The question is whether this version of The Ivy will live up to the Soho London original. They've managed to recreate the look of the London restaurant with oak panelling and green leather banquettes and the food is certainly excellent with very well-trained, attentive and friendly staff who seem to enjoy interacting with the customers. However,for those obsessed with celebrity culture, for the time being, there may well be far fewer celebs to spot! (on our visit chef Gary Rhodes was enjoying his evening a few tables away)
For main course, we ordered salmon fishcake and shepherd's pie (I had already decided on the legendary shepherd's pie before the table was even reserved as I like to think I'm a connoisseur and my own version-Mum's recipe-generally gets its fair share of compliments) Now the Ivy’s shepherd’s pie is made from both beef and lamb (of course normally shepherd's pie contains lamb and cottage pie is beef) but this dish exceeded all expectations. I loved the beef and lamb combination! It was well worth the 125 dirham price tag and I may now just have to tweak my own recipe!
|Salmon fishcake with spinach |
and sorrel sauce
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