It was time for Hazel and I’s monthly catch up and she suggested The Ivy Chelsea Garden. I’ve never dined in Chelsea and have not explored the area before so thought why not. The Ivy Chelsea Garden is on King’s Road and only a short walk from Sloane Square tube station.
As soon as we exited Sloane Square tube station we saw rows of designer shops from Boss to Rigby & Peller. Some shops were decorated with beautiful flowers for the Chelsea Flower Show. It was only a 9-minute walk to the restaurant which gave us an opportunity to see what shops were around. We walked past a lovely cake shop called L’ETO which had some eye-catching desserts on display in the window. We will definitely be adding this to our list of places to visit.
You couldn’t miss The Ivy as it had been swallowed up by a barricade of pretty, colourful flowers which was appealing to the eye. We arrived early so we were advised to order a drink at the bar until our table became available. The dim lighting and elegant decor were paired with an ambient atmosphere. The only thing that was missing was music in the background but I guess they think it’s not needed.
We only had a short wait and were seated at a lovely table in the middle dining area. I had a look at the menu beforehand so I knew what I wanted. For main, I ordered the Roast salmon fillet which came with asparagus spears, baby watercress and a caviar and herb sauce. The salmon was cooked perfectly and the sauce was creamy with subtle herb flavours. The dish was divine. Hazel chose The Ivy shepherd’s pie made with slow-braised lamb of leg with beef and cheddar potato mash. The waiter presented the dish and poured rich gravy over the pie. It looked small but was very filling.
There was a variety of desserts to choose from and I was torn between the Chocolate Bombe and the Passion fruit baked Alaska. The Passion fruit baked Alaska won. The dessert consisted of a crispy meringue shell with a passion fruit parfait centre. The dessert was pleasant but the parfait centre was sweet so was unable to finish it all. Hazel opted for the Apple tart fine which was flambeed at the table but I was too slow to capture a video on my phone. The baked apple tart came with vanilla ice cream. The caramelised apples tasted delicious coupled with the thin pastry base.
Overall, the food was delicious, beautifully served and we received a great service. I would definitely come back and try something new on the menu. The bill was a bargain at a total of £66 which included soft drinks and service charge.
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