AD – This blog post contains a gifted meal from The Ivy Brasserie.

Last night Finn and I were extremely lucky to visit the Ivy in Clifton, which is very local to us for an early Valentines meal to review the selection on their menu and have a little quality time together. I have been to The Ivy a few times now, and have enjoyed many delicious meals in a beautiful setting. The restaurant oozes sophistication and a relaxed candle lit atmosphere perfect for a Valentines date night, or maybe even Galentines!

This year, The Ivy made sure that they welcomed this annual tradition and added a few things to their menu in order to help those celebrating really get into the tradition of the occasion. A passionfruit Cosmo was added to the cocktail selection, which had me at heart eyes straight away. I am absolutely obsessed with passionfruit, and am not at all partial to a Cosmo, so the two together sounded like absolute heaven. It did not disappoint. The taste of sweet fruit, with the sharpness of Vodka, meant for a balanced and utterly enjoyable aperitif prior to our meal.

To start our meal, I chose the Buffalo Mozzarella salad and Finn had the Duck Liver Parfait. The Mozzarella salad was delicious, paired with crispy artichoke and a truffle honey glaze. It was the perfect mixture of saltiness and sweet, as well as the soft texture of the mozzarella with crispy pears. The Duck Liver Parfait is a dish that both of us have enjoyed recently, and as ever, it was delicious. Smooth and creamy in texture, with a beautiful meaty taste, paired with some soft mouth watering brioche.

The main event – well except not in the case of this meal – I chose a new edition to the menu, Chicken Bourguignon. Having enjoyed many Beef Bourguignon, I had never tried a Chicken alternative, so I was feeling extremely excited to give it a go. Crispy Chicken, with some extraordinary creamy mash, a creamy mushroom and bacon lardon sauce all together with some sprouting broccoli. All I can say is, wow it was exquisite. It is everything I love in a meal and really tasted like a real treat for such a special occasion. Finn went for a Steak, which he said was extremely good with a luscious red wine sauce and some thick hand cut chips.

With our meal, we enjoyed a light and crisp red wine, Pinot Noir from New Zealand. I am the biggest red wine lover, and thoroughly enjoyed this one that our waiter Dominic suggested. It was the perfect balance in texture and taste with our entire meal.

To finish, obviously I had to try the Valentines dessert. To begin with, the dessert was absolutely beautiful. Served on a slate plate with gold detailing, the stand out red sorbet cake was without a doubt the most beautiful dessert I have ever been served, made even more perfect for the event with a white chocolate heart placed on top. The dessert itself consisted of a vanilla cake sponge at the bottom, filled with creamy ice cream and surrounded by a fresh and vibrant raspberry sorbet. I cannot even tell you how delicious it was and only wish I could let you taste it as you read this review. To finish the dessert it was topped with some cream, fresh raspberries and as mentioned the white chocolate heart. For ultimate indulgence, it was also served with a little pot of warm white chocolate sauce, bringing the whole thing together.

IT WAS HEAVEN.

As you can imagine, what with the cocktails, wine and large variety of food being served, I was feeling pretty giddy at the end of the meal and utterly full to the brim. It was all just so delicious and the perfect way to celebrate the most romantic evening of the year… if not one day early!

On Our Menu:

Passionfruit Cosmopolitan

Pinot Noir, New Zealand 

Buffalo Mozzarella & Duck Liver Parfait

Chicken Bourguignon & Sirloin Steak 

Valentines Cake & Chocolate Truffles

This meal was gifted and in collaboration with The Ivy Clifton Brasserie. All views and opinions are entirely my own.

Thank you to The Ivy Clifton for a wonderful evening and thoroughly enjoyable meal.

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