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    Tried & tasted: Ginza Onodera

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    Vincenzo Ferrara has been to Ginza Onodera near Green Park in London to taste what they have to offer.

    Ginza Onodera Inside

    Ginza Onodera is an authentic Japanese restaurant in central London, it offers good food, good drinks and beautifully designed spaces that can be used for everything from a quick business lunch to a private room meeting.

    Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted by the wonderfully charming front of house, who seems on top of all guests coming in and out of the restaurant. A true mark of professionalism is the ability of the front of house to make you feel like you are receiving special treatment, whilst making all the other guests feel the same way.

    On the ground floor (street level), you are welcomed by a bar that serves everything from freshly made green tea to refreshing experiential sake cocktails. The barmen are polite and have great knowledge of the drinks they are preparing. The venue boasts an extensive wine list that the bar staff are happy to talk you though and recommend the wine best suited to your taste.

    Ginza Onodera Inside walls


    When you are ready to eat, you are escorted downstairs to the dining level. You are welcomed by an area designed to impress, with different dining areas depending on your wants and needs.

    The main dining room is split into three sections:

    • A Teppan-yaki area, where you can watch the food being flipped skilfully from a sizzling hot surface to your plate by trained professionals.
    • The Sushi counter, where you can watch the art of creating fresh fish dishes being performed in front of your eyes.
    • The main dining room, a spectacularly designed room as pleasing on the eye and the food is for your palette.

    If you are looking to host a quick lunchtime meeting, we would recommend the main dining room, it was quiet enough that you could enjoy your lunchtime chat over a quick bite to eat.

    For those of you looking for a more private dining experience, the restaurant has three private dining rooms.

    These rooms are away from the main restaurant with enough room to comfortably discuss work over drinks or food. The rooms are in keeping with the theme of the restaurant and again have select themes: (You can take a look around all 3 of the private dining rooms by dragging your mouse or finger around the image.)

    Teppan-yaki counter Private Room (maximum eight guests)

    Sushi Counter Private Room (maximum six guests)

    Private Room (with normal dining table, maximum six guests)

    The menus vary on the time you have to eat. The ‘Quick Lunch Set’ is a quick menu designed to have you in and out the restaurant within 30/40 minutes. You won’t feel like you’ve missed out and won’t be leaving hungry. The perfect lunch for any business meeting.

    For those of you with more time the menus can be a playground of the exotic and the relatively plain. Ginza is perfect for even the fussiest of eaters as the chefs can cook something for everyone. From delicate sushi dishes to the whopping 1KG Scottish Black Angus steak, they will make sure all guests are satisfied upon the point they leave.

    Black Kanpachi Carpaccio

    For those of you scheduling a late lunch, the option of a specially crafted afternoon tea is available. The distinctively beautiful Japanese afternoon tea brings together a stunning mix of cakes, light bites and fresh tea all presented in a traditional manner, stunning to look at and delicious to consume.

    What we had: A Mix of the three-course lunch menu and the ‘Quick lunch set’ menu.

    • Black Kanpachi Carpaccio
    • Spicy Tuna Tartare
    • Dobin Mushi
    • Salmon Avocado Poke
    • Onodera Wagyu Burger Set

    Good for…

    • Private lunches
    • Corporate parties
    • Intimate Dinners
    • Wine lovers
    • Afternoon Tea
    • Quick Lunch
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    Vincenzo Ferrara

    Vinny Ferrara, Staff Writer for PA Life

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