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Review: The Ivy Clifton

PUBLISHED: 10:01 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:01 14 November 2017

The fabulous bang bang chicken to start

The fabulous bang bang chicken to start

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Charlotte Skidmore makes a return trip to The Ivy Clifton Brasserie to see if its new set menu is too good to be true

Served from 11.30am-7pm Monday to Friday, the set menu at The Ivy Clifton Brasserie is priced at £16.50 for two courses or £21 for three. ‘There must be a catch,’ I thought. But no, no catch, it really is as good as it appears to be.

My dining partner and I matched each other’s choices entirely. Normally when I’m doing a review I try to make sure there is some variety, but I guess the only down side to the set menu is that there are only three choices for each course, so it was a bit tricky. I say ‘down side’ but actually it’s totally understandable for that price point. There were of course vegetarian and fish options for starter or main along with meat ones.

We had the bang bang chicken to start, which was absolutely beautiful; a fantastic mixture of sweetness and spice, with the crunch of the nuts mixing perfectly with the stickiness of the sauce and the subtle flavours of the sesame and Oriental-style salad.

It was flattened sirloin for the main course, with hand cut chips and a butter – though the waiting staff were entirely happy for us to choose a sauce rather than a butter.

The steak was nice and juicy, tender and well cooked. It was all washed down with a beautiful, full-bodied Malbec, served at just the right temperature. One point from my dining partner though; please can they make more than one lager available (I know what you’re thinking but I said I’d make the point!).

For dessert we asked if we could pick off the à la carte menu as my dining partner had his heart set on the signature chocolate bomb. I chose the apple tarte flambé and both dishes are real crowd pleasers.

The waiting staff come to the table and pour the sauce over the chocolate bomb so that it melts into a gorgeous state of gooiness and then they light the tarte so it caramelizes in part. I’ve had the chocolate bomb before and loved it but the tarte was something else – amazing.

You don’t just eat at The Ivy, it’s an entire experience, from the beautiful bar and waiting staff in their bow ties to the high windows and 1920s vibe – it’s an experience you will never forget.

For more details and to book a table, visit The Ivy Clifton Brasserie website here.

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