The Ivy Café, the new offshoot of Caprice Holding's venerable London restaurant the Ivy, is to open in Marylebone on 3 November.
The new venue, which will be in the space previously occupied by the Union Café, will offer breakfast, elevenses, brunch, lunch, afternoon snacks, cream tea and dinner, with menus created by executive chef Sean Burbidge.
The Martin Brudnizki Design Studio interiors will feature a brass top bar, pendant lighting, marble floor tiles and red leather banquettes, creating a more casual, all-day dining environment.
Typical breakfast dishes include toasted crumpets served with Marmite, mustard and parsley butter; and chopped avocado with roast plum tomatoes and poached free-range egg on toasted granary with spicy sesame dressing.
For brunch or an afternoon snack, there is the Ivy Café's HLT (grilled halloumi, avocado, lettuce and tomato served with thick-cut chips), and the croque monsieur (ham hock, Gruyère and Dijon mustard béchamel).
Meanwhile, sample dishes on the lunch and dinner à la carte menu include: chicken liver parfait, served with toasted ciabatta, caramelised hazelnut and a cherry and Szechuan pepper compote; roasted butternut squash with grains, salad of buckwheat, chickpea, pumpkin seeds and pomegranate, with crumbled feta, harissa yoghurt and coriander dressing; and lobster risotto with fennel, lemon and tomato.
Some 50% of the tables will be held back for walk-ins at the 94-cover venue, which is run by general manager Thasanee Robinson.
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