Nobody does Halloween quite like the Ivy Spinningfields as VIVA discovered and there’s still time to join in the fun as the eatery is continuing to celebrate the spooky season until Sunday.
That’s because it’s actually marking ‘Día de Muertos’ which translates as the Day of the Dead. For those that don’t know, it’s a holiday celebrated from 31st October through to the 2nd of November, though other days, such as 6th November, may be included depending on the locality (Spinningfields being one of those).
It’s mostly observed in Mexico but the celebrations (and yes, it’s seen as a celebration rather than a sad remembrance of the dearly departed) is where family and friends remember their loved ones who have died.
It’s done in a fun way, with the colourful skull make up, lots of drinking and lots of colour, which is something the Ivy has taken on board and we loved the fabulous decorations.
In fact, the floral installation spans across the restaurant’s entrance and features bold bursts of colour and breath-taking blooms, including the iconic marigolds (Cempasúchil). Ideal to snap a selfie or five.
The Ivy Parfait
As well as the show-stopping installation across its entrance, a limited-edition cocktail menu created in collaboration with PATRÓN tequila, is available from until Sunday, 7 November.
VIVA tried them out and adored all the cocktails, including the Paloma Rosa (£10.50), a devilish blend of PATRÓN Silver, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, hibiscus, lime, grapefruit, and Fever-Tree Soda Water. The signature Buena Muerte Margarita (£10.25) features PATRÓN Silver, agave, grapefruit, and coriander, whilst the El Cementario (£14.75) blends PATRÓN Anejo Tequila, Cointreau, lemon juice, egg white and orange bitters.
Just the thing to get the party started if you missed out on Halloween.
What’s more you can also dine in style and our regular haunt of the Ivy Brasserie provided the perfect backdrop.
A selection of dishes at The Ivy
We enjoyed beautiful starters (from £6.95) with my favourite chicken liver parfait now given a mandarin makeover in a picturesque orange ball of yumminess, whilst a truffled mushroom rosti, was a triumph.
Onto mains (from £14.25) and my chicken Milanese was as tender and juicy as ever with a wonderful side of truffle. A rich dish that you must try at least once and one of the Ivy classics.
Pork cheeks, braised to perfection and a burst of taste that’s also the ideal comfort dish to warm up the dark nights, was a revelation and a dish we’ll have again,
VIVA verdict: A masterpiece in how to celebrate and have fun. Go and enjoy!