From Damien Hirst’s Cock and Bull in formaldehyde at Mark Hix’s Tramshed to the 239 humorous drawings by David Shrigley at Sketch, London loves serving up food with a side of art – and the new opening from Caprice Holdings is giving this trend an aquatic twist.
The provocatively named Sexy Fish is due to open on Monday October 19 (bookings from Monday September 21) and will focus, like sister restaurants J Sheekey and Scott’s, on fish and seafood. The Asian-inspired dishes – still under wraps – by head chef Ben Orpwood will capitalise on his stints at Japanese restaurants Zuma and Daniel San, while the watery theme will flow from the menu to the décor (ground floor in first picture). Architect Frank Gehry has created a large light installation of shimmering Formica fish that will hang above the bar (second picture) and a 3.6m internally illuminated crocodile that will march across one of the walls, while illustrator Michael Roberts has produced a bold and colourful ceiling design depicting stylised coral reef and ocean scenes. Coral is also the theme of the private dining space (third picture), which will house a coral reef tank, alongside its own bar.
The former Nobu restaurant director Paul Murashe and Zuma Bangkok’s head sommelier David Millière – plus the giant neon shark that’s been stalking the hoarding outside the Berkeley Square site – will round out this stylish and intriguing venture.