Amazonico

Silver Award
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International, South American, Sushi

Amazonico
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Silver Award

Berkeley Square has long been the playground for London’s international super-rich, but behind all the flash and cash it’s often forgotten that there’s some very good cooking going on. The latest global brand to join the likes of Nobu and Novikov is Amazonico, which arrives via an original in Madrid where Cristiano Ronaldo is a regular. Husband-and-wife owners Sandro Silva and Marta Seco clearly think they can repeat the trick in London, having relocated to the UK and sunk £13m into this outlandish approximation of South America.

First impressions aren’t encouraging. The jumpsuit-clad hostesses on the front desk seemed overwhelmed by the queue for the cloakroom, the bar was heaving with suntans in suits knocking back cocktails while nodding to the DJ and the sheer scale of the restaurant behind makes you wonder how consistent quality can be in a venue with a 300 capacity.

But give yourself over to the ludicrous spectacle and sensory overload of it all – ornamental peacocks, pineapples spinning on a rotisserie, a live jazz band and more greenery than a glasshouse at Kew – and Amazonico’s hallucinatory spell will work on you as powerfully as a cup of ayahuasca.

It helps that the restaurant has two aces up its sleeve. The attentive service from the good-looking staff is tremendous, and the food is consistently delicious. Silva and Seco have launched Amazonico in partnership with d.Ream International, the group behind Coya and Zuma who already know a thing or two about ceviche, sushi and steak.

The menu kicks off with salads and raw fish. Palm hearts come with fennel and cucumber and a well-judged sweet and sour dressing, stone bass ceviche gets an equally flattering avocado cream sauce or, if you’re in search of some carbs, there are robustly flavoured baked chicken rolls to dunk into a mint and yoghurt dip.

But it’s with grilled fish and meat main courses that the kitchen really excels. Sweet and succulent scarlet prawns display not only fastidious sourcing but chefs who know how to handle high-end ingredients, while melt-in-the-mouth rump steak was one of the best pieces of beef we’ve had for some time.

Side orders keep to the South American theme with creamy mashed corn or a lovely plate of grilled cabbage with cashew, garlic cream and kumquats while, if you make it as far as dessert, there’s a hot chocolate fondant with avocado ice cream that is far nicer than it sounds.

Amazonico isn’t subtle in any sense and if the idea of partying with the 1% isn’t your idea of a good time then you need to walk on by. But come with an open mind, a group of mates and money to burn and Amazonico is the most fun you can have in Mayfair right now.   

About Amazonico

Madrid is the original location for glitzy Amazonico, where it is known for its jungle-inspired interiors and celeb pulling power – everyone from Spanish socialites to politicians have been spotted dining at the restaurant. According to the team behind the restaurant they plan to bring 'Latin American warmth and energy' to London by taking diners on a culinary journey through South America.

This first London outpost occupies the former Allied Irish Bank building on Mayfair’s Berkeley Square and sports the restaurant’s famed rainforest-style interiors, including green awnings at the front emblazoned with the Amazonico logo. 

Open from morning until the early hours, Amazonico comprises a large dining room and an intimate lounge bar, with room for almost 300 guests across the entire space. The food menu is an eclectic mix of cuisines, featuring fare inspired by Asia, the Mediterranean and Brazil. The Peruvian bar is where you will find all the sushi dishes, and the Amazonian open kitchen is where the real fire is. Dishes you can expect to find include the wide-ranging likes of tandoori-grilled meats, sushi, US-style steaks, frogs' legs and poké.

The circular bar area serves up extavagantly presented cocktails using the likes of juices, tropical fruits, papaya and cinnamon. 

As if this restaurant couldn’t get any more extra, head down to the jungle jazz club for live performances each night. Be entertained by artists singing the likes of jazz, soul and bossa nova.   

The team behind the hotspot are Spanish restaurateurs Santo da Silva and Marta Santos, who find themselves in good company among high-end neighbours such as Richard Caring’s celeb-baiting Sexy Fish and Indian restaurant Benares.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
International, South American, Sushi
Ambience
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Themed, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Special Features
Live music / dancing, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

Location for Amazonico

10 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1J 6AA

020 7404 5000

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-01:00
Tue 12:00-01:00
Wed 12:00-01:00
Thu 12:00-01:00
Fri 12:00-01:00
Sat 12:00-01:00
Sun 12:00-00:00

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