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Caviar House & Prunier (Bar, Restaurant)

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161 Piccadilly, St James's, Mayfair, London, W1J 9EA
Cuisine: Fish
Tel: 0207 4082900 | Email to Caviar House & Prunier | | Transport: Green Park | Write review

Caviar House & Prunier Review

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Best for: caviar; Balik salmon; Champagne & Pearls cocktails.

Great: view of the good people of London walking by.

This is no ordinary UK street. There is no Rovers Return pub or idle rooftop cat here. On Piccadilly, through the windows that line this boulevard of dreams, we catch glimpses of our innermost desires and aspirations. They perch neatly on well dusted shelves and tables, behind mere millimetres of glass that can so easily be smashed. Not by us, of course, because we are the good people of London, and that is, like, SO not us yeh?!

The good people of London stroke their imaginary beards as they ponder art at the Royal Academy. They pick out hampers and hams at Fortnum & Masons. They take afternoon tea amongst the opulence of The Ritz and The Wolseley. They might even rock out at the Hard Rock Cafe, if nobody is watching.

The good people of London buy luxury gifts for one another; conduct relaxed business meetings wearing blazers and collared shirts; and use forks, not their fingers, to pick up their seafood. They’re not ruffians, they’re the good people of London, and they do all these things simultaneously at Caviar House and Prunier.

Imagine the good people of London walking into a department store to procure a nice present for cousin Caggie. As they enter, powerful beams of uplighting strike their eyes, the sound of thumping house music enters their ears, and the alluringly pungent scent of the perfume counter hits their nostrils.

Replace that sweet fragrance with seafood and cocktails and the good people of London could quite easily find themselves at Caviar House and Prunier, where the smiling sirens of the perfume counter have now become high-end mixologists and seafood experts, and where the bright interior, distracting wall-mounted TVs, and peculiarly upbeat music provide an airport lounge appeal. It is an odd sensation to be eating tender strips of sweet herring to the tune of the latest SBTRK remix, but not an unpleasant one.

There’s an air of duty free shopping about this restaurant, probably because it is actually a shop and because it boasts sister branches in various high-end airports around the world. Where else is it possible to consume a fish that is more well-travelled than you are? This Balik salmon grew up in Norway, and was smoked in Switzerland before it flew to London. Does this mean its Airmiles are passed over to the good people of London who eat it?

Much like Maggi 2-Minute Noodles or Ronseal Quick Drying Varnish, Caviar House & Prunier has a bit of a clue in its name. If it were called Crabland or World of Oysters, for example, this review would be decidedly different. Caviar (or similar) is therefore a must. Although bear in mind that this menu murders wallets, so be prepared. Just knowing that 50g of the house "Oscietra" caviar is a cool £195 should provoke a wince from your bank balance.

Skip the seafood platter with its pointless oyster - which sounds like a failed pop band from the 80s - and instead order what you came here for: caviar! If you must deviate from caviar, Balik salmon is your only other option. Oh, and maybe that herring. It’s what the good people of London would do; probably. Balik tartar, Balik gravalax, Balik salmon marinated in honey and orange: they all receive a medium nod of approval from myself and my Latvian-Russian compatriot, who was probably fed caviar as a baby instead of breastfed, such is its prevalence in her homeland.

Oddly though, although both good people of London, we report conflicting assessments of the Balik roe pearls. Her stony, ashen face upon sampling the little pinky-orange morsels put her somewhere around Mansion House on the Circle Line of Enjoyment, whereas I - a confessed fan of the anchovy - was merrily pulling into Baker Street when the supremely satisfying saltiness tickled my alliterating tongue.

Her favourite item, incidentally, was the subtle union formed when the forces of walnut bread, salmon in seaweed, dill & mustard sauce and crème fraîche came together. And who can blame her for thinking it, really?!

Caviar House and Prunier is not a shop that says, “would you like fries with that?” It is a shop that say: “We are the guardians of tradition and the designers of the future [because that’s what’s actually written on the walls], and we are here to show you the way along the boulevard of dreams.”

Remember, you could throw an oyster from Caviar House and Prunier and it would land in Mayfair, the UK’s most wealthy suburb, so it’s very possible that the good people of London - inclusive of tourists, shoppers, posh hen parties, and The Queen - are the type of Londoners who go late night shopping for skull-shaped bottles of vodka along Piccadilly and just happen to stay for caviar and cocktails whilst they’re there.
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“Caviar, caviar, caviar. And Champagne. Or maybe cocktails. Oh, choices choices choices. A nice place to meet for a light - and reassuringly expensive - seafood meal. Good location too.”
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The Restaurant Hunter, London (5 years 8 months 22 days ago)

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Caviar House & Prunier Opening Hours

Monday: 11:00am - 8:00pm Friday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am - 8:00pm Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 8:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm    

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