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Breakfast at Ivy Chelsea Garden, London

26th April 2015

The Ivy, the iconic restaurant in the West End, has recently opened a Chelsea outpost situated on the King’s Road.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden is a casual British restaurant serving an extensive all-day menu of food and cocktails. The restaurant, bar and café inside have an aura of approachable sophistication and familiar luxury; outside is an extensive garden, complete with a terrace and orangery.

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The Ivy Chelsea Garden is housed in a Grade II listed building which dates back to 1722, when it was a licensed public house – Six Bells. The building and the garden have been extensively refurbished to create a gorgeous space open all day long for coffee, meals and drinks.

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The restaurant is made up of various areas, indoor and outdoor, offering a distinctive setting suitable for all the occasions, from everyday eating to fine dining. The interiors combine vintage with luxury: the orange – gold – green palette, antique mirrors, colourful illustrations and lanterns add a touch of faded glamour to the space.

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The restaurant officially opened this month, so it’s a brand new addition to the King’s Road. I wasn’t able to attend the launch party, so instead I was invited to dine at the restaurant and review the menu. Of course I chose the Ivy Chelsea Garden for breakfast, my favourite meal of the day!

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I was there for breakfast last week with my friend Federica (Pasta Bites). We met there on a week day at 8am and at the time we were the only guests of the restaurant, although the tables around us started to fill up pretty soon afterwards.

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The breakfast and brunch menu offered everything I had wish for: from Full English to Avocado & Scrambled Eggs, from Pancakes to Eggs Benedict.

Since it was an early morning breakfast, we were both leaning towards the “Light & Healthy” section of the menu. In particular, our eyes were set on the Avocado, Tomato and Sesame: Chopped avocado with roast plum tomatoes and poached, hen’s eggs on toasted seed loaf with spicy sesame dressing.

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Mmm…that spicy sesame dressing!

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Federica kindly let me order the avocado and, in the interest of photographing two different dishes, she chose the Avocado and spinach Benedict: Sliced avocado, raw baby spinach and two poached hen’s eggs on toasted English muffin with hollandaise sauce. This is what friends are for, right? ;)

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We finished the breakfast a bowl of yoghurt, fresh seasonal fruits and grains to share.

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I am sure the restaurant has already become popular with Chelsea residents, especially as a destination to have a few drinks in the garden on a warm evening or for a special dinner occasion.

I really enjoyed my breakfast: the food, service and location were great! I would pass on the coffee though, I much more preferred the tea in this occasion. Overall I loved The Ivy Chelsea Garden, as it offers a nice environment to meet friends for a casual meal as well as clients for a formal work meeting.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of the restaurant for breakfast. All opinions are my own.

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