Opening this September and given the rather ignoble name of Pufferfish, the restaurant will be pan-Asian, with dishes including tuna tartare and salmon seared with a blowtorch at your table. There’s also a raw bar and a bottomless brunch offer running on the weekends. Trendy!
The idea is that this branch will be an altogether more grown-up joint than the Mayfair Mahiki from which Harry and Wills happily partied in their youth. But don’t panic: some things never change. Kensington’s Mahiki will have the same ‘Polynesian Paradise’ theme as Mayfair (infamous ‘treasure chest’ cocktails included). Doesn’t that have a comforting, colonial ring to it?
Pufferfish opens at 2a Kensington High St, W8 4PT in September.
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