‘The Monkey awaits you’ is one of the slogans from MNKY HSE, Mayfair’s new kid on the block. A trendy Mezcal-fronted lounge bar and Latin American –restaurant turn club in the basement. With a 4am license there’s no doubt why people are flocking to get a table there.
MKY HSE prizes itself on being a lifestyle venue. The focus is experiential, through its music, design, dining, people and drinks. The Monkey theme continues throughout the venue in playful design elements presenting the cheeky and playful nature of the venue.
Music Director Francesco Mami has collaborated with an incredible arrange of top DJ’s and live performers to give a daily underground music edge in the West London scene. The music starts with a fusion of disco, funk, nudisco and then steadily builds into a club house vibe into the early hours.
Upstairs in the lounge bar there is a stunning exposed brick wall covered with framed iconic art in large wooden frames, dark-wooden parquet flooring and banquet-style seating for cocktails and small bites. If you manage to get a seat here then you will be lucky enough to enjoy music from top vinyl DJ’s spinning records from 7pm-close every night of the week. Try their Foamy Negroni, Mezcal Gin Joven 100% Agave Stirred with Barolo Chinato Cocchi, Campari & Layered with Passion Fruit Foam, it will be a delicious surprise.
Downstairs is the main restaurant and another bar intimately tucked away at the side. Here Latin American Cuisine is re-imagined by Chef Pablo Penalosa Nejera in the form of sharing plates. You can cherry pick from a selection of crevice, soft tacos, crispy tortilla, salads, rice, meat, fish and seafood, vegetables and nibbles of shishito peppers and guacamoles. As the evening progresses so does the music and the restaurant transforms into a late nightclub. Two DJ’s are on a small platform centre stage every night.
One of Pablo’s signature dishes is called Chu Toro Tartar, a smooth blended Tuna Tartar served in a ceramic bowl with a coat of crunchy black salted quinioa with samphire pieces sticking up vertically and yuzu soy. The dish looks like a bed of soil or earth with small sprouting plant life reaching towards the sun. My personal favourite dish was the MNKY BLK cod, a succulent miso infused treat. I would also recommend the Moorish Octopus as a great sharing dish, generously sized and served with an avocado and poblano chilli dip.
10 Dover Street Mayfair
Monday – Saturday: 5pm till late (last food orders 11.30pm, drinks till late)