On Grosvenor Road, right in the middle of Mayfair, Avista is an Italian restaurant in the Millennium Hotel with a separate bar serving a broad range of cocktails. It was recently awarded three-AA rosettes.
It's a slick-looking dining room, with a contemporary-European menu with heavy influence from Italy. That means dishes such as mushroom and truffle salad, Cornish crab with granny smith foam, samphire, pickled shallot and coconut snow, foie gras and black kale risotto with glazed quail breast and orange zest, and venison saddle and shoulder served with cauliflower purée, red cabbage, radicchio and a port jus.
Ten wines are available by the glass, with bottles going from around the £30 mark to prestige options well into three figures.
Located in the heart of Mayfair at 39 Grosvenor Square, Avista boasts a private dining room for up to 14 people and a separate bar, ideal for pre- and post-dinner drinks or private receptions.
The main focus of Avista is the impressive granite-topped preparation area where diners can observe chef Arturo Granato and his team put the finishing touches to their dishes before service. Avista's interior has been brought to life by celebrated designer David d'Almada and sets the mood with a cool ambience making this location both light and spacious, whilst retaining a chic 'Mayfair' feel.
Diners can choose from a range of award-winning innovative dishes created with the changing season in mind. Open for lunch and dinner, Avista offers a set menu and an irresistible a la carte menu complemented by an unrivalled list of Italian wines.
|Venue name:||Avista Restaurant & Bar||Contact:|
39 Grosvenor Square
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; dinner served 6pm-10.30pm Mon-Fri, 6.30pm-10.30pm Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Marble Arch, Bond Street, Green Park.|
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I was fortunate enough to have been taken for afternoon tea to the Avista Bar in the Millennium Hotel as a birthday present. Situated on Grosvenor Square in an eighteenth century mansion, the decor was lovely from the first step inside. We were shown to our table where only two or three others were decked with afternoon tea apparel. The menu had a fine choice of teas. I chose the rarest tea having only three weeks in the year during which the leaves can be harvested.The service was impeccable and we were given sufficient time to peruse the menu but not so long that we were looking around for someone to take our order. The tea arrived first followed by the stand with finger sandwiches at the bottom, scones in the middle and desserts, the crowing glory, at the top. The finger sandwiches were delicious and catered to our needs. I always feel that it would be wonderful to have four finger sandwiches rather than three and that is why I have not given five stars. The scones were melt-in-your-mouth fresh with both plain (my favourite) and fruity with a zing of orange,(my companion's favourite). Aswell as clotted cream and jam accompanying these, there was also lemon curd. The desserts were a wonderful mixture of cake and dessert. When we asked for another lemon posset dessert,as we both wanted to sample one, the waitress quickly bought us one. It was smooth and tastebud heaven! The creme caramel had to sit and wait! Our teapots were refreshed as frequently as we wanted, without us asking. The icing on the cake was when I was presented with a special birthday plate with a slice of passion fruit cake accompanied by two strawberries dunked in soft chocolate with Happy Birthday written in chocolate around the plate courtesy of the hotel. what a fabulous gesture! I would certainly return for another afternoon tea experience but it would have to be for a special occasion as without a voucher or having a special offer this is certainly a luxury.And what a wonderful luxury it turned out to be.