Pacific | Pop Up Restaurant in Mayfair
What covers two thirds of the earth and can be found in Mayfair?
It’s taking up the space in Mayfair’s rotating residency 10 Heddon Street, which has just been vacated by the crazily well-received debut team formed by Smokestak founder David Carter & former Kitty Fisher’s chef, Chris Leach.
Ordinarily, that would be a near-impossible act to follow. But the new tenant – Aussie chef Shaun Presland – happens to have a somewhat amazingly impressive CV. You see, he’s spent the last 25 years training under the best Japanese chefs on the planet, including luminaries like Hiroshi Miura, Kenji Nishinakagawa and Nobu Matsuhisa. In fact, he spent seven years just learning about sushi.
That learning has gone to good use. He’s credited with turning Sake restaurant group in Australia into one of the biggest culinary success stories in the country, and he came to London to hold a pair of critically lavished pop ups in Carousel & the Tate Modern last year. Now, he’s going long-term in the Mayfair space, where you’ll still find the same stylish industrial lighting and warehouse-style windows, that beautiful poured concrete bar, and the skylit island of tables by the open kitchen at the back.
The food, as you’d expect, is contemporary Japanese. Things start with some kingfish sushi laid on a bed of pickled fennel & topped with a dab of house made jalapeno kosho (a citrus pepper paste); some flounder sashimi slices decorated with sesame, chive and a white soy dressing; and a crispy monkfish katsu sandwich with shredded cabbage and bulldog sauce (a thick Japanese Worcestershire-type deal).
The larger stuff includes crispy-skinned Australian barramundi with sweet ponzu; and deep-fried lobster tails with spring onion and ‘dancing tuna flakes’, which are dried shavings so ultra-thin that the very heat of the dish they’re scattered onto makes them flutter, almost like a magic trick.
To add to all this, there’s also a daily changing blackboard specials menu filled with sushi from the morning’s day-boat catches and – if you’re feeling frisky – a seven course tasting menu that’ll constantly change with whatever’s fresh.
So we can’t Pacifically say what will be on it.
NOTE: Pacific at 10 Heddon Street will be open daily from 13th November. You can find out more, and make a booking at the website right HERE.
Pacific | 10 Heddon Street, W1B 4BX
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