My girlfriend and I had flown to LA for the weekend for a quick catch up - whilst I was en route to live in Vancouver for the next 12 months.
After a tough morning of shopping on Rodeo Drive, we decided to head to The Ivy. A world famous restaurant known for it's celeb clientele. Located on Robertson Blvd - another fantastic shopping strip!
Unfortunately the only celeb we shared the restaurant with was fellow Aussie Delta Goodrem.
So we weren't having much luck on the celebrity spotting front. Luckily the food more than made up for it.
With it’s very chic and french country decor we had the most amazing lunch. We started with a delicious tomato and bocconcini basil salad with Champers and Strawberries.
Followed by the most mouthwatering and delicious seafood risotto in a tomato sauce with a twist. It was so fresh and summery - it was simply divine!!
It was a good thing that the food was phenomenal, it had to be to make up for the lack of service. We didn't have a reservation, but we figured because it was a late lunch at 3 in the afternoon, we wouldn't have any trouble getting a table. Which we didn't. Although we were seated out the back of the restaurant in a room by ourselves, whilst there were tables still available ( and remained empty) for the duration of our stay. Needless to say, we felt a little isolated.
Overall, the food was well worth the visit. The ambience (from the back room) was okay, I'm sure it would have been better sitting out on the beautiful sunny balcony. Everything else (service in particular) seems to be generated by a lot of pretentious hoopla!