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Jan 4

Avista, 39 Grosvenor Square

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This Italian gem in Grosvenor Square is just moments away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street.

We took to our table and ordered a glass of prosecco to get into spirit of fine dining. 
 
At your table you’ve got a chance to take in the splendid Georgian architecture, which has been elegantly revamped throughout the restaurant. One of my favourite things about Avista is the chef’s preparation area. Here, it’s possible to sit in true gastro pub style and watch the chefs busy at work.
 
In fact, if you are fortunate enough it is not uncommon to see Chef Michele Granziera give a master class in fresh pasta. This sense of anticipation really helps to escalate the feeling that you’re enjoying authentic Italian cuisine. 
 
The wine list is fabulous. It contains mainly Italian wines as you would expect, but also boasts a really good range of other vinery delights.  
 
The food menu is fairly extensive and sports different traditional dishes from across Italy. For those in the mood for a treat, the fois gras or Parma ham are nothing short of delicious. 
 
I started with the beef bresaola, which was delicately placed on a bed of rocket salad, peppered with goat’s cheese and walnuts. It was not a combination I would ever guess to place together, but it was a stroke of genius. The tastes and textures complimented each other superbly. 
 
After my fabulous starter I had to take my time selecting my main course. There are both options of a fresh pasta course or one of Chef Michele’s creations. Judging from other plates around me the lamb shank looked absolutely divine and the veal cutlet superbly cooked.
 
However, I decided to plump for the day’s special, which was a venison steak with polenta served in red wine sauce. It was perfectly cooked and presented, and of course, tasted amazing. The lean venison steak was cooked particularly nicely retaining all the flavour and texture it should. 
 
The desert did not disappoint either. My companion and I gleefully tucked into panacotta with dried fruit and tiramisu respectively. These were beautiful and more or less perfect choices to round off our meal. 
 
 
Above: Bar @ Avista
 
I found the staff to be extremely friendly and knowledgeable from the outset. It was heart warming to eat in an exclusive restaurant where the staff maintain a sense of fun and are happy to chat. 
 
It’s safe to say that I will be going back to Avista. The food was exquisite, wine fabulous and the staff lovely
 
Top Tip:  If dining with a group of friends then why not try Head Chef Michele Ganziera’s surprise menu? He’ll create a custom five course menu for your table that comprises of many of his speciality dishes. Ideal for that special occasion.  
 
 
Avista, 
 
39 Grosvenor Square,
 
London, W1K 2HP  
 

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