The Ivy is now officially open! We’re so excited to host The Ivy’s first Welsh brasserie...
Located on The Hayes, the new restaurant offers sophisticated yet friendly all-day dining in a beautiful setting complete with interiors inspired by Cardiff’s heritage (check out the dragon above the bar)! Whether you’re visiting for breakfast, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, the menus see modern British classics featuring seasonal ingredients.
Alongside the food menus is also an exciting series of locally inspired drinks
We recommend the Bae Caerdydd cocktail, which mixes vanilla vodka, Xante Pear Brandy and Chambord, with lemon juice, sugar syrup, pineapple juice and fresh raspberries. There’s also an extensive Champagne and wine list, so you can celebrate any occasion in style.
We caught up with Head Chef, Bartek Byba, to discover what makes The Ivy Cardiff so special, and what his favourite dishes on the menu are…
Hi Bartek! We’re so delighted The Ivy Cardiff has now opened here at St David’s. What can we expect from the menu?
Our menus are all-encompassing, serving everything from coffee and breakfast pastries, to more substantial dishes such as the roasted lamb rump with glazed Chantenay carrots, pattypan squash, baby turnips, creamed potato, parsley and red wine sauce – perfect for those looking to enjoy warming and comforting food as the colder weather sets in.
What do you think makes The Ivy Cardiff such a special dining destination?
In my opinion it’s a mixture of everything – friendly and professional service, good food and a vibrant atmosphere. We have something to suit all occasions and our interiors are certainly striking and impactful!
What would you say inspires you most in the kitchen? Are you influenced by the latest food trends when creating new dishes?
When cooking and creating new dishes I like to experiment by mixing together a number of traditional dishes to create a new culinary variation. It’s very exciting when you bring together a number of ingredients and flavours and it really works.
Finally, if you were to dine at the brasserie yourself, what time of day would you choose to visit and what would you order?
For me it depends on the weather. If it’s sunny outside I prefer to choose something light, such as the bang bang chicken salad, but if the weather is cold then it would have to be our classic Ivy shepherd’s pie– warming and comforting.