Ivy and the Fox is a new Canberra cafe located in Old Canberra House in ANU near the Crawford School of Public Policy and not far from the National Museum.
I was fortunate to be able to attend the grand opening launch party last night, where I had a chat to owner Alex Piris about Ivy and the Fox (Thanks to Jason Perelson for being my cameraman!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoZyJ5UMa3o Alex will be bringing the magic of Fox and Bow to his new venture with co-owner John Stokes, who has owned the Ivy Cafe (previously at Old Canberra House) for the last five years. Initially, Ivy and the Fox will be serving the Crawford School on the week days. On the weekend, it will become a brunch spot where people can bring picnic blankets and sit outside, enjoying the lake view. Expansive shaded green lawns make for a perfect picnic spot, especially during sunset.
On Friday and Sunday afternoons, Ivy and the Fox will host some live music for after work drinks and Sunday sessions. Jack Billman will be kicking this off at the happy hour this Friday.
A truly multi-function space, the gorgeous courtyard out the back would be a beautiful space for an intimate event like a wedding!
The Old Canberra House has been revamped into a sophisticated cafe/ bar with a minimalist colour scheme. Black accents and touches of greenery contrast beautifully against the simple white walls and gorgeous white window. It's an elegant and cosy bar that welcomes anyone and everyone. A feature wall is tucked in a corner, displaying a street-art mural by Steve Caddick.
The finger food that was brought out at the cocktail party showcased some beautiful produce. My group hovered close to the kitchen entrance so we had the best chance of getting to the food as soon as they were brought out!
The prawn, wasabi and avocado mousse was a simple and fresh pairing of flavours. The peppered lamb crostini, mint and cashew pesto, beetroot relish was an interesting mix of flavours and textures. The perfectly pink lamb went so well with the crunch from the pesto and the sweetness from the beetroot relish. The whipped goats cheese and slow roasted heirloom tomato tartlets was a delightful interpretation of classic tomato and cheese flavours.
I also enjoyed the wagyu rump skewers with chimichurri (an Argentinian green sauce used for grilled meat). The meat was just so tender and the sauce was punchy and balanced out the richness of the meat.
My favourite canape of the night was the chilli crab and pea croquettes with kewpie mayonnaise and bonito flakes. I love putting this seasoning on my rice and it was a genius decision to add it here. The croquettes themselves had a wonderfully fluffy texture and an obvious crab flavour. It was so good that when I saw them come out again, I rudely abandoned my conversation with someone so I could go over to the waiter and grab one!! (luckily they came with me)
Ivy and the Fox really know how to throw a party! If you are looking for a secluded, elegant party venue with a view of the lake, I suggest you get in touch with Alex and his team!
As for the kind of food they will be serving as a cafe? It will be similar to Fox and Bow cafe, but with a few tweaks. Menu coming soon, so stay tuned!
The Low-Down on Ivy and the Fox Eatery type: Cafe and bar Address: Old Canberra House, Lennox Crossing, Acton (Australian National University) Open: Mon-Fri as a cafe from 7 Sep. Friday drinks and brunch on Sat-Sun coming soon. Phone: 0422 108 713 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ivyfoxfood
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