Published 23 July 2021
by the CODE team
The Ivy Asia Chelsea Richard Caring continues to open more restaurants around the UK and his latest London opening is The Ivy Asia Chelsea next door to the ever-popular Ivy Chelsea Garden. The second outpost, the first being The Ivy Asia St Paul’s, is just as flamboyant. The former Le Pain Quotidien has been stripped off its wooden interiors and think green onyx floors, oriental interiors and an Asian menu that ticks all the boxes from sushi to crispy duck to wagyu beef.
Adam Hyman, founder
Tucked away on Argyll Street is the entrance to Aqua Kyoto, the group’s Japanese offering with its sunny terrace between Oxford Street and Liberty. Their set lunch menu was a midweek midday feast indeed – favourite dishes included Braised Short Rib with a miso/vinegar dressing, Spinach with freshly toasted sesame seeds that were crushed into a Goma dressing by our waiter, so the heady nutty scent surrounded our meal. On a day when London was pushing 30C, to round things off Coconut and Mango Mochi were put down confidently and expedited by us most gratefully!
Sam Selwood, accounts manager
Less one of the best things I ate this week but rather the best thing I drank, last night I travelled North to Exale Brewery for the launch of Fauna Brewing. Their premium craft beers not only taste good but also do good – with a percentage of the profit of each of the aptly named brews donated to African animal conservation groups. Essentially you can drink beer and feel great about it. That is of course until the hangover kicks in…
Molly Wade, membership manager
My pick of the meal kits during lockdown was the Ceylon chicken curry feast from Kolamba. I originally stumbled across it as one of the only meal kits I could find that could cater for a gluten free family member and ultimately ended enjoying it so much that I booked in for dinner a few months later. Highlights on this occasion included Aunty Mo’s ‘chatti roast’ and Kumar’s pineapple and aubergine curry (whoever Aunty Mo and Kumar are, I feel like we should be friends…). The jury is still out on whether meal kits are going to stand the test of time, but if it allows restaurants to reach new audiences and impress them enough that they want to stop by next time they are in town then that can only be a good thing.
Will Lake, COO
The owners of Sant Francesc, my favourite spot to stay in Palma, have headed to the east of the island and opened their new hotel Can Ferrereta. Situated in the small town of Santanyí, the hotel’s unassuming entrance is at first a little alarming but once you’re into the beautifully designed lobby you realise straight away that the charm and aesthetic of Sant Francesc is here too. Out through the courtyard, where both breakfast and dinner are served, you carry on through the next archway and find yourself in front of a large swimming pool where the more informal poolside restaurant is and serves lunch. A chilled organic Mallorcan rosé and a club sandwich with fries – what more does one need?
Adam Hyman, founder
El Camino Mallorca has become a regular spot for a long weekend in the sun for me over the past couple of years. The Balearic island is less than a 2 hour flight from London and the capital Palma has really upped its game when it comes to hospitality – both in terms of restaurants and hotels. One of my favourite spots in the city to eat is El Camino, which was opened by Eddie Hart of Barrafina fame. A similar set up in terms of design, it’s the an ideal spot to perch at the counter in the air conditioned dining room with a glass of crisp Mallorcan white and the moorish pan con tomate.
Adam Hyman, founder
Head to The Copper Chimney for a spot of Westfield shopping and ludicrously tender lambchops. Offering up a serious feast of North Indian dishes, cocktails spiked with kaffir lime leaf and truly delicious Gajar Pistachio Crumble, it’s a top-notch, post-shop stop.
Molly Wade, memberships manager