Review: Fifty9, Mayfair
Style Points: 4/5
The interior of Fifty9 is sophisticated chic with oakwood furnishings and quirky light fixtures. It has a mixture of high stools and comfortable leather seating. Fifty9 also has a club downstairs and on Friday nights if you're looking to have a classy night out in the city but without the pressure of dressing to the nines this would be the place to go.
Would I Want Seconds?
I arrived early at Fifty9 for my reservation so I thought I'd take a quick leisurely walk around Mayfair to see what shops were nearby. After not wasting as much time as I had hoped I thought I'd pop into the bar a little early and have a drink while I wait for my guest. When I walked in there was a cashier desk at the door but with no member of staff visible, I walked over to the bar to take a look at the menu. It took a little while to get served as the staff were busy with drinks orders for tables but after a while they did acknowledge me and let me know I would be served shortly.
I ordered a large glass of Sauvignon Blanc which was smooth and went down really well. I then mentioned my reservation and sat at a table with stools whilst I awaited my guest's arrival. A lovely lady came out to greet me and offered the menu to look at, it was 8.30pm and I hadn't eaten since lunch time so I was rather ravenous at this point and considered ordering some halkidiki olives while I waited but alas, my guest arrived so we ordered food straightaway.
We ordered the cured meat board (small) which boasted slices of Lomo Iberico de Bellota, Prosciutto San Daniele and Capocollo and was sprinkled with lovely roasted almonds. We also had two large helpings of pizzetta which included margherita pizza and chorizo with guindillas and piquillo peppers pizza. This was the perfect amount of food to share between two.
The cured meat had a good flavour which wasn't at all overpowering and it was interesting trying the different types especially with the crunchy roasted almonds, the pizza was soft and had a thin flatbread base, complete melty goodness (great for lining the stomach before a night out or to build you back up after a night out). We were also served crostini; a rustic bread as an accompaniment that might have been complemented with a dip, perhaps?
Drinks included one large glass of Sauvignon Blanc as mentioned before, a Fifty9 cocktail - sweet with a fizzy and minty taste, Laphroaig whisky (the smell was enough to discourage me to taste it but my guest enjoyed it) and a rum punch cocktail which was sweet but with a sharp kick. A bit full-on for a Monday night but we wanted to sample a good range of the bar menu for you guys for full coverage. That sounded convincing, right?
Could I Afford Seconds?
Surprisingly for Mayfair, the prices were really quite affordable with the charcuterie board (small) at £9.50 and pizzetta at £5.00. A decent price makes it all the more attractive!
I enjoyed what I ate and could have ordered more if I could stomach any more! If I worked locally it would definitely be a regular after work visit. We were sampling the bar food menu but there is a separate menu with salads and grilled sandwiches.
I loved my table with the view of Berkeley Square and I was taken in by the buzz inside and around the venue. Even on a Monday you could tell it was a regular hot spot for after-work drinks.
Address: Lansdowne House, 59 Berkeley Square W1J 6ER
Closest Tube Station: Green Park
Reviewed by Syeshia Sweeney