Where To Take Her: Sexy Fish, Naan Bacon Rolls And The Chance To Record A Duet

Our guide to impressing your other half on your next night out

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1 | For A Bit of Glitz: Sexy Fish (above)

London has a new place in which to see and be seen, and it’s called Sexy Fish. Saucy, huh? It comes courtesy of Caprice Holdings (they of Scott’s, The Ivy, Le Caprice and so on) and opened to the public this week after launching to Kate Moss, Tracey Emin and pals. Funnily enough, seafood is the big thing here and the Asian-inspired menu includes octopus carpaccio with lime and ginger, miso-glazed sea bass with artichoke three ways, and tartare of tuna belly with soy-cured egg yolk and lotus crisps.

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The real fun is in the décor, which boasts artwork from Damien Hirst, Frank Gehry (the architect behind the Guggenheim) and Michael Roberts (Fashion and Style Director of Vanity Fair). There are also gigantic fish tanks to keep you entertained. Nabbing a reservation here would look seriously flash, and would be a proper show-off option for date night. But if you don’t manage that, then you can always stop by the bar (drop-in is fine) to enjoy drinks (like the Mother of Pearl Martini), all the usual menu items, a waterfall and mermaids. (Maybe those are the sexy fish...) You want to make an impression? This place will do it for you.

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Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BR; sexyfish.com


2 | For Hopeless Romantics: Aberlour's Voice-o-Graph @ Phonica Records

For the next two weeks, Phonica Records is housing a Voice-o-Graph for you to have a go on. One of only two known to be existence in the world, this is one of the earliest recording devices; made in the Fourties, it is a booth that captures about a minute’s worth of sound onto vinyl that you can take home and keep. Whereas you used to have to drop a quarter into the slot, Phonica Records will give you a token for free so that you can record yourself singing, reciting or whatever you want to do: ideal for showing a vaguely sentimental side to that certain someone.

This is all thanks to Scotch whisky brand, Aberlour, who now own this special machine (the other one belongs to Jack White, apparently). And, as such, you recording artists will be able to sup on a dram of Aberlour 12 Year Old single malt in the early evening on certain dates. This might also provide some Dutch courage, should inspiration not be forthcoming. Break a leg.

Aberlour available 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30t October 5 – 7pm and 24th and 31st October 4 – 6pm
51 Poland Street, London, W1F 7LZ; aberlour.com

3 | For Tasty Weeknight Dinners: Dishoom Carnaby

And while you’re in Soho, pop along to the new Dishoom that’s appeared on the other side of Carnaby Street – after much anticipation. You can’t go anywhere these days without hearing about the now legendary naan bacon rolls served at breakfast time, and this incarnation of the Indian chain takes diners back to Sixties Bombay, complete with jukebox. In fact, the whole place is a homage to Carnaby’s swinging musical heritage and is a brilliantly fun new place to visit, especially if in search of an easy-going, tasty and affordable weeknight dinner.

The menu includes old favourites like the lamb chops charred in deep, rich spices, the huge and succulent masala prawns, and the wonderfully tangy chicken tikka (not a jot of yoghurt in sight: it’s made dry, with masses of flavour). Plus, Dishoom Carnaby’’s signature dish is the Sali-Boti – braised lamb in a rich gravy, served with sali crisp-chips and roti. As always, the East India Gimlets go down a treat to begin. With space for nearly 200 diners, you’re bound to get a seat, and there’s an enclosed courtyard terrace too.

22 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5QP; dishoom.com


4 | For Beating First Date Nerves: POP-Down @ The Vaults

This week sees the start of a three-month pop-up residency in the vaults below Waterloo station by catering whizzes Cuisson. It’s called POP-Down (see what they did there?) because the aim is to bring gastronomic delights to diners both at affordable prices and with an easy air, unlike some pop-ups and supper clubs you may previously have experienced.

Guests are placed at communal tables to enjoy the deliciously inventive grub and there is very much a muck-in attitude, with the chefs working at one end of the room and diners encouraged to come and help plate-up. Note: you don’t have to be good at anything – the ones in white can help make things look pretty if you make a hash of it. So it’s all a bit interactive, and ideal if you need a little conversation booster. That also comes in the form of the cocktails (the Tarte Tatin gets tongues wagging), and the late license runs until 2am.

Another note: it may look suspiciously like you’re leading her down a dark alleyway whilst trying to find the entrance but do persevere. It’s all alright in the end.

Tuesdays – Saturdays from 7pm; tickets cost £39 for 4 courses
Pop-Down-Dining, Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN; cuisson.co.uk



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