The Ivy Spinningfields is a chic restaurant housed in The Pavilion, a new development in Manchester. Within the establishment, there is Ivy Brasserie on the ground floor, The Ivy Asia and Bar, located on the second floor and The Ivy Roof Garden where I had dinner. Upon walking in, I was quite enamoured by this Alice in Wonderland-esque space. We started our meal with a sommelier-recommended shiraz from South Africa — Journey’s End — a bold and structured red wine.
For seafood and steak aficionados, the menu is definitely gratifying. To begin my three-course meal here, I picked truffled wild mushrooms with potato rösti (Swiss style potato fritters), creamed mushroom and fried quail’s egg. For mains, I chose chicken Milanese, that is brioche-crumbed chicken breast with a fried egg. It came with parmesan and truffle cream sauce that balanced the crunchiness of the chicken, a hearty yet complex dish.
To conclude, I indulged some more and asked for a crème brûlée. The texturally contrasting layer of caramelised sugar was burnt to perfection while the pudding was the smooth antithesis.
Verdict: Exceptional food and service in a posh setting.
Hours: 1130 to 0300 (timings depend on the day of the wseek)
Price: Upwards of ₹1,302/₹1 £13.95 (for a main)
Contact: The Ivy Spinningfields, The Pavilion, Byrom Street, Manchester M33HG, United Kingdom