For those looking for a touch of high-octane mid-century glamour when they dine out, Sexy Fish, which opened last month on the corner of Berkeley Square in Mayfair, could well have cracked it
Variously described as “gleefully sumptuous” and “undeniably sexy”, and with guests at its launch party including a raft of A-listers from Goldie Hawn and Lindsay Lohan to Kate Moss (with entertainment provided by Rita Orla in a mermaid’s outfit), there has been more than a little buzz around this latest venture from the Caprice restaurant group.
So what is it about Sexy Fish that has had reviewers grappling for superlatives? Well, for a start there’s the decor – designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, it is a heady mix of Esmerelda onyx marble floors, dark oak-clad walls and pillars, smoky mirrors and raspberry leather banquettes, with ceilings adorned with bespoke coral-patterned linen panels by the artist Michael Roberts, shimmering fish lamps hanging above the bar by the iconic artist Frank Gehry, and a giant 13ft glossy black mosaic crocodile crawling across the north wall of the dining room (top).
Damien Hirst has created three site-specific artworks for the restaurant, including a pair of cast bronze mermaids, rendered in blue patina, on either end of the bar; and a 15ft bronze relief panel of a mermaid alongside a shark. Meanwhile, the bar itself is fashioned in crackled, glazed strawberry-coloured Pyrolave lava stone, extracted from the Nugere crater at the heart of Auvergne’s volcanoes, and then, of course, there’s the food, and a menu that runs the gamut from tuna tartare with truffle to lamb cutlets with a gochujang sauce.
There’s also a 48-cover private dining space, the Coral Reef Room (above), which has its own bar and – for that added frisson of James Bond glamour – a live coral reef tank, the largest of its kind in the world. The watery theme is also extended to the chairs and bar stools, which are upholstered in aqua-coloured leather, and to the bespoke coral patterned carpet in tonal blue hues designed by Michael Roberts.
All in all, Sexy Fish looks like being one of the coolest new restaurants on the block for a long time. If the reaction so far is anything to go by, diners will be falling for it hook, line and sinker.