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The Ivy Asia is one of London’s hottest new restaurants, offering Asian-themed cuisine and extravagant décor that’s designed to impress. Situated in the heart of the City overlooking St. Paul’s Cathedral, this restaurant is a must visit for a principal looking to impress clients with its lavish dining room and location.
A bit of background:
Following the success of Ivy Asia in Manchester, restaurateur Richard Caring has launched his second Ivy Asia site, adding to The Ivy group of now 32 restaurants. Since its opening in November 2019 (on the site which previously housed Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa restaurant), tables have been in high demand. We were lucky enough to find a table for two on a Friday lunchtime, but we did have to book in advance.
The stylish menu offers diners the option to order both small and large dishes ideal for sharing. From sushi and sashimi to miso black cod and wagyu beef tataki, the selection of dishes recommended to us was just the right amount to leave you feeling satisfied. The waiter gave us some great suggestions to make sure we didn’t miss out on the popular dishes. We enjoyed these for the most part, however the miso black cod was a little underwhelming, which left us wondering that they may need a little more time to perfect this dish.
At first glance, we did query how dishes such as buttermilk chicken made it onto the Asian menu, however, when served with an Asian-inspired twist (avocado and jalapeno sauce in this case), it complemented the other dishes’ flavours perfectly and was absolutely delicious. The small dishes were the highlight of our meal and we could’ve stayed there all afternoon picking at the sharing plates. The prawn skewers were cooked to perfection, while the dumplings were so tasty we ordered two more plates.
Ivy Asia is well worth a visit, if only to gawp at the incredible interiors. If you’re looking for wow factor and a destination to impress, this venue has it all. From the illuminated green glass floor to the life-sized samurai statues, the beautiful panoramic views of St. Paul’s Cathedral are barely remarked upon by guests. This extravagant and luxurious setting is the perfect place to entertain clients or celebrate a special occasion.
Based in the middle of London’s corporate hub, the atmosphere at The Ivy Asia is lively and buzzing with excitement no matter the time of day. We visited for weekday lunch, and the restaurant was at capacity, proving this is definitely one of the most popular restaurants in town right now! The restaurant is also in possession of a late license with a DJ until 2am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you’re looking to book for a small group, their private dining space (the Edo Room) for 20 showcases spectacular Asian-themed artwork, black and gold accents and an uninterrupted view of St. Paul’s.
The Ivy Asia is a glamorous and lavish restaurant serving Asian-inspired dishes, providing a perfect setting for client entertainment.
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