In a major departure for The Ivy group, the second floor of the new Ivy Spinningfields complex is an Asian restuarant; opulence is the key word for the decor, which includes a green floor made of semi-precious stone.
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“It’s noisy and chaotic” at this glossy Asian-themed operation, upstairs from the Spinningfields Ivy – “but if you want to give your teens or twenty-somethings a good lunch/night out, you won’t go far wrong”. For all the glam styling of the interior – even the floor shimmers with semi-precious stones – some diners complain that the pan-Asian food can “taste a little processed”.
The Spinningfields launch-site for Richard Caring’s Asian-themed Ivy spin-off provides a “stunning setting” for a celebration, and staff “cannot do enough to ensure an enjoyable time has been had”. The glossily OTT interior is a real feast for the eyes, with a floor of green semi-precious stone and a (slightly cheesy) pagoda roof across the bar – and if some feel “the food is average”, most reporets seem happy enough with the pan-Asianish menu.
On the second floor of Spinningfields – this Asian-themed branch of Richard Caring’s ever-growing Ivy-branded empire set a new direction when it opened a couple of years ago. Fans of OTT decor find the interior “wonderful” – the green floor is made of semi-precious stone and a pagoda roof adorns the bar. Since this opened they've exported the Asian concept ‘darn sarf’, via St Paul's (in Jamie Oliver’s former Barbecoa site), Chelsea and – as of late 2021 – an upcoming Guildford site. The pan-Asian menu is more than an afterthought – generally rated quite highly – but a little beside the point.
In a major departure for Richard Caring’s Ivy group, the second floor of the new Ivy Spinningfields complex is an Asian formula. True to form, though, opulence is the key word for the décor, which includes a green floor made of semi-precious stone. It is, depending on your point of view, “a glorious, romantic setting for delicious food” or “pretentious and over-the-top”; but the overall ratings are stronger all-round here than at most of the other Ivy spin-offs; and either way, it’s “great for people-watching”. (A second Ivy Asia is scheduled towards Christmas 2019 on the site of Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa (RIP) at St Paul’s in London.)
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