Friday, 11 September 2020

The Ivy Brasserie Oxford

At the beginning of September something rather exciting happened. For the first time in many many months, my husband and I got all dressed up and went out for dinner. It might seem a little mundane but after months of lock down and covid restrictions it felt like the loveliest treat to get to go out and enjoy a delicious dinner just the two of us. 

Since the restaurants, pubs, cafes etc reopened at the beginning of July we have been out a couple of times but we haven't really had the chance to get all dressed up and have a proper night out until my husbands birthday. We took it as an excuse to make up for all those months of celebrations gone by without so much as a glass of champagne or a sparkly dress in sight, and went all out. 

We decided to try the Ivy Brasserie in Oxford. Since this restaurant opened last year we've been desperate to try it having only heard wonderful things. It certainly didn't disappoint. With stunning botanical decor, romantic low lighting to catch all the sparkles on my dress and a buzzy atmosphere it was the perfect place to celebrate all we've accomplished over the last seven months. 

We were soon sat down at our table, a lovely snug corner booth where I could enjoy a good spot of people watching (always my favourite, I am a writer after all). And it wasn't long before our delicious starters made it to the table. 

Truffle arancini for me and Yellowfin tuna cappacio for him. After such delicious starters I couldn't wait to get tucked into our mains and once again they didn't disappoint. The Ivy shepherds pie with creamy cheese mash was to die for and the Lobster linguine seemed to go down very well on the other side of the table. 

After dinner I decided to nip upstairs to see the infamous ladies powder room. Now, I don't know about you, but I love a pretty loo and The Ivy was giving me all the bathroom decor inspiration. Gold gilded walls, botanical floral print reaching up to the ceiling and your own private pink cubicle with sink and dryer all inside. What more could a lady want? (Told you I was a big fan of a loo!)

Back downstairs again and we ordered some deserts. By this point I was rather full but I was so excited to see that they offer a small bowl of chocolate truffles for desert. I don't think I have ever seen this on a menu before but I hope they start a trend because I loved it. The perfect little desert to satisfy me at the end of a very delicious meal. 

My husband decided to go for a slightly larger desert but I think neither of us could have expected what came. The biggest creme brûlée I have ever seen in my life. If you're a fan of a good creme brûlée then this is definitely the place for you. 

It was a fantastic meal and the perfect place to break our fast after months of no going out. The staff were wonderful, so polite and friendly and I even got a few compliments on my dress. I can't wait to go back again for another evening of celebrating and delicious food. 



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