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Restaurant: The Ivy Chelsea Garden
Where is it: The King's Road, Chelsea
Opened: March 2015
What kind of food: Brasserie-style fare a huge array of British classics made with quality ingredients, beautifully presented.
Who goes: The King's Road area is having a bit of a foodie moment right now and thanks to a spate of high profile openings is once again the London hangout du jour. People are making the trip here from all over the city, but generally you’ll find well-dressed Sloanes and a handful of cool celebrities (Sophie Ellis Bexter has just visited on date night with her husband).
The concept: An English Country Garden with a touch of (intentionally) faded glamour. The Grade II listed building dates back to 1722 when it was a public house known for its bowling green, and its latest incarnation as little sister restaurant to The Ivy reflects this history perfectly.
The interiors: Despite it feeling a bit Wolseley / Delaunay-esque we hadn’t seen anywhere quite like this in London. Previously the site of somewhat soulless Henry J Beans, the large space has been broken up into several separate areas a bar, lounge, restaurant, orangery, terrace and garden each with its own distinct feel. Inside it’s bright, leafy and decidedly luxe (but not flashy), with huge antique mirrors and reclaimed wood parquet floors. Outside it feels like you’ve just stepped into a scene from the The Secret Garden.
We tried: To start, Tuna Carpaccio with with spiced avocado, lime, crème fraîche and coriander shoots, and the Smoked Salmon & Crab served with sourdough toast. This was followed by the Grilled Chicken Salad with quinoa, avocado and mixed leaves in a yoghurt, ginger and lime dressing, and the Herb Crusted Lamb with fondant potato, minted sugar snaps and lamb jus. Everything tasted as light and as fresh as the ambiance feels.
Hero Dishes: The Chopped Lobster Rigatoni Bake with Amalfi lemon and zucchini is a house favourite.
Anything unusual: Even the menus, which look like elegantly-faded watercolor paintings, are aligned with the wistful, botanical theme of the place.
Star cocktail: We loved the Six Bells Tea Cup Ivy gin, elderflower, grapefruit, clove, star anise served in an antique china tea cup, naturally.
What makes it unique to them: Apart from those inimitable interiors and garden, it’s perfectly placed to provide you with a long lunch and free-flowing rose after a Saturday morning shopping spree.