Glamorous Mayfair gastrodome
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : Modern European
Address : 1-3 Avery Row, Mayfair, London, W1K 4AJ, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.onimarestaurant.com
Opening Times : Mon-Thurs: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-12am; Fri: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-12.30am; Sat: 12pm-3.30pm, 6pm-12.30am; Sun: 12pm-3.30pm, 6pm-11pm
Closest Tube : Bond Street
ONIMA is a resplendent homage to the gilded era of the Noughties, located in the heart of Mayfair on Avery Row and opened by Greek founder Alexandros Andrianopoulos, who aims to continue the trend of importing the spirit of Mykonos to central London. To carry the culinary torch he‘s enlisted the talents of Sicilian chef Carmelo Carnevale, who formerly rattled the pans at Novikov. We popped in on a busy, buzzy Thursday night to do a reccie.
Set in for the former headquarters of Cartier, the five-floor historic townhouse has been recalibrated as a haven for glittery urbanite party-goers. Upstairs you‘ll find an energetic bar with DJ podium and the PDR, which would be ideal for a dinner party on the right side of crazy. The ground floor dining room is large and sophisticated, decorated in dark tones and orange and yellow lighting. As the night progresses the mood lighting gets more seductive, creating a sumptuous nightclub feel.
Our meal commenced with zucchini and aubergine fritters from the mezze section, fried in a whisper light batter and stacked upon each other to create a miniature timbale. A starter of crispy tempura prawn evinced the same attention to detail. Roast seabass was astutely complemented by aubergine puree and sautéed Italian chicory. A roasted rack of lamb was succulent and tender, served with caponata and mint artichokes. For dessert we had the chocolate cookies semifreddo which were overpoured with an incredible salted caramel sauce.
All in, ONIMA is right on the money for Mayfair.