This past weekend my friends treated me to a belated meal out at The Ivy Victoria Quarter in Leeds. Here is what I thought of my time spent there.
The Ivy Victoria Quarter:
The Ivy Victoria Quarter is within the Victoria Quarter in Leeds city centre. Opening in September 2018, and is an addition to the ever-growing ‘Ivy’ chain. The restaurant offers two floors of dining with a bar area that can seat twelve people. Beautifully decorated in florals, bright colours and just pure decadence. I especially like the art-deco feel to the place; something that I have always liked in decor.
The toilets are just as nicely decorated as the rest of the place (I love checking out the restaurant’s toilets!). A beautiful room fragrance hits you as you walk into the toilets, however, you do leave tasting it afterwards. Not so pleasant! The tiles in the toilets look hand painted and definitely carry on the theme of the restaurant.
An Evening Out:
As this was a belated birthday meal out, my friend’s had booked a table for 5 p.m on a Friday evening. This is a perfect time to book a table; as the restaurant isn’t too busy but still has plenty of atmosphere.
During the week there is a set dining menu; which offers three courses for £21 which is a bit of a bargain for The Ivy. We opted to try dishes that weren’t on the set menu; as nothing on the set menu really jumped out at us.
The Ivy Victoria Quarter has a vast drinks menu; including wines, beers and cocktails. All varying in price; however, you should expect to pay a bit more; one with it being The Ivy and two with it being in the centre of town. I had a lovely cocktail which cost just under £9. The Honeysuckle Daiquiri served in a coupe glass. This cocktail contains rum, honey, lemon and orange juices; finished with mint and edible flowers. I must say this was a lovely cocktail, and one I would definitely get again! How beautiful is the touch of the flowers on the top?
My friends opted for a pink gin and tonic, and a glass of prosecco. Again all fairly priced with the G&T being around £10 and the prosecco being under £7 for a glass.
The Ivy Victoria Quarter Mains:
Skipping on the set menu, we went straight for the main meals. There are a plethora of dishes to try from the main menu or a la carte menu, all great for whatever your preference. There are quite a few dishes for the seafood lover; as well as options for vegetarians and vegans. These dishes can also be found on their separate menu.
Two of us opted for the chicken Milanese. This is basically chicken breast in a brioche crumb with San Marzanino tomatoes, capers, rocket, Parmesan and pesto. Adding parmesan and truffle thick cut chips as a side. The chicken dish costs £15.95, with the added chips costing £4.50, so definitely not a cheap meal; but then again you are at The Ivy. I must say this dish is delicious. It has the right balance of crispiness to the crumb but without the chicken being dry. The added topping of the capers, tomatoes, pesto, rocket and parmesan really adds to the dish. You need the addition of the side dish to make this a full meal though.
The other dish sampled was The Ivy’s fish and chips. This dish looked really tasty, with a decent amount of battered fish arriving on the plate. The batter appeared to have just the right amount of thickness and crispiness too. The tartare sauce comes separately with a beautiful decanter of vinegar too.
There is a great range of desserts to sample at The Ivy Victoria Quarter; including a cheeseboard, tarts, cakes and ice cream. We decided to share a dessert; choosing the very delicious and decadent ‘Chocolate Bomb’. This dessert is amazing! I am so glad we shared it though, as I feel this would be too much to eat on your own, that is unless you have an incredible sweet tooth.
The chocolate bomb consists of a vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre wrapped up in a ball of chocolate; with a hot salted caramel sauce to pour over and melt the chocolate. Heaven in a dessert! I think there may also be some form of popping candy in this; unless it is the honeycomb crackling in your mouth. I would highly recommend this dessert.
As well as this dessert; the waiter brought me a little birthday treat. A small cream filled tart decorated with raspberries and a ‘Happy Birthday’ chocolate. A candle added a finishing touch to it.
A Swanky Evening Out at The Ivy Victoria Quarter:
All in all, this was a great evening out. A great way to celebrate an occasion. I would like to try the set menu at one point; as I think this is great value; although limiting with the choices available. The service was great; with all waiters being friendly. My only complaint would be that there was a bit of a delay in our orders being taken; which isn’t a problem if you are unable to decide what you would like.
Also on offer is an afternoon tea; with the option of adding prosecco. I think this is around £26 or £27 per person, which is fairly steep. Reading the menu there doesn’t appear to be a great amount of choice with the afternoon tea; so I am not sure whether I would try this one. I am partial to an afternoon tea though!
Have you been to The Ivy Victoria Quarter or another one of their branches? Let me know in the comments below!