But for us, it's all about that pimping bar. Yes, it has Damian Hirst mermaids adorning each end, and yes, the team behind the bar are as immaculately dressed as they are attractive. And that's just scratching the surface of the aesthetics here - there's also a waterfall, 20 insane Frank Gehry fish lamps swim above the bar, and if you can get into the private dining room, you’ll be surrounded by floor-to-ceiling aquariums. Casual.
The drinks are awesome - and not just because they have the biggest Japanese whisky collection in the world. They mix up some wicked cocktails with awesome names to match. You can't go wrong as all the drinks are killer, but if, like BarChick, you like a really decent Martini, this is the place. When we visited we nailed the Scantily Clad Martini, made with Belvedere Smogóry Forest vodka, Wagyu, shiitake mushroom and passito. With its addictive crisp umami taste and we'd have had it for supper if the food menu wasn't as equally tempting.
Sure, this place is a restaurant, and probably booked up 'til 2025 from the sounds of things, but drink smart and go for a late lunch or an early session at 6pm. It's also open until 2am, so you can roll like a Spaniard and arrive for an 11pm start. Whatever. Just don’t be shy on the door and you’ll be just fine, especially if you are dressed to kill like most the clientele here. The food is fish based, obvs; we stuck to the sashimi which was delicious, but whatever you do, don’t neglect the tuna belly tartare. Make sure you find Xavier at the bar, he’s as hot as he is French and he makes some of the best cocktails in town. It's sure made Berkeley Square a whole lot sexier.