Knife and fork talk with the Dining Divas – City visits

Char-grilled steak with beer battered chips and a bourbon barbecue sauce

LUNCH in the city was our plan for a wet day, and centrally located Ivy and Jacks suited us perfectly.

This dining establishment is located at the former Town Cinema which had its debut screening of For Love of Ivy in 1969, hence the naming of Ivy and Jacks.

No sooner had we entered than friendly staff were showing us to our table with menus. The interior of the restaurant was warm and welcoming, with an industrial look, but softened with lots of copper and low lighting.

We were lucky to be able to sit in one of the upholstered booths that are available, although there was plenty of alternative seating.

A $15 lunch menu consisting of three choices is offered. The menu does change occasionally so it’s worth checking before going.

We chose char-grilled steak with beer battered chips and a bourbon barbecue sauce and a seafood pizza.

The steak was tender and char grilled to perfection, when cut there was just the right amount of pinkness that promises a treat for the taste buds, and that promise was well kept with every forkful.

A dinky pot of bourbon barbecue sauce accompanied the steak, to smother or not to smother was left to the discerning diner. The chips were crisp on the outside and not at all fatty, almost guilt free!

A handful of lightly dressed salad leaves as a garnish completed a well presented and delicious lunch. This will be a place to take my friends more than once.

Seafood pizza


The seafood pizza was delicious with a nice assortment of seafood. A thin and crispy base was perfect for this diva, very yummy. Take a doggy bag as the servings are very generous, and the staff are lovely and helpful.

Can’t wait for the other Diva to invite this Diva to lunch next time she goes.

Ivy and Jacks

788 Hay Street, Perth
9261 7233.
Lunch 11.30am to 3pm