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Taking over the site near St Pauls of Barbecoa (RIP), Richard Caring’s further extension of the Ivy brand is the capital’s first. (It opened in late 2019 and joins Manchester’s Ivy Asia, which opened the year before). True to Caring’s restaurant DNA, the decor at this 200-seat venue in the One New Change shopping centre really goes for it – expect fluorescent onyx floors, replica Samurai and pagoda-style rooves over the bar. The sushi and wide menu of other Asian-inspired scoff? Not bad, not cheap, and not the point.

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Summary

£66
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Richard Caring continues to pimp the Ivy brand to the max: since this Asian-themed sub-brand first debuted in Manchester in 2018, it has expanded with a 200-seat venue in the City’s One New Change mall (“great view of St Paul’s”) and – in August 2021 – a second branch opened in SW3 near The Ivy, Chelsea Garden; (and there’s a third coming soon on the Mayfair site that was once Princess Garden). True to Caring’s restaurant DNA, the decor in all locations is wildly maximalist, with fluorescent onyx floors, replica samurai armour and (cringey?) pagoda-style roofs over the bars. Some reporters do find the effect “very cool, in a see-and-be-seen kind of way”. To say the least, though, the Asian-theme-park styling doesn’t send the message that authenticity is on the agenda – a concern which the Chelsea branch’s risibly off-message launch video did nothing to allay (‘naive… totally inappropriate and culturally insensitive’… and that was just what they said about it themselves!). As to the sushi and wide menu of other Asian-inspired scoff: some diners find it “surprisingly good” but, all things considered, it’s kinda beside the point.

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Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Starter Main Pudding
£3.50 £28.10 £8.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £3.95
Extras  
Bread £3.50
Service 12.50%
Opening hours
Monday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:45 pm
Tuesday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:45 pm
Wednesday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:45 pm
Thursday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:45 pm
Friday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑11:30 pm
Saturday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑11:30 pm
Sunday11:30 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑8:45 pm

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