Sexy Fish, the restaurant-meets-nightclub-meets-art-gallery, has confirmed that it will be opening its Manchester outpost in the autumn.
It will only be the third restaurant – the others being in Mayfair in London and Miami. The bougie brand is owned by Caprice Holdings, the company behind The Ivy Collection and restaurants like Scott’s and J. Sheekey in London.
Taking on the former Armani store building on Deansgate, it will feature three giant sculptures by the iconic artist Damien Hirst, which will incorporate ‘creatures from under the sea’ and have been specially created for the restaurant.
It will also boast a collection of ‘fish lamps’ adorning the walls, designed by fellow icon Frank Gehry, designer and architect behind some of the most recognisable modern buildings in the world, from the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
In addition, the new eatery will house ‘the largest champagne collection in the country’, featuring some of the world’s top vintages.
Caprice Holdings chairman, Richard Caring, said: “Myself and the entire company are extremely excited to bring Sexy Fish to the vibrant and amazing city of Manchester this autumn. Manchester follows on from the successful restaurants in London and Miami.
“Caprice Holdings as a company has an affinity with the city, and we believe that Sexy Fish will be loved and enjoyed by the people of Manchester. I repeat, we are truly excited and look forward to being in one of the greatest cities in the UK, and the world.”
Other architectural features in the building, currently secreted behind huge hoardings, will be a one-of-a-kind destination bar made from ‘glowing pink onyx and glass, set against a backdrop of a cascading waterfall’. There will also be private dining room with its own aquarium full of exotic tropical fish.
Food-wise, it will be open for dinner and lunch, and will offer an a la carte menu, as well as a ‘Omakase tasting menus’, and late-night dining options.
Dishes will cover the breadth of Asia in their inspiration, alongside signatures like duck salad, smoked tuna belly, crispy eringi mushroom, black cod, and king crab.
The menu has been devised by renowned chef Bjoern Weissgerber, and will feature unique recipes exclusive to the Manchester restaurant.
Meanwhile, alongside all the champagne, there will also be drinks exclusive to Manchester, including the Strawberry & Grapefruit, made with Hibiki Harmony Japanese whisky, strawberry, grapefruit, black pepper, lemon and soda, and the Tonic & Mango, made with Manchester’s Thomas Dakin Gin, aromatic tonic water, mango, coconut, and pandan.
If all that’s not enough, diners will also be entertained by ‘world class international performers and DJs’.