The ivy

CHAM­PAGNE GAR­DEN

Food & Home - - Joburg Nightlife -

The view, the view, the view: this sim­ply can’t be em­pha­sised enough. In fact, when The Ivy’s owner, Ri­cardo da Costa, de­cided to cre­ate a space that of­fered out­stand­ing food, fine drinks and – most of all – a comfy place to min­gle, his start­ing point was Jo­han­nes­burg’s iconic sky­line.

It’s not sur­pris­ing, then, that many of The Ivy’s regulars ar­rive in time to watch that sky­line trans­form as evening de­scends. It’s also not sur­pris­ing that mu­sic is an in­trin­sic part of this scene, given that Ri­cardo has a back­ground in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. Chilled Café del Mar-style beats of­fer the per­fect sound­track to the day’s wind down, while the rooftop gar­den, which is lush with green­ery, makes for a sooth­ing ur­ban hide­away.

In­spired by the cos­mopoli­tan na­ture of its home in Bedfordview, The Ivy’s tapas menu has an em­pha­sis on Mediter­ranean cui­sine; how­ever, it also gives a strong nod to Asian in­flu­ences. The sushi, in par­tic­u­lar, stands out, with both tra­di­tional choices and more avant-garde in­ter­pre­ta­tions to choose from.

How to wash it all down? With bub­bles, of course! The Cham­pagne menu is ex­ten­sive, and there’s also an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of lo­cal MCCs avail­able.

The high life doesn’t get any bet­ter.

RI­CARDO DA COSTA

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