New Asian seafood and fish restaurant Sexy Fish from Caprice Holdings is set to open in London's Berkeley Square on 19 October.
The 190-cover restaurant and bar will serve a menu from British-born head chef Ben Orpwood, while the restaurant director will be Paul Murashe, previously of Nobu Berkeley Street. The head sommelier will be David Millière, recently of Zuma in Bangkok, while the bar manager will be Matteo Cazziniga.
Orpwood's previous experience also includes roles in restaurants across Istanbul, Dubai, Sydney and Tokyo, including Zuma, Toko, the Sydney Collective Group, and with the Japanese izakaya, Daniel San.
Sexy Fish's interior has been designed by the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, and is set to place significant emphasis on design and art, with installations of fish lamps by the iconic artist Frank Gehry hanging above the bar, alongside a black silicone mosaic crocodile on the dining room wall.
There will also be three artworks from British artist Damien Hirst created especially for the restaurant, including a pair of cast bronze mermaids positioned at either end of the bar, plus a large bronze relief panel showing a mermaid alongside a shark, in reference to Hirst's 1991 artwork the Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living.
A ceiling mural will also be installed, created by fashion director and editor Michael Roberts.
The site will also offer a 48-cover private dining space named the Coral Reef Room, which will have its own bar and live coral reef tank, expected to be the largest of its kind in the world.
Caprice Holdings is owned by restaurateur Richard Caring, and also operates brands including the Ivy, J. Sheekey, Le Caprice, and Scott's.
Laura Montana, new projects operations director of Caprice Holdings, said the menu had been designed to be "alluring" and the design "compelling". She added: "[Sexy Fish] has been a project very close to Richard Caring's heart. He wants to bring some fun, life and excitement to this corner of Berkeley Square."
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