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Casual Chic at The Ivy Café, Marylebone

I’ve become a huge fan of The Ivy Restaurants after visiting The Ivy Chelsea Garden back in May and more recently the revamped original restaurant in Covent Garden. I was looking forward to visiting their latest venture, The Ivy Café, located in one of my favourite areas of London: Marylebone. With all the gorgeous fashion boutiques, local restaurants and artisan food shops in the village, The Ivy Café makes a perfect addition.
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 On the corner of Marylebone Lane, tucked away from the busy high street is this little gem. The-Ivy-Cafe
With bistro seating on the pavement, perfect for if you want to grab a quick coffee while you’re doing your shopping. DSC_3764 DSC_3769
As I entered, the buzzy atmosphere immediately hit me; the room is small compared to The Ivy Café’s older sisters but good use has been made of the space. A beautiful brass topped bar surrounded by studded stools forms the centre piece in the room but I loved the mirrored panelling on the walls…
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…the gorgeous artwork and the soft red leather seating. It looks completely different to the other two restaurants, much more casual but still super-stylish. The-Ivy-Cafe
The Café definitely retains that classic appeal that I loved about the other two.

The Ivy Café is part of the Caprice Holdings Group owned by Richard Caring which encompasses not only the other Ivy restaurants but also favourites of mine such as 34, Le Caprice, J Sheekey, and my all time favourite fish restaurant, Scott’s. Caprice Holdings also own the recently opened hot spot, Sexy Fish where I celebrated my birthday.
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My friend Lauren arrived and bubbly was ordered, she’s about to go back to work after her maternity leave and The Ivy Café seemed the ideal venue to toast her final week off. Lauren and I have the same taste in food so we negotiated who would have what from the menu of comfort food, salads and grills. I wasn’t surprised to see The Ivy classics on the menu, such as the Shepherd’s Pie, hamburger and fish cakes, there would be outrage among Ivy aficionados if they weren’t.
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My starter was tuna carpaccio and I loved this dish which was a hugely generous plate of perfectly prepared tuna with a big dollop of creamy crushed avocado. The fish was perfectly paired with a jalapeno, coriander and lime dressing and there a delicious contrasting crunch from the spicy croutons. DSC_3705
Lauren equally enjoyed her crunchy fried prawns which were also generous for a starter portion. The prawns were light, crisp and non-greasy and were given an Asian flavour by the accompanying wasabi mayo and miso sauce.
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Lauren chose the fish of the day, a perfectly cooked sea bream, and she loved the accompaniment of finely shaved apples which added just the right amount of sweetness. DSC_3711
My main course was a plump piece of swordfish served with a piquant chimi churri dressing. Perfectly cooked and beautifully succulent. The dishes were the ideal portion size for us but there’s lots of more hearty choices, the classic fish cake was hugely popular and we saw the significantly sized breaded salmon and haddock topped with a poached delivered to several tables.
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We also went for a tomato and basil salad.
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And some best of British chunky chips. Our light meal meant plenty of room for dessert and thanks to social media and Catherine’s blog, I knew exactly what to order…DSC_3734
The Chocolate Bombe was presented as a perfect sphere floating in a pool of milk foam…
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Our waitress poured the hot caramel sauce on the chocolate’s outer shell…DSC_3740
As it melted into itself…
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To reveal vanilla ice cream and honeycomb inside. Pure decadence and absolute heaven if you like salted caramel. DSC_3753
A strawberry shortcake sundae made up of vanilla ice cream, shortcake, crème chantilly and crush meringue was our other dessert. A little pan of warm poached strawberries sat on the side to drizzle on top. I do warn you both of these desserts are huge and probably require four people to finish them off; the strawberry meringue alone had five scoops of ice cream! Maybe not great for the waistline but definitely delicious and very good value for money. The-Ivy-Cafe
A cappuccino with perfect Ivy foam art and a couple of salted caramel truffles finished us off nicely. DSC_3742
Lauren and I both loved The Ivy Café, the food is classic and well-prepared but best of all is the fantastic buzzy brasserie atmosphere and the friendly service. Plus, I was in the perfect position to do some shopping afterwards…

The Ivy Café
96 Marylebone Lane
Marylebone
London

W1U 2QA

020 3301 0400

Our meal was complimentary but my opinions are my own.

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  • I’m hearing such good things about the new Ivy restaurant! Looks like you had a really delicious meal – I love all the fish that you ordered (I’m going through a phase of loving all things fishy!). Think I might have to pay a little visit soon..!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

    • It was so tasty! That’s what I mean about my friend and I we’re bot big fish lovers!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Glad to hear you enjoyed it too. I’d love to go back for dinner. It looks delicious.

  • Ellie Adams

    Oh my goodness, this looks like pure heaven. That dessert <3 <3 I love The Ivy Chelsea, such a gorgeous atmosphere and amazing food too!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

    • You’d love this one then Elle. It is smaller but it has a lovely intimate feel.

  • I need a whole blog just about chocolate bombes. Not a blog post. A blog. An entire blog. ChocolateBombeBlog.blogspot . com

  • I love this part of Marylebone, away from the huslte and bustle and full of little gems like this! I will definitely be paying a visit soon xx

  • It’s interesting to see the difference with the original Ivy that we visited, this one looks very cosy and I like the look of the swordfish

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • That dessert looks stunning! My tummy is rumbling reading this post.

  • Looks like you had a great meal! I had breakfast there recently and enjoyed it, but would love to go back again for more!

    • I’d like to return and try the breakfast, the menu looks great.

  • Catherine Lux

    Gorgeous photos Angie, I really regret not taking my DSLR when I went! Thank you for the mention, and I’m gonna have to try that strawberry shortcake dessert next time I go!!

    C x | Lux Life

  • So same thing has happened with this Ivy post – all the interior shots but all the food pics and text missing! 🙁 xxx

  • I missed out on my blogging date with the Ivy, unfortunately! I ended up being really ill. What a bummer – looks like I missed a goodie! I’ll have to arrange a visit for myself! x

  • Mehreen A

    Such gorgeous pictures hun – definately need to check out the melty, bombe dessert! #grumblytummy lol

    Mehreen A | wrapyourlipsaroundthis.com

  • That chocolate bombe though… need to go back just for that + espresso martini with the sweet infusions served on the side! xxx

  • Lucy

    The cafe for some reason reminds me of friends. It looks like it has a more relaxed feel and dinning experience to the othe Ivy’s. I love the look of your tuna and they can never be beaten on desserts wow Lucy x

  • I’ve been looking forward to reading about that chocolate bombe ever since I saw it on Instagram…and it looks and sounds even better than I imagined. Your blog is a pregnant woman’s nemesis Angie!

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine