Chelsea Ivy Garden Kings Road

THE IVY CHELSEA GARDEN, KING’S ROAD

The brand new Ivy Chelsea Garden is one of the most beautiful and tastefully designed restaurants in West London, and it is with open arms that we welcome it to the Kings Road. To date this year, I have failed miserably on my hunt for an exciting new restaurant opening, and have found a huge sense of relief having found this haven so close to my home in Battersea.

I wandered over from the Market Place in the Chelsea Farmers Market on Sydney Street (my favourite place for summer sunshine drinking). As soon as I saw those classy ivy green awnings, I knew it was love. The Ivy Chelsea Garden does indeed have an “aura of approachable sophistication” as their website claims.

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Me outside the Chelsea Ivy Garden
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Isn’t is just blissful?
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Leather sofas, green wicker chairs…Such a beautiful restaurant.

In the month or so since opening, many a diner have come away huffing and puffing about the service, which yes, is either too slow or at the other end of the scale, frantic. It makes for good reading on tripadvisor. However, this flaw is diluted by the stunning restaurant, bar, garden and food. Quite frankly, after reading and hearing about countless ‘computer says no’ and ‘lost bookings’, I was both proud and pleased to get through the front door.

I can’t tell you how picturesque the Ivy Chelsea Garden is. I’m quite sure Peter Pan designed it. The waterfalls, climbing ivy, pastel blue striped cushioned sofas, pebbled paths, wild grasses, bay trees, olive trees and awnings all create a space, which should only be inhabited by Chelsea fairies, and me, if they’ll let me. Instead it is inhabited by an incredibly chic crowd. Relaxing there in the sun with a glass of rosé was the dream; I have found the precise cure to the Sunday Blues.

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Whistle & Bango Postcode Bangle meets Chelsea Ivy Garden Kings Road
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Such a sweet, home comfort style garden
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The Great British Menu

Look at this man – husband material!

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Very well equipped.

The food? An absolute delight. Typical Ivy classics like baked lasagne, ham hock terrine and steak, egg & chips, mixed in with a stunning seafood menu featuring Lobster rigatoni bake, whole lemon sole and grilled loin of tuna. The meat offerings of spring lamb, ribeye and burgers all looked as good, as did the vegetarian courses such as pea and asparagus risotto. It’s certainly not experimental. It is classy and classic; incredible ingredients, very well served.

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A pre starter snack of Truffle Arancini 5.50
Fried Arborio rice balls with truffle and pecorino
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SNACKS! Zucchini fritti £5.75
Crispy courgette fries with lemon, chilli and mint yoghurt
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Crunchy prawns with wasabi £9.75
Crunchy fried prawns with wasabi mayonnaise and miso sauce
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Warm seared scallops
Pink grapefruit and soused fennel salad, citrus dressing £10.95
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Crispy duck salad £7.95
Warm crispy duck with five spice dressing on pak choi, beansprout and ginger salad
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My perfect starter… Oak smoked salmon 9.50
Severn and Wye smoked Scottish salmon, black pepper and lemon served with seeded sourdough toast
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Potted Shrimps Served with Melba toast and pickled cucumber £8.50
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A very succulent Rib-eye 12oz/340g
Well marbled grain fed Argentinian £26.50
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So soft…. Roast cod fillet 16.95
Crushed peas, spring vegetables, clams and Champagne sauce
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A lovely side dish of Roasted heritage carrots with parsley £3.50
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Delicious Truffle and Parmesan chips £4.50
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STEAK!!

If you’re not already teary with happiness at discovering this haven, and even if you are, please, please, please order the chocolate bomb desert. Even if you don’t eat it (you will – it is phenomenal), then it is a sight to behold. Theatre at the table as the molten salted caramel reveals your desert.

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Happy Birthday Olie
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The heavenly Melting chocolate bombe with milk foam, vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre with hot salted caramel sauce 8.50
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ROSE-HAYYYYYY

This is the venue of summer 2015. I will go back as many times as they’ll have me. In a place this beautiful and with ice cold rosé flowing from a methuselah bottle, even I don’t mind waiting 2 hours for my main course!

The London Whistler x

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My SW13 Whistle & Bango Bangle.
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A well fed Oliver outside the front door

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