Sexy Fish opened earlier this year with the help of the world’s elite. The opening party guest list included Kate Moss, Tracey Emin and David Gandy.
Every inch the ‘it’ restaurant, ‘it’ is unapologetically dripping in gold and black onyx; so dazzling that it is fabulous. Everyone looks like they might be a celebrity, being quietly watched over by the sculptures of not one but two world class artists; Damien Hirst and Frank Gehry.
The fun bar menu ‘Fish Tales’ looks and feels like a glossy fashion magazine, very much in line with the irreverent fun of the place.
Flicking through pages of creative tipples, we are here to try the mocktail menu…
Dominic, our incredible bartender, told us that between the teetotalists, the business lunches and the health-conscious balancers the mocktails are proving hugely popular – and we can tell why.
He explains that alcohol is a unique substance, in that it is the only liquid that can hold flavour and aroma at the same time. However, advances have been made in the pursuit of the perfect mocktail, and now, with complicated techniques including infusing oil and ‘washing’ water, complex layered drinks are now being created which are just as intriguing as their spirit-laden counterpart.
The menu offers four drinks to choose from. SeedSide features our old favourite; Seedlip, an alcohol-free distilled spirit, alongside mint, lime and soda for a refreshing crisp drink. There is a classic Virgin Bellini, with a twist of rosemary, and the Jasmine, a delicious balance of sweet strawberry with sharp pineapple made silky with an egg white. But our favourite mocktail was the Driver’s Julep, a punchy but fresh blend of agave, lime, cucumber and chilli.
We nibbled on a few bits from the ‘Snacks & Caviar’ section of the menu (naturally).
The salt and pepper squid was crisped to perfection, as was the soft shell crab, but it was the Wagyu Gunkan that we are still dreaming about. Perfectly proportioned bites of sushi rice, underneath wagyu beef tartar with a shaving of black truffle on top; decadent and delicious.
Definitely more glamour and glad rags then casual catch ups, Sexy Fish is perfect for a celebration, and honestly can feel just as celebratory – even without the booze. Am I a mocktail convert? Quite possibly…
Address: Sexy Fish, Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BR
Tube: Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly, Victoria) or Bond Street (Jubilee, Central)
Price: Mocktails are £7, with the snacks ranging from £4.50 to £14.