The Ivy in The Lanes: Breakfast Menu Review
“A beautifully gilded lily but the avocado toast needs work”
The Ivy in The Lanes is Brighton’s newest and flashiest-looking restaurant, located on Ship Street within the old Post Office building. It launched on the 2nd May and boy did it arrived with a bang! Fat-Boy Slim got the party started with an uplifting dance set, MasterChef winner Kenny Tutt was the guest of honour, and the free-flowing Champagne ensured everyone left slightly squiffy. It was one hell of a party but the food is what matters here, so off I went to test it out as soon as I could.
The breakfast menu
Along with a flock of Brighton’s blogging elite, I was invited to a bloggers’ breakfast during its inaugural week. Having already been in for a first look at The Ivy I didn’t waste time admiring the interiors, instead I zoned straight into the food.
We had a slimmed down version of the breakfast menu to order from which included: Buttermilk pancakes served with berries and Greek yoghurt – very tempting, Eggs Royale (with ham), Eggs Benedict (with salmon) and Avocado toast with poached eggs and tomatoes.
It was tough call between the pancakes (£8.95) and avocado toast (£8.25), but the avocado won me over because I’ve eaten a lot of it in Brighton and I knew I’d have plenty to benchmark it against.
A little bit before our breakfast choices were brought out, we were presented with a selection of mini pastries with tea and coffee. I ordered the Ivy 1917 breakfast tea blend, which came served in an ornate silver teapot, with The Ivy’s own blend of tea. The tea was good but it was a shame not to see proper tea leaves a) because it reduces packaging and b) because tea leaves typically have a better flavour. The pastries were nice enough but a bit sweet for me so I didn’t need to touch the preserves that came with it.
What I loved were the breakfast smoothies, which did an excellent job of waking me up on a morning where I was feeling very sluggish. I had the “Beet it” juice (£4.50) with beetroot, apple, lemon and ginger, the flavours of which hit me with force.
Lacklustre avocado toast
When breakfast arrived it all looked very impressive visually but the quality of the ingredients meant it didn’t let off any fireworks in my mouth. Cubes of avocado came sat on top of thinly sliced, toasted granary and although they were ripened and buttery soft, the flavour was a bit flat. It was a bit like paying for a Tesco Finest avocado and getting a Tesco Value one instead.
The two halves of grilled plum tomatoes followed much the same story, with very little flavour. If it were me, I would put a bunch of ripened on the vine tomatoes, alongside the avocado with a drizzle of lime/lemon all over to give the dish some much-needed zing.
Thankfully the eggs were the saving grace on my plate, perfectly poached and large in size with the buttercup yellow yolk pouring out onto the plate as I sliced into it. The sweet sesame dressing on top though was an odd pairing with the avocado and didn’t work for me.
What about dinner?
I’ve heard mixed reviews of the dinner menu – some have raved and others have told me it wasn’t all that. I’ll make my own mind up when I head back after it’s had time to get into it’s groove.
Rating: Must Go | Worth A Try | Give It A Miss
Price: £16.25 (for breakfast tea and juice for one person)
There’s absolutely no doubt that The Ivy has the best interiors of any restaurant in Brighton and the service is also up there with all the best restaurants too. Everyone I’ve come across there has been attentive, friendly and prompt, from the cloakroom staff (who actually put your coat on you), to the bar team and waiting staff. Nothing was too much trouble for these guys. Sadly on this occasion my avocado toast didn’t quite hit the mark.
The Ivy, Brighton
51 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF
*Disclaimer: I was invited to The Ivy but with or without an invite, my review remains the same – a fair and honest account.
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