Sexy Fish is no new secret. Having been around for a number of years now. I’m not proud to say it’s taken me until now to get there! They very kindly invited Ben and I down to try their new four course Kuikku Lunch menu. So, on friday we found ourselves in Berkeley Square with a bit of time to kill, having arrived a little too early for our booking.
I worked for a number of years in Mayfair, just a street away from Berkeley Square, so I’m very familiar to the area. Every time I walk past Berkeley Square I have this song stuck in my head. So, waiting for our booking, we paraded in the sunshine for half an hour until we were ready.
The exterior of Sexy Fish is rather subtle. Except for the neon red ‘Sexy Fish’ lights in the windows giving it a bit of a provocative feeling, reflecting the cheeky name. There are marble tables outside with green velvet benches finished with gold flourishes. Perfect for sitting out in the warm spring weather we’re currently having.
Checking in at the reception area, we were lead straight to the fabulous bar with giant white fish above for a welcome drink. The cocktail menu is nothing short of spectacular at Sexy Fish, in fact it’s so beautiful they also sell it (for £15). Unlike most bars in London, the drinks are totally individual and use some ingredients I’ve never heard of. I chose the Siren’s Call. A drink that, to the nose, smells like vinegar, but tastes like sweet elderflower and mango. St-Germain elderflower liqueur, bergamot, mango, Suze and Sassy Le Cidre Poiré shaken up and served in a coupette. It’s garnished simply with a single ice cube containing a printed mermaid filled with a bergamot pureé.
Ben chose the Monolith. Ron Zacapa 23 rum, thyme, camomile, balsamic, rosemary and lavender. Served poured over a frozen pebble and sprinkled with gold dust. It’s a beautiful cocktail and Ben thoroughly enjoyed it.
Cocktails finished, and the lovely host came back over to the bar to fetch us for our table. A bright table by the window at the very back of the restaurant, with the perfect seats for people watching. The clientele isn’t what you might typically expect from Mayfair. It’s actually a real mix of City Boys and ladies lunches. There were meetings happening, husbands and wives catching up, families sharing bottles of wine and groups of ladies all sitting side by side creating a really lovely atmosphere.
We always struggle a little with Ben’s fish allergy. But our waitress was on-hand to answer all our questions and made sure we knew exactly what he could and couldn’t have.
He ended up ordering the Crispy Tofu Salad with Greens & Honey Chilli, the Parsnip & Red Chilli Tempura and two orders of the Caramelised Beef with Yuzu Koshu – which ended up being both our favourite dish.
I ordered the Burrata & Pear with Sichuan Pepper, the Salmon Teriyaki with Yuzu Hollandaise, the Prawn Gyoza with Soya & Ginger dressing and the Caramelised Beef with Yuzu Koshu. I was extremely pleased with my orders, all of them were absolutely delicious and surprisingly filling. The one worry I had with this menu was that the four courses would be so tiny that they wouldn’t fill us up. I shouldn’t have worried. It’s a great way of trying a number of different dishes, almost tapas style and perfect for those quick lunch meetings or after a morning of shopping on Oxford Street.
We chose a bottle of Provence Rosé called Pétale de Rose. A gorgeously crisp bottle of wine that accompanied our meal perfectly.
Pudding is included in the menu and is a choice of chocolate brownie or fruit. We both predictably went with the brownie. Which to be honest, wasn’t incredibly special but the sorbet on the dish was delicious!
I had heard great things about the ambience at Sexy Fish, but never anything that great about the food. I have to say, I really enjoyed the dishes we chose and think that the Kuikku Menu is a great little addition to Mayfair. Definitely one to check out if you’re in the area!
After our lunch, we wandered off into Mayfair, to Bond Street. Stopping to answer the phone at Hedonism Wines along the way. Hedonism always do a great display and their valentines contribution is no exception.
This phone actually does speak, it tells you it loves you over and over. A lovely end to a fabulous day in Mayfair.
The Kuikku lunch menu is £36/pp and available daily from 12pm – 5pm. You can book here.