Richard Caring’s hotly-anticipated new venture on Berkeley Square officially opens today (19 October). It has been almost a year and a half since the restaurateur’s Caprice Holdings group snapped up the Mayfair site and for much of that time a shroud of secrecy has surrounded the restaurant. Even the name was not announced until quite recently.
Well now Harden’s knows that not only will it be called Sexy Fish, it will also introduce Ben Orpwood as the venue’s head chef. Some of the more obsessed, anorak-wearing, foodies may already be aware of this British born, Aussie-trained chef as he helmed the Gone Fishing pop-up at Caprice Group’s Mayfair grill house 34 in May this year.
His Asian-inspired menus will concentrate on fish and seafood, with influences taken from his diverse cheffing career at restaurants like Zuma, Toko, the Sydney Collective Group, and with the Japanese izakaya, Daniel San.
On the menu: Pink Snapper Puffed Pork Crackling, White Ponzu & Fresh Truffle; Seared Yellowfin Tuna Dried Miso & Wood Sorrel, Pickled Cucumber; Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass Artichoke 3 Ways; and House Smoked Ora King Salmon Yuzu & Miso Sauce, Herb Salad; as well as an array of cheap n cheerful Asian street food-inspired items like the oh so trendy pork belly buns; cod tongue and cheek – geddit?! – teriyaki skewers; and prawn and scallop dumplings.
Designer du jour Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (who has masterminded the look of much of Caring’s growing restaurant empire, including the newly revamped Ivy) has orchestrated the interior. As always with a Caprice restaurant, art plays an integral part (think the Emin Room at 34 or the art tours organised by Scott’s).
Sexy Fish showcases some impressive art, including installations that comprise shimmering fish, hanging above the bar, as well as a giant crocodile crawling across the north wall of the dining room.
The vast (190-cover) restaurant is also furnished with a ceiling mural in the main dining room and a private dining space, The Coral Reef Room, with the largest live coral reef tank in the world and seating for up to 48 people. Well, Mr Caring never did like to do things by halves!
Reservations via 020 3764 2000 or www.sexyfish.com.