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Sexy Fish named London's top restaurant for business meals

Oscar Williams-Grut
Senior City Correspondent, Yahoo Finance UK
The Sexy Fish Halloween Party on 31 October last year in London. Photo: Dave Benett/Getty Images for Sexy Fish

Mayfair restaurant Sexy Fish has been named the number one restaurant in London for business meetings.

The pan-Asian restaurant topped Ten Lifestyle’s (TENG.L) London Restaurant Index for the second time in a row, beating competition from upmarket Chinese Hakkasan and Sushi Samba.

Ten Lifestyle is a concierge company that helps businesses like HSBC, Coutts, NatWest, Citi, Barclays, Royal Bank of Canada, and Revolut make restaurant reservations. The company produced its first London Restaurant Index at the end of 2018, which Sexy Fish also topped.

Opened in 2015, Sexy Fish is a high-end restaurant created by wellknown restaurateur Richard Caring, who owns members club Soho House and The Ivy restaurant. Sexy Fish reportedly cost £15m to set up and features a gold ceiling and a Damian Hirst artwork.

The restaurant made headlines on opening for its bold interiors and unusual name, although its food got mixed reviews. The Spectator called it “a ludicrous restaurant with a ludicrous name in a ludicrous town” while the Telegraph said the “undeniably sexy “wow” of the place fails to be thrillingly carried through to the food.”

Ten Lifestyle London Restaurant Index top 10

  1. Sexy Fish

  2. Hakkasan Mayfair

  3. Bob Bob Ricard

  4. Sushisamba Liverpool Street

  5. Chiltern Firehouse

  6. Gymkhana

  7. Hutong

  8. Zuma

  9. Sushisamba Covent Garden

  10. Park Chinois

“Our members overwhelmingly favour food from Asia, with eight of the top 10 in 2019 serving food inspired by the continent, which is a continuation of a theme we picked up in our previous report,” Patrick Crichton-Stuart, Ten’s head of dining, wrote in the report.

The ranking is based on tens of thousands of bookings made by Ten Lifestyle on behalf of clients during the first six months of the year.

Ten said it was seeing a decline in demand for business lunches, with executives and staff instead opting for breakfast meetings. It did not provide numbers or percentages to quantify these changes.