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“Let your friends know you’ve been, and they’ll ask about the clientele before wanting to know about the food…” – Richard Caring’s notorious, LA-style, bling-fest in Mayfair (which reportedly cost £15m to fit out) is most “definitely a place for those eager to see and be seen”. Fans also believe its luxurious menu of Asian-inspired fish and seafood (heavy on funky sushi, tempura, and gyoza) is plain “awesome” too. But to a large proportion of reporters, it’s “awful – just awful” – exacting “extortionate” prices to deliver “some weird-and-not-always-felicitous flavour combinations” to “a horrific stew of Mayfair types”.
“Crammed with people taking selfies, dodgy-looking businessmen and hapless, concierge-victim tourists”, Richard Caring’s “bling bling” Mayfair venture is a bad case of “too much spent on the decor and not enough concentration on the food”; and, with its huge prices and “appalling service (unless you’re spending £000’s)”, it can end up feeling like “a horrendous rip-off and an all-round horrible experience”. More upbeat reporters do find its luxurious seafood format “memorable… just best enjoyed at someone else’s expense!”. Top Tip – “the best ambience is at lunch, at dinner it changes quite dramatically… not in the most positive way”.
“It’s certainly an experience”, and no-one disputes that Richard Caring’s “flashy and brassy” Mayfair venture is “good for people-watching”. But while for fans the “amazing” interior and “sublime and sexy” sushi, robata and Asian seafood, all justify the monumental expense, there are too many critics for whom it’s “the most overpriced, over-rated restaurant in London” – “a trashy, vulgar hellhole filled to the brim with people dressed for cameos in a cheap US cable-TV soap opera, and not for anyone with the slightest disinclination for being fleeced rotten!” Maybe the best advice is “go once, get it out of your system, then leave it to those where money isn’t an issue...”
“Bling and blondes abound” at this “latest multi-million £££ venture from Richard Caring” which is “arguably better suited to Vegas than to Mayfair”. A minority do swoon over the “stunning decor” and “beautifully presented” sushi, robata, and Asian seafood dishes, but for the majority of reporters it’s just a “big”, “brash” and “ridiculous” glitter ball, serving “uninspiring, knock-off fusion dishes” to “D-list celebs and ecstatic wannabes taking selfies”; and – given the “inattentive” service and humungous price tag – “utterly disappointing”.
|Wine per bottle||£60.00|
1-4 Berkeley Sq, London, W1J 6BR
|Monday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Sunday||11:30 am‑10 pm|