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The Ivy St Helen’s Square – Spectacular Summer dishes that will not disappoint

As we enter the last few weeks of summer and the school holidays, you may be looking for somewhere to get that final summer treat.

Wine & Dine’s editor, Lisa Warrener was invited to try out the Ivy’s summer menu which you can get in the restaurant until the 1st of September.

From the 1st of September, the autumn menu will be launched where more heart-warming seasonal dishes will be showcased. But for now, those blue skies are still here and those sizzling summer vibes.

As always, we were greeted by the lovely staff and couldn’t wait to sample some superb summery dishes.

Upon arrival there reputation spoke volumes, the restaurant was full, they had people queuing out of the door trying to get tables. We started our evening with their amazing cocktails, French Garden and Passionfruit Bellini, both these cocktails was lovely, really refreshing and left you wanting more. What cocktail doesn’t?!

The staff were very attentive and friendly, a special shout out to our waitress Abbie who literally couldn’t do enough for us.

For starters we went for Roasted Scallops, £13.95 and Asparagus with Truffle Hollandaise, £9.75. If you are a regular reader of our reviews you will know that Scallops are my favourite starter, so we couldn’t wait to see if these were good. They were cooked perfectly and paired extremely well with the potato Roark. The crispy potato rosti was lovely, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The Parmesan sauce and grated truffle added a real elegance to the dish.

The warm asparagus spears with baby watercress was also a delicious starter. This also was complemented by truffles, this time in a hollandaise sauce and again this elevated the dish. This dish was the perfect refreshing and light starter, which was perfect as we knew we had some hearty mains coming.

Before our mains arrive we tried the Oasis cocktail which was created by Panos Gkikarakis from The Ivy Soho Brasserie using Horse With No Name Bourbon infused with Habanero mixed perfectly with Cointreau, white chocolate, banana, chocolate bitters and finished with a coconut mist. Just wow. What a drink, it tasted so naughty but we loved it.

Our main courses were Steak Tartare, £19.95, and The Ivy’s Shepherd’s Pie, £14.75. The hand-cut raw beef stripling with a tabasco mustard dressing was wonderful. Served with cornichons, shallots, parsley, egg yolk and ivy cut chips, this was a dish I’ve always wanted to try but never ordered previously, I took the plunge and I wasn’t disappointed, the egg yolk was a beautiful bright orange and the whole dish worked perfectly, would definitely order again.

The Ivy Shepherd’s Pie showcased slow-braised Swain David butchers lamb, beef and red wine sauce topped with a cheddar potato mash. What’s not to love about a shepherd’s pie? A guaranteed beautiful, tasty main course, the cheddar mash was subtle but lovely, a solid stable dish that we throughly enjoyed!

We couldn’t not be tempted into getting a dessert as the all looked mouth watering. We chose Creme Brûlée, £7.25, a classic set vanilla custard with a caramelised sugar crust, and the
Chocolate Bombe, £9.50, a melting chocolate bombe with a vanilla ice cream, honeycomb centre and hot salted caramel sauce.

The creme brûlee was sweet and very creamy, exactly how it should be. The beautiful custard-like texture was extremely light, again we couldn’t fault this dish. The chocolate bombe is a must have for dessert! It was absolutely devine. If you are sweet toothed you will certainly not be disappointed with this dish. The staff come to the table and pour the sauce over the bomb so that it melts right before your eyes. This was incredible to watch and added to the spectacular dessert.

Overall, the food, drinks and service was outstanding. The staff were on hand to offer recommendations and also offer an attentiveness you don’t get at many places.

So if you are looking for somewhere to indulge boasting light, refreshing dishes that have a high quality and also fill you up, definitely head down to The Ivy St Helen’s Square, York!



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