After a miserable and sad experience at the Ivy a few nights ago I'm curious if anyone knows if the ownership has changed?
I've been going to this LA icon for several decades off and on.
The restaurant was one of my favorites, even though most people I know quit going years ago, my loyalty remained. I love the beauty of the place…the roses, the overall feeling and especially the front open air room and porch.
The menu is completely different. The dark, dense molasses bread has been replaced with some sort of cheese toast. It's okay.
My favorite, Tandoori Chicken is gone. The huge floral chargers the food was placed on have been replaced by smaller dinner plates.
The service okay, the waiter's attitude was not and I mostly couldn't wait for the check to get out of there.
I'm saddened. When a restaurant like this exists for as long as it has I don't think it's unreasonable to assume everything about it remains the status quo. I can think of a dozen restaurants that I've been to over the years, that have been in business for half a century, that realize their customers come for consistency and want the food to be the same as when they remember.
Why, if the owner is still the same owner, would they change it so dramatically? I walked away feeling like this is just one more restaurant in LA where there's an emphasis on attracting the tourist whose sole purpose for coming is to catch a glimpse of a celebrity. From what I know/see that train has left the station.
The food just wasn't that great.