November 1

The Ivy Asia: classy and vibrant late-night dining

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Stunning interior with top-notch theatrical late night entertainment alone makes The Ivy Asia St. Pauls a very worthwhile dining experience.

Location: Moorgate, London

Price: £310 between five people - 8 small dishes, 5 large dishes, 6 sides and 5 alcoholic beverages

Cuisine: Pan-Asian

Contact: www.theivyasia.com@theivyasiastpauls



The Ivy Asia St. Pauls has proved a hit since opening their doors in late 2019. I visited in early November 2020 just before restaurants were closed once again to due London being moved into tier 4 at the time. This was before I decided to start filming content so excuse the lack of photos of the food below. I did, however, film enough content to throw together a reel on my Instagram.

One of the best things about this restaurant is the decor. The Ivy Asia St. Pauls is a very photogenic restaurant so you’re guaranteed to get some great pics when you visit. I’d recommend booking here for dinner as the restaurant offers entertainment during the evening (DJ, band and dancers) - I'd say this is when the The Ivy Asia truly comes to life.

The Ivy Asia St. Pauls

THE FOOD

The a la carte menu takes inspiration from a number of Asian cuisines, so my friends and I decided to order a bunch of small plates between us to start with. The dishes included Popcorn Shrimp and Vegetable Gyoza (my two personal favourites). Both are light dishes bursting with so much flavour I almost ordered them again as part of my main. 

For the main course, I was torn between the Kung Pao Monkfish and the Duck Massaman Curry with Cashew Nuts (I sampled some of my friends and it was amazing). Massaman curry is one of the dishes I tend to look for when I eat out at Pan-Asian restaurant so I decided to go with the monkfish this time. Although I was a bit skeptical at first, the waiter said I wouldn't be disappointed because this particular fish has a similar consistency to chicken. He wasn't lying. I absolutely loved it.

The other dishes my friends and I ordered were quite hit and miss. We weren't too fond of the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Chicken Teryaki (small plates) or the Salt and Pepper Fillet with Lime (large plate). The cocktails served here aren't amongst the best I've ever tasted but I'd definitely recommend the K-Pop Passion Cocktail. It's quite similar to the Pornstar Martini cocktail but a lot stronger.

MY OVERALL EXPERIENCE

I did enjoy my experience at The Ivy Asia St. Pauls and I'd definitely visit again. The waiters made my experience better thanks to their friendliness and thorough knowledge of the menu.


Must try:

Popcorn Shrimp

Vegetable Gyoza

Kung Pao Monkfish

Duck Massaman Curry

K-Pop Passion Cocktail⠀


My rating's out of 5:

Food: 3.5/5⠀
Cocktails: 3.5/5

Service: 5/5

Ambience: 5/5

Location: 5/5


Check out my The Ivy Asia reel on Instagram below. Don't forget to like, share, comment and save the post!

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Tags

Cocktails, Fine Dining, Personal Favourites, Takeaway


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