Review on The Ivy on the Square
Richard Caring headed to Scotland with the opening of The Ivy on the Square in September 2017, overlooking the prestigious St. Andrew Square in the heart of the city of Edinburgh. It's an elegantly designed venue in bold hues with a beautiful Arancia onyx bar and gold pendant lighting. Walls are decorated with bespoke artwork by Adam Ellis taking inspiration from the surroundings and location, while seating is in the form of burnt orange and gold leather banquettes. When the weather is warm diners can take advantage of their mezzanine terrace overlooking the square.
Executive Chef Sean Burbidge together with Head Chef Umer Sumer draws on high quality ingredients for an all-day eating experience, that offers breakfast and afternoon tea in addition to lunch and dinner. There's a warm crispy duck salad with five spice dressing, toasted cashews, watermelon, beansprouts, coriander and ginger to start, followed by their signature shepherd's pie with slow-braised lamb shoulder with beef and Isle of Mull Cheddar potato mash, or for those who prefer fish choose the blackened cod fillet baked in a banana leaf with baby pak choi, shaved radish, toasted sesame and yuzu mayonnaise. Round things off with Scottish burnt cream, a classic set vanilla custard with a caramelised sugar crust and shortbread or the chocolate bombe, melting chocolate bombe with a vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre with hot butterscotch sauce.
Accompanying the food is a well conceived wine list that roams the globe together with cocktails in the shape of St. Andrew Royale, Hibiscus gin, sloe infusion, rose water and Crémant.
Sean Burbidge and Umer Sumer
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 8.00am (9.00am Sun) through
Dinner: 11.30pm (10.30pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express