Afternoon Tea at Ginza Onodera
We recently discovered afternoon tea with an oriental twist, at Ginza Onodera in St James.
Stepping into the restaurant on Bury Street, we were greeted by Ginza’s luxurious marbled bar, complete with London’s biggest list of Sake, as well as a host of Japanese malts and fine wines. Downstairs, beneath the sake bar, the room itself consisted of pale wood and monochrome furnishings, high-spec private rooms, a robata grill and a marble sushi bar.
Our table was placed at the back of the room, with a great view of the restaurant but also private enough to conversate. We were greeted with a glass of champagne, similar to traditional afternoon tea, but additionally, with a choice of Japanese teas. We chose Genmaicha, a tea with leaves mixed with brown rice, which had a buttery with a nutty taste and the Hojicha tea – tea with roasted green tea leaves, with a smokey and nutty aroma. Both were delicious. The service was great, attentive but not rushed and our host explained everything on the menu thoroughly to us.
Our afternoon tea arrived on individual, well-presented, round wooden shelves. Each shelf with a different dish, both savoury and sweet. The savoury dishes were traditional, fresh and delicious, these included; Wagyu Beef Burger Sliders (incredible), Crab Croquettes with homemade bechamel sauce, Spider Rolls (deep fried crab rolls with spicy sauce), Chicken Karaage (lighly battered chicken fillets), Sashimi with fresh ginger and Beef teriyaki (which I rarely eat but this was exceptional). The sweeter dishes on the shelves were flavoursome and filling, these included Chocolate Gateaux served with mochi ice-cream and matcha sauce, and Kinako Blancmange (similar to crème caramel, the dessert consisted of soy bean blanmange with black sugar syrup).
We finished off our afternoon tea with a shot of sparkling sake- my now new favourite alcoholic beverage.
We had a fabulous afternoon tea experience. I would highly recommend Ginza Onodera’s afternoon tea for anyone who enjoys Japanese cuisine and looking to experience something slightly different.
To book a table please visit: www.ginzaonodera.uk