We hae meat and we can eat, sae let The Ivy be Thankit
Burns Night doesn’t always have to be just haggis, neeps and tatties, poetry and song, it can also be drinks and dishes inspired by the bard using top Scottish produce. We were invited along to try out the special limited-edition items for Burns Night at The Ivy Buchanan Street in Glasgow but the menu is also available in the Edinburgh restaurant.
Suzanne Gilchrist, General Manager at The Ivy Buchanan Street said: “In addition to our a la carte menu, we’ll be serving up some Rabbie Burns inspired dishes including a twist on our famous Ivy Shepherd’s Pie with haggis, neeps and tatties.”
The other main course option is a Bulls head dry-aged Scotch rib steak. There are two special drinks to accompany these: Rabbie’s Coffee and A Wee Dramble. All of these specials will be available until Sunday 26th January.
The cocktail menu, created by The Ivy’s expert bar team includes Rabbie’s Coffee (£9.25), which uses Highland Park, vanilla syrup, coffee and double cream and A Wee Dramble (£9.75), featuring Highland Park, lemon juice, sugar syrup and crème de mure. Naturally, we had one of each, because, well, why the hell not? The Dramble was refreshing, sweet and sour thanks to the tart lemon with whisky replacing the usual gin of a Bramble.
Any fans of Irish coffees or espresso Martinis should naturally gravitate to the coffee cocktail.
Firstly, some bread – a full loaf in fact! Fresh with a great crust. Great butter too but it could have been softer.
the main attraction is the Bulls head dry-aged Scotch rib steak (£44.95), served with a whisky sauce. It’s an absolute beast of a steak (not the timorous kind). Weighing between 650 – 750 grams it can easily be a meal for two so it’s a lot of money but it’s ideal for sharing. We ordered a side of chips and had a steak each. Cooked medium-rare it was cooked just right and very moreish but the sauce was a wee bit on the salty side when we expected more of a creamy sauce.
Haggis, neeps and tatties shepherd’s pie (£15.50), which is made with slow-braised lamb leg, beef and haggis, accompanied by a red wine sauce. Shepherd’s pie is something you don’t really find on many restaurant menus but keeping in with the concept of the Ivy, of offering non-pretentious dishes done well in plush surroundings, it is one of their classic dishes, tweaked slightly for Burns celebrations. We loved it – very meaty and slightly spicy with smooth mash and just enough turnip.
There aren’t many restaurants that are filled to the brim on a Monday night but The Ivy was ‘jumping’ when we came to eat but it was still cosy. The food and drinks were excellent and so was the service. The steak does look pricy but I hope we’ve shown that it’s huge and can easily be shared between two, if like us you order both dishes on the Burns menu. After these and the bread we had no room for dessert and went home absolutely stuffed!
Also, we had a beer on our visit, which was the Untitled IPA from Edinburgh Beer Factory and they have a craft lager brewed for them by the brilliant Harviestoun in Alva so it’s not just a place for cocktails, wine or champagne. You can drink good beer here too.
Get along to sample the limited edition menu by this Sunday. Toilets were checked and in perfect order. The Ivy is also worth a visit just to see the toilets!
106 Buchanan Street
The menu is also available at the Ivy Edinburgh.
Near to Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central Mainline railway stations.
Buchanan Street and St Enoch Glasgow Underground Stations
Disabled toilet on ground floor, tables can be a bit tight, but they are movable. There is an upper floor but you can dine downstairs.
Disclaimer: we received a complimentary meal but Fred sez we is da honest and didn’t milk it even though he loves milk.