Open just under three months, Ivy on Greville (157 Greville Street, Prahran 0402 006 343) has descended on Greville Street with a relaxed elegance as it replaces a Greek eatery that once was. A popular little strip, the area is populated and loved by locals and tourists alike as it houses many other cafes and eateries, bars, beauty salons and nail bars, along with boutique stores. The Ivy is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12 midday till late and closed Monday and Tuesday.
Stemming from the busy and vibrant Chapel street at one end of Greville and the Prahran Train Station at the other end means it's perfectly located close to public transport (trains, trams) and easy to get to. Izett Street borders the restaurant and bar, and it's the street you'd turn down to head to the brand new Prahran Square and its 500 space underground car park; meaning there wouldn't be a parking issue if you did drive-in. Plus there's on-street parking as well.
The restaurant is open to all sides of the streets with its glass sliding doors on the ready to keep the weather at bay. Open and spacious, the kitchen or cooking space is at one end of the bar, which means you can see your delicious food being prepared right before your eyes. It's a lovely, intimate feeling of being pampered, to be cooked for and fed by owner and chef Sasha. It would definitely pass as an impressive date night, even though the restaurant caters to all occasions. Everything is fresh and made from scratch; the glazes, the jus, the passata, etc.
We had the very popular Twice Cooked Pork Belly Bites with sous vide pork belly, crisp crackling, a caramel vinegar glaze and apple pomme puree. Next up the Seared Sea Scallops on Mango Avocado Salsa with lightly seared scallops, fresh salsa, chilli and coriander followed by the Balsamic Baby Beet & Pumpkin Salad. It was a plateful of slow roasted glazed beetroot and pumpkin, toasted walnuts, creamy Persian fetta, baby spinach and rocket with a piece of warm Turkish bread.
The pork belly bites with its three layers was amazing, not to mention the perfectly cooked scallops. It's so easy to overcook seafood, but cooked to perfection, it's just heaven on the palate. The accompanying mango avocado salsa the scallops sit on is so light and fresh, it was perfectly paired. The balsamic dressing nor the baby beet and pumpkin it coated could be faulted. The root vegetables were cooked to perfection without being so crispy it hurt your gums, nor so soft that it didn't have bite. The whole experience was scrumptious and a dining experience not easily forgotten.
A grazing menu with an emphasis on fresh, quality produce individually sourced from the finest suppliers locally and throughout Victoria, preparing everything in-house with such care shows respect for the integrity of produce and ingredients and the craft of cooking. An extensively stocked bar of local and imported wines and spirits, and a selection of classic and signature cocktails make this restaurant a perfect venue for any occasion; be it coffee in the sun or a late-night cocktail, not to mention grazing on delicious food. They also cater for functions from 20-100 guests, and will work with you to create a unique and memorable occasion.
If you're thinking of a long lunch catch up with family and friends or an after work cocktail with grazing plates, this is the perfect destination to slow down and soak in the atmosphere of vibrant Prahran and the interesting, quirky characters that roam the streets. Other grazing offerings include Baked Camembert with Caramelised Macadamia Nuts that has been drizzled with sticky salted maple glaze and served with warm house-made flatbread. An Olive Plate with Wollundry mixed olives and house-made cashew dukkah; Seasonal Dip Trio with fresh house-made dips and Roast Garlic & Buffalo Mozzarella Pizza Bread with house dough made daily. On the day Sasha's mum was helping out and rolling out perfectly round pizza bases.
Apart from our order, to share, you have Prosciutto Wrapped Ocean Scallops; Pulled Beef Brisket Sliders; Salt, Pepper & Spice Dusted Squid; Garlic Chive Arancini; Tempura Seafood Kakiage; Chorizo, Chicken & Haloumi Skewers; and Champagne Garlic Butter Moreton Bay Bugs which you can see being prepared in the pic. You can also add sides to your meal like Beer Battered Fries; roasted Duck Fat Potatoes and Baby Leaf Salad. The Pizza menu has Chicken, Avocado & Bacon; Chorizo, Roast Pumpkin & Walnut; Fig, Prosciutto & Camembert; Pulled Beef Brisket and Chargrilled Vegetable & Persian Fetta.
For sweets, have an Espresso Panna Cotta; Melting Chocolate Fondant; Trio of Sorbet or Affogato with your liqueur choice. There's also the usual coffee, loose leaf tea, and non-alcoholic beverages like soft drinks, juice and mocktails. Do note there's a 15% public holiday surcharge. Check the links given to their Facebook page and Website for more information and food porn.