Last year, Mykonos was the most-searched-for destination in the UK. The Greek island is the perfect blend of Ibiza’s heady party scene and the glitz and glamour of St. Tropez, so it’s no wonder that London wants a slice of the action. On Monday 22nd October, Mayfair-based and Mykonos-inspired bar, restaurant and private members club Onima opened its doors for lunch and dinner, and the official launch party took place on Thursday 1st November. Alexandros Andrianopoulos, former manager of restaurants such as Nammos and Interni on the Aegean island as well as businesses in New York and Dubai, is the mastermind behind the project.
Onima occupies a five-floor townhouse on Avery Row, once home to the headquarters of Cartier. The impressive location will offer a restaurant, lounge, cocktail bar and a regularly changing art collection in a concept described as “five dimensions of pleasure.” This is in addition to the private members club and the glass-enclosed rooftop terrace, of course - an essential homage to the island vibes of Mykonos.
The cuisine will be no less tantalising, presenting a Mediterranean menu with Asian influences including beef tartare with orange ponzu sauce, heritage tomatoes and celery; and pineapple carpaccio with cardamom, star anise and coconut pannacotta. Their website states: “We are creating a chic and elegant environment with the heart of a vibrant local restaurant and the exclusive feel of a members’ club that is accessible and comfortable for all our fashionable and discerning guests.”
Onima’s superlative, 6500 sq ft location is a huge part of the venue’s identity; the deal was brokered by the team at Restaurant Property with the new owners agreeing to a 20-year lease. Guy Marks of Restaurant Property commented, “The international demand for prime Mayfair A3 premises is as competitive as ever so I am very pleased to have worked with Alexandros to secure this stunning site. It has the all makings to be the new hot spot in Mayfair and I’m looking forward to seeing Onima open its doors.”
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