One of London’s sexiest hot spots and one of my current favourites, Sexy Fish, has something new in store. With a selection of new menus, things are looking even sexier at the chic Mayfair restaurant.
Enlisting the enthusiatic help of my bestie, Anna, we headed down to Sexy Fish to try the new Sekushi tasting menu. With twelve courses on the cards we would trying the very best that the Asian seafood restaurant has on offer for a luxurious ladies night. Starting off with a glass of champagne and a bowl of edamame beans we settled in to admire the glamorous decor of the restaurant.
I’ve been twice before but having never been, Anna was super impressed by the opulent yet elegant decor and the mermaid sculptures designed by Damien Hirst. With Frank Gehry fish lamps on the bar, a 13ft crocodile and a water fall behind the bar – the under sea theme could easily be over the top but it isn’t. The designers have got it just right. I especially love the Coral Reef room, where I’ve attended events, which houses two giant fish tanks and a few cute little nemos. If cocktails are your thing, the list here is one of the best in London and they have the second largest Japanese Whiskey selection in the world!
The first course on the tasting menu is salt and pepper squid, with light tempura batter and a citrus twist from the lime. The squid is very easy to eat, not all greasy and incredibly morish.
Next comes the famous duck and watermelon salad with pomegranates and cashews, as it was placed on the table I told Anna that this was one of my favourite dishes here. She was a little surprised knowing that I’m not a big fan of duck or watermelon – or even cashews for that matter – but there is something about this combination that just works so beautiful. The crispy skin of the duck paired with crunch of the watermelon, and a slight sweetness by not overly so. For me this dish is in perfect balance.
A long with the salad comes two different types of cold dishes. Delicious yellow tail sashimi with myoga (ginger) and green mandarin ponzu has that perfect blend of zesty tartness that you get with great Japanese food. On the other plate is smoked cured salmon with crunchy kale and pear, a sweet foil to the more spicy yellowtail.
And two very happy besties enjoying fantastic food!
A great selection of maki is available and as part of the tasting menu we tried one of the signature rolls, soft shell crab and coriander. The rice to fish ratio is just right here so you’re not over crammed with carbs and you can taste the quality of the crab.
A platter of really fresh sashimi on ice is one of my favourite things to enjoy at a Japanese restaurant and of course it’s perfectly presented here with a piece each for Anna and I. Classic salmon, tuna and yellowtail made up a rather perfect platter. Next a palate cleanser of miso soup, something that I always order anyway so a great part of of any tasting menu to get us ready for the main event.
I enjoyed the Thai spiced stone bass with a delicious chilli sauce and though I prefer the more silky, flakey texture of black cod or Chilean sea bass, it was still a great dish.
Probably our least favourite dish of the night was the grilled beef fillet with ginger and black pepper which I found a little chewy and over cooked though I loved the side dish of sweet potato with chilli and coriander.
Now if this isn’t the sexiest dessert platter in London, I don’t know what is! Sexy Fish has also become known for it’s amazing desserts and if you choose the tasting menu, you can try several at once! The chocolate and praline fondant is a dream (of course) as is the strawberry soft serve but I also loved the addition of fresh fruit. And how cute are the fish fin wafers too?
Suffice to say, we left Sexy Fish feeling incredibly pleased with our food and the overall experience of excellent service and beautifully opulent surroundings. The Sekushi menu is priced £82 per person for twelve courses but if you don’t have time to sit down for that long, there’s also the Kuikku express lunch menu. Perfect for a speedy working lunch, it’s priced at £35 for two courses and served between 12 noon – 5.30pm on weekdays.
Berkeley Square House
020 3764 2000
Our dinner at Sexy Fish was complimentary