The Ivy on the Square
6 St Andrew Square
+44(0)131 526 4777
Overall score: ★★★☆☆
When The Ivy on the Square announced that they were going to offer a dedicated vegan and vegetarian menu, the internet went bananas. Well, my Facebook page did anyway. When I shared the news with my fans, it was one of the most popular posts I have ever created both in terms of reach and clicks. People clearly wanted to know more about The Ivy’s new meat-free offering.
After seeing how excited everyone was, I knew that I had to go down and try it for myself. So, I grabbed my camera and my mate Emma from Edinburgh Feasts and we made a beeline for St Andrew Square to put this new menu through its paces!
Vegan food at The Ivy on the Square
As of September 2018, The Ivy on the Square has a separate menu for vegetarians and vegans, although this is only available at certain times of the day (see more details under opening hours below).
Most of the menu is vegetarian, with vegan options clearly marked in the description.
- Salted smoked almonds Hickory smoked and lightly spiced
- Spiced green olives Gordal olives with chilli, coriander and lemon
- Avocado and tomato cocktail Red pepper, lettuce and pomegranate dressed with a spicy harissa sauce
- Warm Asian salad Watermelon, pak choi, broccoli, cashew nuts sesame, coriander and hoisin sauce
- Roasted butternut squash with grains Buckwheat, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds and pomegranate with crumbled bean curd, harissa sauce and coriander dressing
- Sweet potato Keralan curry Chickpeas, broccoli, coriander and coconut served with rice on the side
- Baked sweet potato, harissa coconut “yoghurt”, mint and coriander dressing
- San Marzanino tomato and basil salad with Pedro Ximenez dressing
- Tenderstem broccoli, lemon oil and sea salt
- Thick cut chips
- Jasmine rice
- Herbed green salad
- Selection of fresh fruits Fruit plate with coconut “yoghurt” and chia seeds
- Sorbets Selection of fruit sorbets
How much does it cost?
Well, it’s the Ivy, so you can imagine that this food doesn’t come cheap. All the dishes above came to £60.64, including an automatically added (but optional) 12.5% service charge. The Keralan curry alone is priced at an eye-watering £16.95, so there are definitely much better places to go if you are watching the pennies.
Is it any good?
All other factors aside, the food itself is very good. I particularly enjoyed the warm Asian salad and, even though it was a bit on the pricey side, the Keralan curry was creamy and comforting.
The service was also second-to-none. There was a bit of a mix-up with our order, where they brought out a vegetarian butternut squash risotto instead of the vegan roast butternut squash with mixed grains. I wouldn’t expect a mistake like that to be made at The Ivy, but to give the staff their credit they were incredibly apologetic when they realised their mistake and rectified it within minutes.
I was a bit disappointed with the unimaginative selection for dessert – the choice was either fruit salad or sorbet. Yawn. Even though the fruit salad was a nice way to finish, refreshing with added depth thanks to the coconut yoghurt, it would be good to see more adventurous options on my next visit.
The fact that you can only order from the vegetarian and vegan menu at certain times of day is also a bit of sticking point for me. It would be nice if they extended the timings, or added more clearly labelled vegan options to their other menus.
Overall though, I am so happy that a mainstream sophisticated place like The Ivy have agreed to cater for the vegan diet. If you ever fancy giving yourself a real treat, then this is definitely a fabulous choice. Who says that vegans can’t enjoy the finer things in life?!
Menu info: ★★★★★
Value for money: ★★★☆☆
The Ivy on the Square Opening Hours
These opening hours are correct at the time of writing. For the most accurate times, check The Ivy on the Square website (linked above).
Monday 8 am – 12 midnight
Tuesday 8 am – 12 midnight
Wednesday 8 am – 12 midnight
Thursday 8 am – 12 midnight
Friday 8 am – 12 midnight
Saturday 8 am – 12 midnight
Sunday 9 am – 10.30 pm
It’s also worth noting that while these are the full opening hours, the vegan and vegetarian menu is only available Monday – Friday 11.30am – 11.30pm, Saturday 4pm – 11.30pm, and Sunday 4pm – 10.30pm.
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