The Ivy Asia Chelsea

Pan Asian·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Ivy Asia Chelsea

Silver Award

The third location for The Ivy Asia - following sites in Manchester’s Spinningfields and London’s St Paul’s - finds its home in Chelsea, right next door to The Ivy Chelsea Garden (a sure-fire sign of the brand’s confidence in itself).

The vibe inside the jewel-toned dining room is certainly not subtle: staff are dressed in chinoiserie prints, baby pink cherry blossom covers half the ceiling and a life-size Samurai warrior awaits you in the gents, taking a leak at the urinals. This high-octane, occasionally gimmicky approach isn’t confined to just the decor - we spy neon blue cocktails at neighbouring tables, while across the room roasted duck is served inside an ornate duck-shaped vase.

Dining at The Ivy Asia is unapologetic restaurant theatre, which for the most part, is rather fun. Once you get past all the visual spectacle you arrive at an extensive selection of pan-Asian fare, perhaps not rooted in authenticity, but certainly well executed. Neighbouring tables of friends snapping endless selfies tell us people aren’t coming here for the food, but it is better than it needs to be.

From the small plates, we most enjoyed the popcorn shrimp: a generous helping of plump, fleshy fish slathered in a creamy sauce injected with just the right amount of tongue-tingling heat. Larger dishes also impress: miso black cod is sweet and flaky, boasting an almost caramel-like flavour, while Wagyu beef (cooked to preference) is paired with truffle and barbecue sauce, heightening the meat’s intensity. For pudding, warm doughnuts filled with passionfruit and coconut are a novel take on a classic childhood treat, while additions of popping candy and a creamy yoghurt dipping sauce add to the fun.

The restaurant’s heavy-handed, unspecified ‘Asia’ theme won’t be for everyone and we also found service to be a touch chaotic, but there is no denying that The Ivy Asia is a fun experience, ideal for birthday dinners or glamorous date nights. Impressively, the restaurant was packed to the rafters on our Monday evening visit, proving that London’s appetite for Instagram-friendly, immersive dining experiences is going nowhere fast.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Pan Asian
Cool, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Unique
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


The Ivy Collection’s seemingly never-ending expansion doesn’t seem to have diluted the brand’s popularity, with hordes of diners continuing to flock to the various brasseries, cafes and gardens around the UK. In perhaps its boldest move yet though, the Collection has now positioned The Ivy Asia Chelsea (the second iteration of its pan-Asian spin-off in the capital following the debut St Pauls’ site) practically opposite The Ivy Chelsea Garden. Yes, you read that correctly - two spin-offs of The Ivy a stone’s throw apart.

Before you start to wonder whether you will soon find a branch of The Ivy on every street corner a la Starbucks, it is worth noting that The Ivy Asia sub brand is somewhat of a departure from The Ivy’s usual mix of art deco interiors and modern British menu. Instead, The Ivy Asia Chelsea adopts a dramatic jewel-toned look inspired by the riotous colours of Asian culture, primed for plenty of spontaneous photo shoots and endless Instagram uploads.

The menu at The Ivy Asia Chelsea is an expansive affair which traverses the continent of Asia, with the a la carte divided up between sushi and sashimi, followed by small plates and large plates. Begin with dishes such as sesame crusted prawn dumplings, chicken teriyaki or a crispy tofu bao bun with ponzu mayonnaise. From the larger dishes on the menu, enjoy the likes of black cod slicked with miso, Korean barbecue lamb cutlets and Wagyu beef steak topped with shiitake mushrooms and a truffle sauce.

You can pad out your meal with helpings of sushi rolls (options include California and prawn tempura varieties) or side dishes proper, such as steamed rice, seared pak choi with ginger soy sauce or yakisoba noodles.

Drinks wise, you can expect a vast range of wines and Champagnes, alongside fun house cocktails.


Can you book The Ivy Asia Chelsea?

Yes, booking is highly recommended for this popular restaurant.

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Does The Ivy Asia Chelsea serve afternoon tea?

Yes, afternoon tea is served Mon-Sun from 3-5pm.

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What is the dress code at The Ivy Asia Chelsea?

There is no official dress code, but many diners are there for celebrations such as birthdays, so we would recommend a smart casual look.

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201-203A King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5ED


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27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Great food, service and Ambiance.  Couldn't ask for anything else!

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