The Ivy are set to launch a second site of their Asia concept in the heart of London. With a successful outpost in Manchester, the celebrity-approved bar will replace Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa in St Paul’s later this year.
For those unfamiliar with The Ivy Asia, here’s the low-down. There is little doubt the London bar will follow in Manchester's footsteps, sticking to the luxurious feel The Ivy collection has become known for, but with an Asian theme running throughout. For example, the original site boasts jade green floors, plush decor to echo ancient dynasties, and plenty of golden accents.
Meanwhile, the cocktail menu focuses on utilising ingredients from the continent, such as Japanese whiskies, plum sake and Haku vodka. These are then displayed in ornate glasses and topped with precise garnishes like treasured relics. Food-wise, plates are described as Pan-Asian with produce and recipes inspired by the Senior Head Chef’s travels across Cambodia, Vietnam and Tokyo. The current menu up North features unique twists on scallops and sticky pork belly, beef sirloin in sesame dressing and Thai seabass, mirroring the ambitious interiors.