Many of our reporters feel that it’s time for “a complete overhaul” at old Theatreland favourite, The Ivy. However that once-idolised restaurant’s name still carries sufficient cachet for Caprice Holdings to aim to expand the brand across London.
Late last year saw the launch of The Ivy Market Grill, a stone’s throw from the original in Covent Garden, and now The Ivy Chelsea Garden has opened on the King’s Road (a suitably pukka position for a Richard Caring enterprise). The all-day dining spot, which accepts walk-ins (yes, it’s so good of them), is set within a Grade II listed building (est 1722), formerly the Six Bells pub and famous for its bowling green.
On the menu: Raw yellow fin tuna carpaccio with spiced avocado, lime zest, crème fraÃ®che and coriander shoots; chopped lobster rigatoni bake with Amalfi lemon and zucchini; Chelsea garden salad thinly shaved raw garden vegetable with avocado hummus and a Manuka honey dressing, and poached hen’s eggs with sliced avocado and roasted vine tomatoes on toasted seed loaf with a spiced sesame yoghurt dressing.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden includes a bar, lounge, café, restaurant, orangery, terrace and garden, with interiors that combine vintage with luxury, featuring: reclaimed wooden parquet; marble mosaic; antique mirrors; bronzed wall lights and lanterns. The garden, designed to be a ‘haven’ away from the bustle of SW3 was conceived by Anthony Challis and Dan Curran of Ginkgo Gardens.
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