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THIS RESTAURANT IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED The Ivy Restaurant Review: THE IVY IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS. Notoriously difficult to get into, but once there you are cosseted and pampered with sheer professionalism --- this is one of the best-run dining rooms in London and the kitchen is more than a match. Book ahead, months ahead, go for brunch at the weekend, or opt for a table in the bar area and be prepared to tuck your legs in. Oak paneling abounds and with the stained glass windows, the outside world seems miles away. If you feel you know the other diners don't be too surprised; this is one place where celebrities really do feel at home. The menu remains resolutely recognizable with dishes like steak tartare and shellfish bisque with Armagnac for starters and pork belly with chickpeas and grilled lemon sole. Some Eastern tastes have crept in --- try Thai-baked sea bass with soya bean and coconut dressing. Desserts tread a successful path between nursery favourites --- sticky toffee pudding and rice pudding---and dishes like panna cotta with black currants. Cost varies wildly: you can, with careful selection, eat for very little, or you can spend serious sums. The wine list is cautious and comforting.