The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Gluten Free Dining – London, UK.
Ah The Ivy, traditional British grub, which just happens to be one of my favourite cuisines (but then again I guess I’m obliged to like it being British and all). I’ve eaten there several times now; in fact, some of the staff members would probably say that I’ve become somewhat of a regular. But who could blame me? The quality of food as well as their weekend brunch menu is rather hard to resist.
The Weekend Brunch
One of my personal favourites. The Ivy Chelsea Garden weekend brunch, where you can opt for the champagne afternoon tea for only £27.50. Now anyone who knows London prices knows that this is an amazing deal, especially for such a high-end restaurant. This offer runs every Saturday and Sunday (and Bank holidays) from 11am to 4pm. Amazing I know! Just make sure you book a table in advance to avoid disappointment.
I like to keep things interesting so I chose from the à la carte many during my last visit. Ordering the beetroot and goats cheese salad to start with wild mushroom risotto for my main. I’ve previously had the meat selection to start (without pickles) which is also very tasty. I’ve also ventured out of my comfort zone a few times and tried some of the other gluten free dishes, but honestly, the risotto is by far my favourite as there is just enough to fill you up, But, more importantly, the rice is perfectly cooked. You know how it can be with some restaurants, either the risotto resembles mush or it’s just a little too ‘al dente’.
Now for dessert, as a celiac you’re really spoilt for choice here. The cheese selection is to die for (just make sure you ask for a little more cheese to substitute the lack of bread). They also have frozen mixed berries covered in hot white chocolate sauce, and WOW, it’s so good! The cappuccino brûlée is also pretty good but sometimes a little too much if you’re feeling quite full. And if you’re feeling very full, I’d suggest trying the homemade sorbet with fresh fruit. Again, very tasty.
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