here when I’m hungry! 😉

When Elizabeth and I left The Chocolate Show at Kensington Olympia though, we needed a place to sit down and enjoy a nice lunch. After searching online we found out there was a Ivy Brasserie over in Kensington (we’d only been to the Chelsea one!) so we headed over there to try their menu.

First came the drinks, and they were really refreshing especially considering how packed the exhibition had been! Try one of the ‘thirst quenchers’ or iced teas for a good cool down 😉

Next (finally) the food! Elizabeth went with this season’s hottest soup: pumpkin! It came with truffled ricotta and sage, and was presented in a really nice way. The whole ceremony of pouring the soup over the ricotta was a great touch.

While the tenderstem broccoli, which came with lemon drizzled over, was nice, I fell head over heels in love with the spinach. Yes, really! I think this will become my go-to way to make spinach :)) What they did was cream the spinach, add shaved Gran Moravia on top, and sprinkle some toasted pine nuts over it. It was a really warm and inviting dish, and actually the nicest way I have tried spinach at a restaurant so far.

The grass-fed Sirloin steak was surprisingly nice too, although I do have to add this is not the kind of lunch you can Instagram 😉 On the other hand the food here is quite good especially if you’re in need of somewhere relaxing to dine, and somewhere you can trust to not underdeliver.

With decent dishes like steak tartare, it’s a place I would come to again, although I would definitely recommend sitting outside as the lighting is nicer 😉 It was closed that day but hopefully next time (for Brunch!- theirs is lovely).

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