One of the largest restaurants to open in the UK in 2018 with 535 covers, The Ivy Spinningfields is set over four floors with a ground floor brasserie, first-floor private dining room, a second floor Asian bar and restaurant, and a top floor roof garden. While The Ivy brasserie menu is the same as in other cities, with all-day dining from breakfast through to dinner, The Ivy Asia is a new concept for Manchester.
The entire floor is illuminated with a show-stopping green, semi-precious stone floor, set against a striking antique gold mirrored bar, gold-gilt ceiling and luxurious Asian fabrics. The menu is inspired by chef Steve Scoullar’s travels across the continent, and spans raw and cured dishes, dumplings and buns and Robata grilled meat, fish and vegetables. A raw salad is packed with fresh leaves, enoki mushrooms and crunchy daikon, dressed with fragrant coriander, sesame, avocado and miso dressing. Buttermilk fried chicken is perfectly golden, with a spicy kimchi mayonnaise to dip, and crispy duck is stuffed into soft, pillowy bao buns with hoisin and five spice.
Robata grilled black cod is rich and buttery with savoury miso sauce, while Japanese wagyu steak is the real deal, full of flavour, well marbled, meltingly tender and well worth its eye-watering price tag. Puddings include Japanese mochi balls stuffed with vanilla, green matcha tea and black sesame ice creams, while the drinks list features fragrant cocktails and a range of Japanese whiskies. An elegant addition to Spinningfields.