39 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London

Fine dining Italian by Grosvenor Square

Avista, exterior picture

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Address:39 Grosvenor Square
Map:Map & nearby
Nearest Station:Bond Street
Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday:
Lunch 12noon - 14.30
Dinner 18.30 - 22.30
18.30 - 22.30
About: Located within the Millenium Hotel, although with it's own private entrance, Avista offers a diverse, Italian menu combining a variety of both rustic and contemporary dishes with a wine list encompassing many fine wines, also predominantly from Italy. The influence of Executive Chef Arturo Granato shows; hailing from Italy's Amalfi Coast and having worked in prestigious kitchen across Italy, Austria and London, dishes are increasingly confident and ever-changing with the seasons.

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"Fine dining Italian by Grosvenor Square"

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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This modern fine dining Italian is attached to the four star Millennium Hotel overlooking Grosvenor Square. The dining room follows the tradition of hotel restaurants catering to business clientele: neutral surroundings for busy, travel-weary guests. On the Tuesday evening we visit there’s a smattering of American and French diners presumably staying here, some tapping away on MacBooks, some dining alone, while a private room is filled with suited men.

The menu is modern Italian, so the amuse bouche includes macaroon-like concoctions that are actually crispy beetroot muffins stuffed with gorgonzola. The bread is made freshly in-house and is fantastic, particularly the warm, doughy potato and rosemary focaccia.

A soft, slow-cooked egg oozes over wild mushroom and aromatic black truffle, dotted with Parmesan crisps. There’s also a smear of that highly haute cuisine flourish: foam. Their take on the Caesar salad has pink, salty veal in rolls plonked among salad leaves in creamy dressing, smoked potato, and more black truffle, given that it’s season. Both are very good.

The lemon sole tempura is nice firm fish but on its own a little bland, however the bed of trompette mushrooms, candied onion and Jerusalem artichoke soup lifts the flavour. Perhaps our favourite dish is the English pork fillet, sliced into cubes to reveal rosy-pinkness in the middle, along with slabs of pork belly with the top layers cooked to a bacon-like crisp. Instead of the traditional apple sauce there are small dollops of quince chutney, along with a slice of lasagne with Swiss chard and Taleggio cheese, and a single green tortellini.

Given its Mayfair address and affluent customers the menu is priced accordingly, with starters between £10 and £15, and mains upwards of £20.

Leila reviewed Avista on Thu 22 Oct 2015
Review disclosure: reviewer was invited to review

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