Ivy Chelsea Garden
It’s 9 AM. In the midst of four family members scrambling around to get dressed, whilst constantly glued to the weather app to see how many times the climate plans to change in the next 8 hours, and evaluating the modes of transport available, you can bet its chaos in the #GlobalGulatis holiday abode of Eaton Mews.
It’s 9:30 AM. We’ve managed to get into an Uber and informed Ivy Chelsea Garden that we’ll be 15-20 minutes late – a task that too quickly turns into a tradition. (Long Live Indian Standard Time)
It’s 9:45 AM. We’ve been seated in the spacious and sophisticated interiors of Ivy, belied by its rather humble façade on King’s Road. The combination of rot iron and shades of green are the more obvious garden elements in the casual yet elegant styled restaurant. Too bad that the outdoor seating is not open yet, because we can see the sun shining through the glass windows at the back, which in London is an opportunity to be seized.
Our morning sustenance consists of Eggs Royale, Avocado and Spinach Benedict and Avocado, Tomato and Sesame, without eggs, as it is the grandmother’s “no-egg day.” A cup of coffee for each, and we’re all set.
The poached eggs arrive and there is some ooh-ing and aah-ing at watching the yolk ooze out of the pillowy white casing. It’s rare that one doesn’t enjoy a yolk-drenched muffin, and we have a variety to experiment with on our table, with salmon, avocados, spinach, and a generous portion of creamy hollandaise. As for the Avocado, Tomato and Sesame, the toast is crunchy and flavourful. Our waitress is kind enough to serve the eggs separately so that the three of us can savour more poached egg perfection while the grandmother can relish the spread of roast plum tomatoes, avocadoes, and sesame seeds on toasted granary: a timeless trio indeed.
Another kick of caffeine is in order to avoid a post-meal stupor. Our experiment with ‘filter coffee’ however is tad bit over-brewed. A slightly bitter end to what is otherwise an enjoyable affair. But, there’s a sunny day waiting outside, and carpe diem we will.