Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
The Ivy is one of London’s most famous restaurants which has served patrons since 1917 from high-society starlets to the rich and famous. After closing for a brief refurbishment, earlier this year, which included selling off some of the world-famous artwork, it has reopened to much celebration. From the outside, the iconic diamond-patterned windows hide the famous and not-so famous faces whilst the doormen are welcoming and helpful. The dark oak parquet floor centers around a good island bar which is smartly decorated with rose-pink velvet chairs with polished glass and crystal all around.
Despite the popularity of the venue, the seating is intimate and separate enough to enjoy some privacy with individual tables decorated with beautiful crisp linen clothes and distinctive Ivy cutlery.
There is no GLUTEN FREE Menu but the waiting staff were all very helpful in advising which dishes could be made GF and which couldn’t. I have to admit I was disappointed that I couldn’t enjoy the famous Shepherds Pie ( as they must add wheat flour to the sauce!) but there was plenty to choose from…
I didn’t have a “goat’s cheese croquetas” but the ceremony in which the soup was poured into the warmed bowl (in a silver heated jug) meant that I enjoyed a hot soup which was lightly beaten. I spotted a few peas in the bowl before it was poured in and have to say it was one of the best bowls of soup I have ever had. Light, summery and flavoursome.
The GLUTEN FREE Bread was served warm and had a very firm crust and was presented with whipped butter. It had a soft inside but was rather heavy as GF bread can be.
My GLUTEN FREE Main Course was the beautiful with melt-in-the-mouth Scallops served with a few leaves and a light dressing. They were cooked to perfection and they had amended this dish so I could eat it (missing out on the Soy Braised Pork which would have added a new contrasting dimension to the dish).
I also enjoyed a side of salted fries which were very crunchy and of course GLUTEN FREE.
Champagne and Elderflower Jelly with Strawberries and a delightful Strawberry Sorbet. A sweet and boozy dessert which hit the spot. The jelly did wobble a little and of course, the gold leaf floating in the jelly added to the luxury of the product!
So a lovely luxurious and decadent GLUTEN FREE Lunch was enjoyed. The flavours of the dishes, the level of attentive service and the exclusiveness of the surroundings made it a special Lunch: one to be remembered.
Other special treat GLUTEN FREE meals reviewed on my blog in London include… Afternoon Tea at Fortnums & Mason, GF Lunch at Niche (100% GF), Skylon at the Royal Festival Hall and Galvins at Windows, Hilton Park Lane.