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