The bar and restaurant, which opened in November 2018, is the latest enterprise of international restauranteur Alexandros Andrianopoulos, whose past successes include New York's Bathtub Gin, Bagatelle in Dubai and a beachside seafood restaurant, Nammos, on the Greek island of Mykonos.
The interior of Onima is modern and stylish, featuring a wood panelled entrance, slim light fittings and a mirrored cocktail bar. The townhouse, once headquarters of Cartier's watchmaking division, is five stories high and includes a drinks lounge and rooftop terrace.
Highlights on the starter portion of the dinner menu include the Mediterranean flavours of a mezze platter, and crispy tempura prawns with chilli sauce. While for mains, there's a choice of pasta, fish or meat — or you can order 'from the josper', where dishes such as roasted Greek sea bass and wagyu ribeye steak are cooked over Japanese 'Binchotan' charcoal. The real surprise at Onima, though, is that the restaurant's desserts are the highlight of the menu. Baklava with pistachio cream rounds off a meal in traditional Greek style, for instance, but it's the reconstructed lemon tart that has got the foodie crowd talking.
Onima is now open for bookings – just remember the dress-code here is the somewhat ambiguous 'smart-chic'.
|Where||Onima, 1-3 Avery Row, Mayfair, W1K 4AJ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Bond Street (underground)|