Amazonico

International, South American, Sushi·
££££
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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Amazonico

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.   

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

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.


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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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Anon

Terrible food and certainly not worth of a Micheline
28 July 2021  

At the outset, if this restaurant has been awarded a MICHELIN star then this undermines the entire rating process.

The restaurant is well decorated, has a nice ambience and spacious. However, the spacing for a 6 person table (booth) is barely enough to fit 5 and is incredibly uncomfortable.

We were a party of 6, and we ordered several salads and other sharing dishes including sushi followed by a main course meal for each. We has 2 JW Black labels, 3 virgin cocktails and water. The bill came to £876.50.

The overall rating we gave the food was 5/10. The salads were hot and miss.

The Calamari comes with approximately 6 pieces on the place for £32 a plate not including service charge.

We ordered the T-bone steak costing £150 plus service charge which was inedible. I had requested my steak medium/rare which is how it came, but the quality of meet was one of the worst I have had on a steak. I asked for peppercorn sauce and mustard to have with my steak and was told that they did not have either. The offered one type of sauce with the steak which was an onion based sauce.

I am absolutely shocked that a restaurant would not have mustard and would only offer one type of sauce with their steak.

I returned the steak untouched and no one at the restaurant even asked if there was anything wrong with it.

Having paid the bill i noticed that they had overcharged us for two of the non alcoholic cocktails which watered down with ice but which they replaced. When i paid the bill they had charged us for the two drinks they took away as well as the ones they replaced them with. I contacted Amazonico the following day to inform them of this and to provide some general feedback. I was told they would look into the concerns i had raised and would revert. When i did not hear back from them 4- weeks later i contacted them again. They claimed they had emailed me back but never provided a copy of the email they had sent.

At any rate, 4-weeks after my complaint I was contcated by their Guest Relatiions Manager who offered to refund me for the £20 they overcharged me and apologised for the experience and that they had arranged for refresher training for their kitchen staff and team. Note that the £20 i was being refunded was money they had overcharged me for and not any form of guesture on their part.

I asked why they had not offered to refund me for the poor quality T-bone steak which cost £150 plus service chare which I had returned untouched and they offered a complimentary bottle of champagne if i dine their again with my guests! I am absolutely appalled at the fact they they did not even offer up a refund against the steak and then conditioned their offer of a complimentary bottle of champagne to me dinning their again.

Needless to say i rejected the offer and will never be dining at Amazonico again.

I will certainly not be following the MICHELIN guide to dining in future - incredible that this restaurant would be awarded a MICHELIN star.

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Anon

Remarkable experience uplifted a special occasion
14 July 2021  

I've been to my fair share of 'immersive experience' restaurants over the years but save for one or two distinctive occasions, the majority fall a bit behind.

Amazonico was something of a breath of fresh air. It pulled me out of London for the duration of our visit and offered a remarkably good dining experience. We were warmly greeted, the menus were clearly explained and the suggestions were delicious. The empanadas were amazing and the T-Bone steak was unlike any I've eaten before.

My young son was well looked after and particularly liked the 'peacock' glass his carefully made soft drink was poured in. Food comes first when I sit in a restaurant and Amazonico did not disapoint. The ceviche, sushi, sides, salads were all as fresh as it gets and of outstanding quality. Everything from the decor to the service and ambiance were really special. Will be visiting again, without a doubt - probably the best restaurant in London at the moment.

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Anon

Birthday disappointment
25 October 2020  

I took my daughter for her birthday and asked in advance for a birthday dessert. They might as well not have bothered: They uncermoniously brought over a tiny ball of ice cream with a candle stuck in it. It was so disappointing! The food and ambiance were nice, but this ruined the whole event. Even in less expensive restaurants, they make more effort. For a place where you can drop £300 for a meal, you'd think they could do better. Never again!

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