novikov || 50a berkeley st., london || +44 20 7399 4330
touchdown [fancy] londontown!
this dark [yet perfectly lit for footos: foodie photos], decadent, festive, sexy venue filled with beautiful people [with british accents] & especially fresh seafood [+wifi!] deserves a proper standing ovation, so here it is:
les poissons, les poissons…hee hee hee…hoh hoh hoh…after saying hello to the kitchen staff & shaking hands with the lively seafood on display, onto the real excitement – the
eye candy food & beverages:from the bar area, starting with perfectly crafted espresso martinis – not overly sweet like one too many places.as we venture over to our table, the dining room faces the fresh seafood flown in first class from various parts of the world + the seemingly open kitchen for you to enjoy the art of cooking segregated by a glass wall so as not to ruin the scent of our carefully slathered perfumes [or colognes].shrimp dumpling topped with ikura.langoustine carpaccio – YES.o-toro, you’re so fatty. hotate, you’re so hot. YES.
ikura, you’re so ballsy. YES.[edible?] floral drinks for the ladies. crispy fatty duck with microgreens, pomegranate, pine nuts = mixed guilty + guilt-free feelings cancel out = nonetheless, delicious.king crab legs cooked with superman butter.lightly seared razor clams in a citrus sauce – YES.spicy sea bass in an orange sauce [think fancy orange chicken] – not my favorite but still done well.crispy soft shell crab – yum.i changed it up to a whiskey-based drink served in bamboo for a tropical effect. for dessert, we had few more espresso martinis – they were consistently great. overall, wonderful experience! bravo novikov!
next stop: the rififi club [members only] for restaurateur arkady novikov’s newest creations. more soon!