Having never heard of The Ivy before, I only stumbled across Ivy and The Fox at ANU when researching new places to eat in Canberra. Nestled into one of Canberra’s oldest building, this is the newly launched collaboration between the original owner, John Stokes and Alex Piris of suburban gem, Fox and Bow in Farrer.
Old Canberra House is 100+ years old and is surrounded by picturesque bushland and has panoramic views of Lake Burley Griffin.
Inside the decor is understated and simple, with walls lined with historic photos and stories.
Outside there is ample room for tables and chairs, that can be moved to take advantage of sun or shade. I can imagine the place coming alive in the warmer months for Sunday Sessions.
We got chatting with Alex who passionately shared his vision for the place which is based around creating an accessible and relaxed environment for brunchers and families alike, a place he’d like to dine in himself. He has big plans for the place so be tuned in the coming months for what he has in store.
We sat down to the background live music of local Canberra band, The Advocates and got to work on the menu.
Largely based around brunch (that ever popular word), the menu has traditional breakfast options like the Mr Fox ($19.90) – smoky bacon, hash, chorizo, morcilla, 2 fried eggs, avocado and grilled tomatoes with sourdough toast or the Toasty Nuts ($13.90) – pecan, chia and chia spiced porridge, toasted coconut, blueberries, banana, almond milk and topped with honey nuts.
For lunch they serve unique twists on many old favourites including fish, pasta and some interesting sandwich options.
Their cocktail menu was very inviting with options like the Mamasita ($13) – capsicum, celery, vodka, jalapeno and the Do You Even Colada ($13) – their take on the traditional favourite. The mister was offered their recently created “Sipping on Gin & Juice” cocktail which was a gin and juice concoction topped with the most delicious blood orange sorbet. It was quite the stunner!
Being a fan of the man, I went for the Ed Sheeran ($7.90) from their juice menu which was orange, carrot, ginger & tumeric. It was beautifully presented and tasted delicious.
For lunch I had the Rueben Gonzalez ($15.90) – toasted house cooked silverside, swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and russian dressing.
I couldn’t fault it – tender meat, the right amount of sauce and they weren’t stingy with the pickles. I also really appreciated the effort that went into the side salad, often the most disappointing thing on the plate. It was beautifully presented, had delicious extras like sweet corn, fresh herbs and dressing.
The mister opting for the Bob Marley ($17.5) – jerk chicken served on top of a herbed waffle with sour cream, lime and fresh coriander. Although it sounds like a heavy meal, it was really light but still filling. The fresh herbs really made the dish as they married well with the jerk chicken.
Whilst perusing the dessert options (check out their selection of cakes inside) when these shakes came out.
This is The Ferrero ($7.90) which was a Ferrero Rocher chocolate gelato thick shake. The creamy choc-hazelnut gelato was to die for!
The beautiful red one is the Oh Darla ($7.90) which was a berry smoothie made with fresh berries, pear and apple topped with sweet berry sorbet.
In my opinion they give Pattisez a run for their money in presentation and taste. Definitely a dessert in itself, it was completely over the top to order the Nutella cronut ($4.5).
I regret nothing.
Overall the atmosphere, service and food were superb, backed up by a fun menu, excellent food and great value prices, you should put Ivy and the Fox on your radar for your next weekend brunch.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Address: Old Canberra House, ANU
Open: All day brunch, Weekdays 8am – 5pm, Weekends 8:30am – 3pm, Fridays Live Music & Tapas 5pm – 7pm
Phone: 02 6257 9229
Bookings: For groups of 8+
Web: Not yet
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Anisa – The Macadames. xx