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A table at the hottest place in town, Time & Leisure’s favourite foodie blogger Sisley White enjoys a girl’s night out at The Ivy Café

There has been an amazing buzz around The Ivy Café opening in Wimbledon Village and it certainly didn’t disappoint. As you enter it feels like walking into a glamorous Parisian restaurant with the old distressed mirrors, marble floor, vintage framed prints on the wall, the antique pewter bar and beautiful pendant lighting. The stunning and refined decor with Art Deco touches added an elegant backdrop to our girl’s night out.

We had heard through the grapevine that the best place to enjoy a meal at The Ivy Café was in the intimate terrace area and luckily that was where we were seated. The terrace was fitted with beautiful worn zinc tables, long benches piled high with blue and white cushions, matching blue blankets to cuddle up in, window frame mirrors, lanterns, climbing plants, bird boxes, metal tubs holding plants and the sweet smell of the jasmine lingering in the air all combined to create a beautiful setting that helped make the meal an experience.

After our afternoon in Wimbledon Village we decided to start the meal with Rosemary Lemonade mocktails which were incredibly cooling. A bubbling fizz of fruity and herb flavours which was refreshing and lovely to enjoy in the evening sunshine. We also enjoyed the peach and Elderflower Iced Tea made with Earl Grey tea and a Green super Detox Juice with lots of vitamins made from avocado, mint, celery, spinach, apple and parsley. This would be fantastic to enjoy with one of the beautiful light and healthy breakfasts or truffle scrambled eggs on toasted brioche for brunch one weekend.

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The Mozzarella Di Bufala was a creamy smooth and light starter served with asparagus, edamame beans, roasted pine nuts, pesto and garnished with baby basil. For what would seem like such a simple dish it was spectacular. The softness of the cheese complimented and challenged the strength of the pesto and this mixed with the bite of the perfectly cooked asparagus was divine. The Prawn Cocktail starter was the classic dish served with lettuce, avocado, cherry tomatoes and Marie Rose sauce. It was fresh, full of colour and textures with the mix of the soft prawns, a smoothness of avocado and added crunch of the lettuce.

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For our main course we chose the Salmon and Smoked Haddock Fish Cake served with creamed spinach, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce which had come highly recommended from the waiter. I opted for the Grilled Chicken with Quinoa Salad served with avocado, kohlrabi, pomegranate served with a yoghurt, ginger and lime dressing. As a side we had to try the Truffle Parmesan Chips. The truffle had a rich, earthy and natural taste that supported but didn’t overpower the strong taste of the parmesan.

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Even though we were full to the brim us girls had to try a dessert, well two desserts to share! We chose the Hot Flourless Chocolate Cake with chocolate sauce and raspberries and the Chocolate Bomb filled with vanilla ice and honeycomb with hot salted caramel sauce poured over. Having the hot salted caramel sauce poured over at the table made the dessert a spectacle. We had watched other diners delight at their pudding and we were both captivated at the presentation which we definitely believe added to the fantastic taste. The salted caramel was divine. It had a beautiful consistency and had the perfect amount of salt to work with the rich dark chocolate and the smooth vanilla ice cream.

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It is a fantastic restaurant with incredible fresh, seasonal, elegant food which The Ivy Café transform to create brilliant brunches when you want a delicious treat with the girls, a light leisurely lunch when you’re shopping in the Village or romantic intimate dinners where the puddings are a perfect size to share.

The Ivy Café, Wimbledon Village, 75 High Street, Wimbledon Village 020 3096 9333

Sisley White www.sewwhite.com

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