The Ivy’s move into one of Belfast’s best-known food venues shows yet again that Northern Ireland’s capital continues to punch above its weight when it comes to our dining offerings.
Cleaver House on the corner of Donegall Place was home to Burger King for 37 years. However, looking at some of the Ivy’s menus at their other UK eateries, you certainly won’t be dining on Whopper-esque fare.
Plans would see two restaurants on separate floors, one offering Asian cuisine and another serving up more traditional dishes.
From salmon sashimi, black cod and duck Massaman curry, to roasted scallops and chicken milanese, the potential menus look to be a welcome addition to Belfast’s food offerings.
One of the Ivy’s directors, Yishay Malkov, previously set out the chain’s vision of a “throwback to proper old-school hospitality”, with waiters who are “not your mates” and menus that give you exactly what they say.
Whatever is plated up at the Ivy’s new Belfast spot, the proof of the pudding, as they say, will be in the eating.