Last week, Stefan and I spent a couple of days in Leeds for a spot of shopping and of course, food was involved. The Ivy Victoria Quarter kindly invited us to sample their Lunch menu. I’m a huge fan of The Ivy but can you believe I’ve never been to the one in Leeds? I was very much looking forward to sampling the culinary delights in between hitting the shops!
The Ivy, Leeds is located in Victoria Quarter with a little seating area in the arcade for when it gets rather busy. The main enterance to the restaurant is on Vicar Lane and we were greeted by a gorgeous floral display for Valentine’s Day. I love seeing how they decorate their enterances, it’s always been something different and beautiful whenever I pass the York restaurant. We were quickly seated by the window with a bird’s eye view of the restaurant and bar. The decor of this place is incredible and even more so when I went upstairs to the bathrooms (you might have spotted that on my Instagram stories).
To start off with, we both ordered some drinks. We both got beverages from the coolers and non-alcoholic cocktail menu as Stefan was driving. Stefan went for the Mixed Berry Smoothie which was a mix of different berries, coconut milk and lime. I went for the Farmhouse Fruit Bowl which was a blend of pear, Morello cherry, apple and lemon topped with London Essence Co. Rhubarb and Cardomom Soda. I’m not even joking, my drink was absolutely delicious, one of the best concoctions I’ve ever had. After Stefan had a sip of mine, I could see the drink envy on his face. If you go to The Ivy, you must get this drink. Absolutely delicious.
We were both dining from The Ivy’s Lunch set menu where you can get either two courses for £16.95 or three courses for £21.00. The menu is served Monday to Friday from 11.30 to 6.30. It’s perfect for a lunch date which we had or an early evening meal. We both decided to get two courses and I got the Bang Bang Chicken to start. I think I had this before at the York Fashion Week event at The Ivy, York. The dish features crispy chicken with a sweet chilli and peanut dressing on a ranch salad. The dressing does have a bit of a kick but it’s a really unique dish which I really loved.
For the main course, Stefan went for the Hoisin Glazed Crispy Duck served with Pak choi and coriander mashed potatoes and broccoli. Stefan’s a big fan of duck and he really loved this dish. I went for the Steak option served with thick-cut chips and peppercorn sauce. On the set menu, this dish actually comes with a fried egg but I opted to have it without. I had no complaints about the meal, the steak was cooked actually how I liked it and the thick-cut chips were amazing. So crispy yet fluffy on the inside.
As Stefan didn’t get a starter, he went for a dessert and chose the Strawberry Ice Crem served with pistachios and white chocolate sauce. It did look really yummy but Stefan was thrilled that the white chocolate sauce was warm to pour over the ice cream. It was a great mix of flavours.
We had a lovely lunch experience at The Ivy, Victoria Quarter. It’s just somewhere that every time I go, I just love it even more. I’m already planning to take my Mum soon. The Lunch Set menu went down a treat with us and there were some great options to choose from. I also believe they have daily specials available. A massive thank you to The Ivy, Victoria Quarter for having us. We no doubt will be back soon.
Have you visited The Ivy?
*Our meal at The Ivy, Victoria Quarter Leeds was complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.