When The Ivy came to Cardiff

When The Ivy came to Cardiff

The world famous restaurant group will soon open its first Welsh outpost at the former Jamie’s Italian site on The Hayes.

Not only do I love food, I was lucky to have a sneak peak of the legendary restaurant via my ever talented friend Josh, the General Manager.

Translating his attention to detail with the highly trained team, via the legendary style of The Ivy; Cardiff has been presented with a glamorous multi layer restaurant that provides their clients with an experience like no other in the Welsh capitol.

Stepping into an almost bygone era of sparkling cut glass crystal, pristine table linen and lush greenery, softened by blush tones and jewel hued upholstery.

And that dear reader, is just the interior.

Menus feature modern British dishes drawn from The Ivy’s own extensive menu so, whether you are looking for afternoon tea or a three-course meal, you can be sure of excellence in both quality and choice.

From sitting under the delicate blooms of the tree that is the focal point on the first floor or the watchful gaze of the gilded dragon on the ground floor perched on the bar, or via the private dining room; there is an extensive choice of food, cocktails, teas and coffees throughout the day.

Offering residents, businesses and shoppers a relaxed yet sophisticated dining experience. Starting the day with their breakfast menu, offering a Ivy take on the traditional as well as a lighter dish.

There’s a selection of juices and smoothies to accompany plates such as a comforting full breakfast (a vegetarian option is available too) , buttermilk pancakes or a healthy poached eggs and crushed avocado on Gluten-free dark caraway toast, pomegranate, sesame and toasted seeds. There’s a tempting weekend brunch menu too, exactly what Saturday and Sunday mornings are made for.

Moving on to the Al a Carte menu, one is spoilt for choice, from a refreshing starter of Yellow fin Tuna carpaccio, a warming roast pumpkin soup to the main course.

This in itself is quality ingredients presented and cooked the way they should be. Served by impeccably dressed staff, framed by gleaming silverware the meals vary from their famous shepherd’s pie to a variety of steak cuts with five different sauces.

If Vegetarian or Vegan is more your thing, they have an extensive menu, that has a refreshing variety compared to the standard offering in most restaurants.

Last but not least, the dessert menu. Obviously I felt it rude not to order the Chocolate Bombe (and yes, my PT/Client Owen caught me out on my instagram posts… sorry, it was worth the burpees) This was a melting chocolate bombe with a vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre with hot salted caramel sauce,  this in itself is worth booking a table for.

Moving on though, there are ten options on the dessert menu from Creme brulee to Cheese, I can only advise you to leave room for pudding…

With every course, there’s a suggested wine or similar; even little touches like chilling the glass with crushed ice before serving a crisp dry rose whilst having pre-dinner drinks, that’s what makes it stand out.



The Ivy Collection’s managing director Baton Berisha said: “Cardiff is a vibrant and bustling city with a fantastic dining, shopping and tourism scene, so we’re incredibly excited to be opening our first restaurant in Wales in the capital, and we can’t wait to welcome locals and visitors to our new restaurant very soon”

Each restaurant has been designed to deliver the memorable experience that is synonymous with The Ivy’s unique style, and extend the magic of our celebrated West Street venue to handpicked locations across London and the UK, and Cardiff does not disappoint.

Restaurants are open seven days a week offering a full service from breakfast through to dinner. Each restaurant also has a dedicated number of unreserved tables available throughout the day offering everyone the chance to enjoy a little taste of The Ivy’s glamour, whatever the occasion.

Good luck to Josh and everyone at The Ivy Cardiff, with over 10,000 tables booked already; they are ready to shine on open day next week.

to book a table click on the link!


2 Responses

  1. Well written Lorna made me feel hungry so early in the morning .

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