Jun 292017

The other week I was lucky enough to visit Timmy Green – the all-day Australian restaurant and bar is part of the popular brunch haunt Daisy Green – at Victoria’s newest upscale development Nova Food. The space is light, bright and open with great service and of course excellent food.  Intrigued by this little dining gem I was determined to find out more.

Named after founder Prue Freeman’s late brother, a true Australian cowboy whose life was devoted to the land and whose legacy inspires much of the menu, the restaurant focuses on big prime grass-fed steaks and creative small plates designed to share – as my reverse vegetarianism is not going overly well I had the amazing veggie burger pictured below.

Timmy is set over two floors with an alfresco extended outdoor seating area, all of which moves effortlessly from casual coffee spot to buzzing evening bar and restaurant. Extensive local craft beers are served alongside an almost all Australian natural wine list and innovative cocktails.

Most importantly they do the all important and ever so fashionable  all-day brunch offering favourites from sibling Daisy Green including the “Fancy bacon roll” (paratha roti, back bacon, crispy onion crusted poached eggs, the Ribman’s Holy F*ck hollandaise) and the “award-winning banana bread sandwich” with mascarpone, fresh berries, flaked almonds and honey. Exclusive new dishes such as “steak & eggs” (crispy rice, rump steak, fried eggs, mushrooms, chimichurri) and “Hot and healthy breakfast greens” also join Timmy’s brunch menu. The renowned Beany Green Espresso blend is complimented with changing single origins, hand roasted by fellow Aussies, The Roasting Party.

I have already told all my friends and anyone who will listen that they must go there, so go there, go there now! You will find Timmy Green at Nova Victoria on the corner of Bressenden Place and Buckingham Palace Road – opposite Hotel Rubens. This place will be the next big thing so reservations are recommended so email reservations@daisygreenfood.com before you visit.

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Contributor: Alexandra Pinhorn / Photos: Leyla Kazim / Food Styling: Fran Day

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Feb 012017
The Ivy courtesy of Sue Lowry

The Ivy is one of London’s most celebrated restaurants and definitely a place to be seen. Throughout it’s long history, every celebrity and notable has been seen to eat at The Ivy, so many in fact that its probably easier to simply input here a copy of Who’s Who! Film stars such as Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, to theatrical royalty such as Noël Coward and Dame Maggie Smith, politicians like Maggie Thatcher, to Tom Cruise, the Beckhams or Benedict Cumberbatch with Sophie Hunter – anyone who is anyone has eaten at The Ivy. What makes it so much fun is that once you book a table, some of that fairy dust can rub off on you too – and that’s its magic.

The Ivy courtesy of Sue Lowry

The restaurant is celebrating 100 years of history from its humble beginnings as a small cafe launched in 1917 by Abele Giandolini in the midst of The Great War. Somewhat appropriately given the turmoil of the time, his business was named after a sentimental song popular with wartime sweethearts at the time – “we will cling together like the ivy”. Monsieur Abele, as he was affectionately known, also embraced the theatrical location of his restaurant and endeared himself to the theatricals by delivering meals to the dressing rooms of the theatres around him. It’s appropriate therefore that throughout this centenary year, there will be theatrical vignettes performed by today’s West End elite at the restaurant.

The Ivy courtesy of Sue Lowry

This landmark now boasts its very own Green Plaque, will be launching their own limited edition Ivy Gin in April together with a new book on its history in June whilst in the kitchens and the sparkling new bar, there are cocktails and menu items that are clearly inspired by 100 years of history. There’s even an opportunity to dine at The Ivy for their ever-popular pre and post theatre menus at just £19.17 until March. It’s a London must-visit for sure.

Contributor: Sue Lowry – Magellan PR, a boutique travel PR company.