#BrumHour Checked out a Jazz night at The Ivy, Temple Row
Dave: It’s the 34th Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival until 29th July and The Ivy Temple Row, Birmingham hosted Kim Cypher Quartet last Monday. Julie and I were invited down to enjoy some live jazz and dinner.
Julie: When Dave asked me to join him for dinner at The Ivy in Birmingham I leapt at the chance, after all what could be nicer than a beautiful meal in luscious surroundings Well apparently a beautiful meal, in luscious surroundings with some live Jazz!
Dave: Our cocktails arrived Julie enjoyed an Ivy Royale while I enjoyed a Rhubarb and Basil Daiquiri made with Havana Club Rum.
Julie: Whilst we perused the menu and enjoyed arrival cocktails, Kim Cypher Quartet serenaded the restaurant with jazz versions of such classics as Fly Me To The Moon and My Heart Belongs To Daddy. I particularly loved the saxophone rendition of Careless Whisper that had been playing whilst I enjoyed my Ivy Royale cocktail. The live music really suits the restaurant and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
We relaxed over our starters of Duck Salad for Dave and for myself, we were being soothed by more singing and a few instrumental tunes, including Fields Of Gold.
After our lovely starters, my plump and sweet scallops came on a bed of of crushed peas and Dave’s duck had a hint of Asian spices, we both agreed that our own starter was in fact the best.
Dave: Our bottle of Malbec arrived and was followed by our mains. I love a bottle of red! I ordered The Ivy Shepherd’s Pie, which arrived with a mini boat of gravy. It was lovely and a decent sized portion. After hearing previous diners suggest Shepherd’s Pie this was the right choice for me. Julie ordered Crab Linguine, which she said was delicious and came with a tray of lemon & chilli to add as desired.
Julie: I was right to put my faith in chef, this crab didn’t need anything more than the squeeze of lemon I had added. I definitely recommend the crab to everyone, just so long as you don’t mind slurping the linguine, so perhaps not on a romantic date.
We had decided not to add any extra side dishes, as last time we had too much food. The Shepherd’s Pie comes alone, so when I have that in the future I would order a side of vegetables to accompany it.
Dave: For pudding I chose the Apple Tart Fine, there’s a bit of theatre here, the brandy is flamed and then poured flaming over the dish, delicious! Julie chose the Selection of Three Cheeses.
Julie: The Apple Tarte Fine must have tasted great because Dave didn’t offer me a taste, or maybe he did and I was distracted by my elegant cheese board. I don’t have a sweet tooth so a good cheese board is my favourite way to finish.
Alongside the usual hard, soft and blue cheese selection I had a few grapes, a very tasty chutney and a lovely selection of crackers and bread. Washed down with the bottle of Malbec it had been a very indulgent dinner but what a treat.
Dave: With twenty years of retail experience under my belt. I expect good service anywhere I go in central Birmingham at all times. The Ivy Temple Row prides itself on its professionalism and service. There’s quite a lot of people in the team, each have their part to play and its very interesting to see them all playing their part.
Julie: As always the food is top notch, classic dishes, lovely cocktails, a huge wine selection and the service is second to none.
An indulgence like this will cost you, but you can still enjoy a good meal without all the extras for a very reasonable price and if you’ve not yet tried The Ivy I can recommend the breakfasts which are served until 11.00. A huge and tasty breakfast can be enjoyed for under £15pp.
Check out the menu at The Ivy Temple Row here: theivybirmingham.com
The 34th Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival runs until 29th July.
This isn’t a sponsored post. #BrumHour was invited to enjoy Jazz plus a three course dinner for two with a cocktail and half a bottle of wine each at the invitation of the Ivy Temple Row. We did leave a tip.
Julie also blogs as RedandGoldWeb here: redandgoldweb.wordpress.com