The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea

There’s been a lot of hype about this place, which opened up a few months ago on the Kings Road. And, with reason. There is a very nice restaurant, divided into several rooms, so that it doesn’t feel too large, with nice botanical prints and wicker, giving the whole place a garden-y feel. And then, there’s the garden itself. The tables aren’t too crowded, there are a few parasols to keep the sun out, and tons of nooks and crannies instead of a large terrace. In the back, they even have a smoker’s terrace with several tables and chairs, where you can also order a coffee or drink. Brilliant.

We started with the truffled arancini for the table… they were so good that we ordered a second batch. Soft and creamy, with a tiny bit of crunch to the rice, and with truffles that didn’t taste too strong or weak.

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I then had the heirloom tomato salad, which came with watermelon, feta cheese, and kalamata olives. The tomatoes were sliced a bit too thinly, and the feta wasn’t salty enough… the watermelon and olives were a nice touch, but it wasn’t as flavourful a dish as I had expected.

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And then, I had the chicken Milanese for my main course. It was delicious (and I forgot to take a picture). It was served with mache on the side and a fried egg on top.. I didn’t eat the egg, as I didn’t feel that it was needed… the chicken was perfect on its own. A tender, juicy cutlet, perfectly fried…

Then, for dessert, the flourless chocolate cake with cherries and whipped cream. The cake itself was really good, and more cakey than dense (which I wasn’t expecting but was pleasantly surprised by!) A little espresso on the terrace in the back, and we were off to cruise the Kings Road and summer sales!

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