The Ivy Villa Hotel and Spa is a hidden gem in the heart of Sandton. And if you are looking for a private dining room for a small, intimate function, look no further than Reuben’s At The Ivy.
My Mom turned 70 last year and decided she wanted a small dinner party to celebrate. She booked the private dining space at Reuben’s which allowed her to have a menu she had chosen. This beautiful space overlooks the outer courtyard and has direct access to the cigar lounge.
My Starters and Mains at Reuben’s
For starters our choice was beetroot and blue cheese salad; peri-peri chicken livers, or new style salmon sashimi. Salmon is such a treat for me so I went with dish which was served with sushi rice, soy, pickled ginger and a sesame dressing. I thought the use of salmon off cuts was great and something I will replicate at home. The starter was perfect in both portion size and taste. For mains, the options were confit duck leg; tandoori spiced linefish; or exotic mushroom risotto. As I love duck I decided that would be the perfect choice. It was served with a sweet potato puree, roasted carrots, stem broccoli and a spiced citrus gastrique.
Both desserts sounded sublime and I wanted both the dark chocolate terrine and the caramelized pear. Luckily for me, Dave agreed to share. The terrine was served with orange caramel and hazelnut ice cream and the pear with Weiss beer ice cream, walnut crumble and white chocolate mousse. The Weiss beer ice cream was the highlight for me and I could have had a tub load of it.
Service and More
My dad has a wine collection of note and decided to bring his own for the dinner. The bottles were opened for us, and decanted, allowing the red wine to breathe before our meal. Our waiter ensured that the pre dinner drinks were offered as the guests arrived. And both sparkling and still water was made available. Service was seamless and all the meals came to the table at the same time. There was a birthday celebration in the courtyard and we joined in with singing happy birthday to the lady whose special day it was. This was a memorable evening and we were blessed to celebrate with my mom.
Contact them on +27 11 384 4900