After several years of heady anticipation, London celeb haunt Sexy Fish has finally confirmed it will be opening in Manchester this autumn.
The glitzy restaurant will move into Spinningfields’ old Armani store later this year, transforming the fashion house’s former flagship into a swanky eatery and bar as it opens its first northern outpost.
It will open above longstanding sushi favourite Australasia and is likely to offer a bit of competition considering that menus at Sexy Fish also take inspiration from Asia, with a focus on Japanese faovurites including sushi, sashimi, tempura, and robata.
Whilst the menus for Manchester are not currently available, Sexy Fish’s current Mayfair menus are extensive – spanning a large a la carte, a special late night menu served Thursday to Sunday, a Kuikki set menu where you can enjoy four dishes for £38, plus dedicated menus for cocktails, dessert, wine, whiskey and whiskey tasting.
But as popular as the food is likely to be, It is sure to draw in plenty of fans for its design, too, with visitors to the current London site comparing it to a museum or art gallery such is the attention to detail in its expensive fit out.
Incorporating the unique artistry of Frank Gehry. Michael Roberts and Damien Hirst, customers at the original Berkley Square restaurant can marvel at a 13ft mirrored crocodile on its main dining room wall and bronze mermaids designed by Hirst, as well as an esmerelda onyx floor, raspberry leather benches, and a fabric-panelled ceiling mural.
Although no details of the Manchester venue’s interiors have yet been released, given how famous Sexy Fish is for its extravagant decor it is expected that similar attention to detail will be paid here.
The confirmation of the opening has been a long time coming, with Sexy Fish launching its official Manchester Instagram on Tuesday night.
News of the restaurant’s plans to open a second site in the north of England first broke in August 2021, leaving fans of its glamorous settings and cuisine to wait nearly two years for more details.
Sexy Fish – which first opened up in London’s prestigious Mayfair district in 2015, and is led by Michelin Star chef Bjoern Weissgerber – made headlines a few years ago when singer Jess Glynne claimed she was “discriminated against” after being denied entry for wearing joggers.
Sexy Fish is part of the Caprice group of restaurants owned by Richard Caring, who also owns The Ivy chain of eateries, so presumably, Sexy Fish will hope to follow the success of The Ivy Spinningfields, which opened in 2019.
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Sir David Jason set for TV return in Only Fools and Horses documentary Christmas special
In a surprise bit of festive news, the only and only Sir David Jason is returning for an Only Fools and Horses Christmas special this December. Lovely jubbly!
The best-loved and most-watched British comedy of all time will be back on our screens in documentary form this festive season, with Del Boy himself David Jason revisiting the iconic comedy character after 20 years he last played him on screen.
While the legendary sitcom was broadcast on BBC back in the day, the highly-anticipated Only Fools doc will be airing on Channel 5 right before Christmas as a special one-off programme.
Looking back on the show’s incredible run on UK screens over seven series and the several ‘Christmas Cracker’ specials, specifically, the latest Only Fools and Horses documentary will see Jason and a number of other guests appearing to chat about the legendary show.
While it’s still unclear how many of the original cast will be appearing, Jason’s on-screen wife Tessa Peake-Jones (Raquel) is confirmed to be appearing along with other special guests including newscaster Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Bendiorm‘s Sherrie Hewson.
Sadly, a full theatrical reunion just isn’t on the cards following the deaths of Roger Lloyd Pack (Trigger), Kenneth MacDonald (Mike the Landlord) and Buster Merryfield (Uncle Albert) in the 30 years since the show ended its run.
Only Fools writer John Sullivan also sadly passed away aged 64 in 2011 and fellow co-star Nicholas Lyndhurst, a.k.a. Rodney Trotter, told Metro: “We can’t. John is no longer with us. John was the driving force of the show and we have also lost quite a few cast members now.
“I don’t think I could do it without them and I certainly couldn’t do it without John. At the risk of depressing everyone, I think the last two times I’ve seen David has been at funerals.”
Simply entitled, ‘The Story Of Only Fools And Horses At Christmas’, the 90-minute special is yet to have its broadcast date fully confirmed but you best keep your eyes peeled on the TV guide — we’ll let you know as soon we do.
Jason, 81, has only just recovered from hip surgery earlier this year, so it’ll be nice to see his familiar grin back on our screens.
Right, we’re off to binge a whole series on UK Gold.
Habas restaurant in Manchester announces shock closure – with huge closing-down discount
Habas, the Middle Eastern restaurant launched by the team behind El Gato Negro, has announced its shock closure.
The subterranean restaurant will be going out with a bang though, promising one last knees-up with a big discount.
Habas will be doing 25% off its entire food and drink menu this New Year’s Eve so that fans of the eatery can raise a glass to the Manchester restaurant.
They’re also hoping that Mancs will raise a glass to new beginnings, teasing a brand new concept.
Habas is located at Brown Street in Manchester city centre and has been serving up its Middle Eastern menu since 2021.
It comes from Mills Hill Developments Limited, the company also responsible for El Gato Negro and Canto, fronted by celebrated chef Simon Shaw.
Habas has stressed that its closure ‘is not forever’ as it announces details of its New Year’s Eve closing down party.
You can ring in the new year with a selection of mezze dishes, sharing platters and small plates, feasting on chicken tagine and traditional tzatziki, all 25% off on Sunday 31 December.
Drinks, too, like the cranberry elderflower martini, blackberry ginger smash and clementine daquiri will be with 25% off.
Simon Shaw, Chef Parton at Mills Hill Developments Limited, said: “As of January 2024, we have made the decision to close the doors of Habas Bar & Restaurant, however we are thrilled to announce that our Brown Street venue has an exciting new concept on the way.
“Throughout December, Habas, will continue serving up the city’s best middle-eastern cuisine, so make sure you pop in and see us. AND on New Year’s Eve, Habas, will be hosting an unforgettable celebration with 25% off food and drinks. We want to rejoice with all of our customers, with one final hurrah!
“We would like to thank all of our guests and reassure Habas fans that this is not the end of Habas Bar & Restaurant forever, simply a farewell from Brown Street for now.
“We look forward to welcoming you to our new exciting concept in Q1 of 2024.”