The Richard Caring-backed bar and restaurant group has taken on Jamie Oliver’s former Barbecoa unit for the c.225-cover opening.
Oliver's site is getting a full facelift, with Ivy Asia's eye-catching interior set to include a fluorescent pink entrance floor, pink pagoda, and upstairs restaurant floor ‘illuminated with green, semi-precious stone’ set against a gold mirrored bar.
The restaurant will open seven days a week, offering an express lunch menu of bento boxes for busy City workers on the go, and a wider dinner menu including yellowtail sashimi with truffle, chilli and tosazu dressing; and wagyu beef tataki with pickled vegetables.
The Ivy Asia concept first launched within Manchester’s Ivy Spinningfields last year.
There has been speculation that Caring was looking to expand an Asian-inspired concept since he trademarked the name Sexy Dragon for a potential follow-up to his Sexy Fish restaurant in London.
Caring told Restaurant magazine last year that he had also planned to open an Indian-inspired restaurant called Sexy Elephant, but put it on hold due to uncertainty around Brexit.