By Majella Taylor, New Openings Editor, H&C News: The Ivy Asia opening at St David’s Cardiff, adjacent to sister restaurant The Ivy.
Landsec, part of The St David’s Partnership, has today announced the signing of The Ivy Asia at St David’s Cardiff.
The Asian-inspired concept is a first for the brand in Wales, and will launch later this summer on The Hayes, adjacent to sister restaurant The Ivy, which itself opened in late 2019 at St David’s to much acclaim.
The 3,900 sq ft Asian-inspired eatery will cater for up to 166 guests, with indoor dining and a terrace space. Open from lunch to late night, with weekend brunch, the menu will be overseen by Executive Chef Simon Gregory, with an array of dishes from across the continent. Highlights include an extensive collection of sushi and sashimi, with vegetarian and plant-based options available.
Theatrical drinks and DJ performances will mirror the vibrancy of the restaurant design, which features the now synonymous green onyx flooring, alongside two cherry blossom trees, striking artwork, and colourful wallpapers and fabrics throughout. There will also be a sushi bar on the mezzanine level, with dishes prepared in front of diners.
Speaking on behalf of the St David’s partnership, Mark Warne, Brand Account Director – F&B and Leisure at Landsec, said: “Our goal at St David’s is to provide guests with unique experiences. This means working in partnership with the best names in the business to curate an exciting and vibrant dining offer. The Ivy Cardiff is a guest favourite so we’re partnering with the team to grow their presence in Wales and bring their latest concept to a new audience. With Giggling Squid making its regional debut and local Welsh bar Gin Ne Sais Quoi also taking space recently, the Cardiff dining scene is going from strength to strength.”
Simon Gregory, Executive Chef at The Ivy Asia, says: “We are incredibly excited to be bringing The Ivy Asia to Cardiff, the first in Wales. Cardiff is known for its vibrant atmosphere and rich culture, making it the perfect place for this new Asian inspired concept. The team we have in place is fantastic and the restaurant itself will offer a beautiful setting for all occasions.”
This regional debut from The Ivy Asia follows strong performance from sister brand The Ivy since its launch in late 2019, and comes as St David’s is set to welcome Thai restaurant Giggling Squid and local bar Gin Ne Sais Quoi, enhancing the dining and drinking offer in Cardiff.