We caught up with Ardita Sallova, General Manager at The Ivy St John’s Wood , to discuss what’s new, inspirations for the menu, and the most popular cocktails.
We are glad to see you back open in St John’s Wood High Street. How have you adapted the restaurant to open safely during Covid 19?
The safety of our guests and staff is paramount and we have gone above and beyond to ensure this. We have had thermal cameras for temperature checks installed at our entrance and we use tracking software for all our employees logging daily temperature readings over a seven-day rolling period.
The restaurant is deep cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis and we also have dedicated team members who have also been appointed to ensure that health and safety is at its highest standard on an on-going basis. We have adapted our seating plans to ensure that all tables are socially distanced in line with Government guidelines
If someone visits The Ivy, St John’s Wood for the first time, what food and drink would you recommend?
We offer an array of delicious dishes, wines and cocktails that perfectly complement each other. One of our favourites would have to be the Chicken Milanese, which is especially delicious when paired with a Pinot Blanc, Marc Kreydenweiss. If you have a sweet tooth, I’d have to recommend our iconic Chocolate Bombe which is sure to put a smile on your face.
Where does the chef get inspiration for the menus?
Our food offering is classic British cuisine with a modern, international twist. We also update our menus seasonally so we get the best produce available.
What is the most popular cocktail at The Ivy, St John’s Wood?
The Salted Caramel Espresso Martini – a modern twist on a classic cocktail and a firm favourite amongst our younger guests. Using only the finest ingredients such as Musetti coffee beans and Wyborowa Vodka alongside sweet caramel, it’s the perfect tipple for a post dinner cocktail.
Is there anything new coming up for The Ivy, in St John’s Wood? Will you be releasing any new dishes or cocktails to the menu?
We currently have our limited- edition Exotic Cocktails available throughout the month of September, all made with Whitley Neill Gin, each one is more delicious than the last.
We also update our menus every 3 months with seasonal produce to ensure our diners only receive the very best.
Can you tell us a fun fact about The Ivy, St John’s Wood?
On average The Ivy, St John’s Wood pours around 776 glasses of Champagnes a month alone!
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