Review on Avista
Upscale Italian regional cuisine is now the order of the day at Avista, the site formerly occupied by Brian Turner in the Millennium Hotel Mayfair. The restaurant is a good looker, swankily done out with marble floors, graphite and taupe leather banquettes, plus a chef's table for 12 people.
Chef Michele Granziera is a veteran of Zafferano and other big-name London kitchens, so he knows his way around the modern Italian repertoire and responds to seasonal ingredients with flair and imagination. The menu takes on board classic peasant-style specialities as well as more contemporary ideas: thus antipasti might range from aubergine parmigiana to steamed prawns with green apple salad or stewed baby octopus with soft polenta and chilli.
Pasta is is strong suit - expect anything from linguine with lobster to pumpkin tortellini with Amaretto and sage - while mains offer slow-cooked pork cheeks and smoked rack of lamb with tapenade and Swiss chard as well as a textbook interpretation of fritto misto. Desserts also show plenty of dash - witness milk ice cream with violets and pears. Stuzzichini snacks are served at the bar - think prawn dumplings with pepper chutney or courgettes with crispy pumpkin and pesto.
Avista is also featured in: Michelin Guide, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Fri
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.30pm Mon-Fri (5.30 - 10.30pm Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express