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Customer reviews for Avista (formally Brian Turner Mayfair), Bond Street

Avista (formally Brian Turner Mayfair)

The Millenium Hotel, 44 Grosvenor Square, London

4 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
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5 out of 5
Sam Rainford
Sunday, November 14, 2004

Food RatingLoved the food! Service RatingLoved the service! Ambience RatingLoved the ambience!

My husband and I visited Brian Turner's restaurant at the Millennium Hotel Mayfair last night for our 3rd anniversary and had a most enjoyable and tasty evening!  The decor is just how I like it - roomy, clean and modern.  The service was exceptional - we had a couple of gorgeous cocktails in the bar first - being helped with our choices by the bar tender.  To start I had Foie Gras.  I'd never had it before and wondered what it was like.  I liked it but as I'd never tried it before I had nothing to compare it to.  My husband had the chicken liver pate - it was rich and delicious (I pinched at bit!) and I wished I had ordered that.

As for the main courses - well I didn't want it to end.  I had another dish that I'd never had before - the spit roasted grouse.  The waiter asked me if I had had grouse before, I said I hadn't and he went on to tell me that it was very rich and not everybody likes it.  I like to try new things so went ahead.  My husband had the lamb which was cooked to perfection - nice and pink.  The grouse was exactly how the waiter described but was totally delicious and obviously to my taste.

All in all we had 8 cocktails, two starters, two main courses, a bottle of water and a bottle of red and our bill came to 200. 

Our evening was really special aided by the exceptional service we received.

I would definitely recommend Brian Turner's restaurant and it would have been even nicer if he'd been there!

5 out of 5
Louise from Dorset
Friday, July 30, 2004

Food RatingLoved the food! Service RatingLoved the service! Ambience RatingLoved the ambience!

We are all too quick in this country to complain when something is not right, but not so quick to commend the good, thus I felt prompted to give an account of a fantastic lunch we enjoyed at Brian Turner's in Mayfair.

A much belated Valentine meal with my husband was scheduled for July 28th! From the moment we arrived at the restauarant front desk within the Millennium Hotel we were treated like royalty.

The ambience within the restaurant was neutral and calming - most welcome on a hot sticky day.  All members of staff we encountered were absolutely charming, hospitable and helpful.

The menu is extensive, typically English with Brian's individual and unique flair showing through.  There is more than a nod towards English regional produce.

We started with Veal fillet served with red onion fritters (see above!) The veal melted in your mouth and the fritters were hot, crispy and not at all greasy.

I followed with the Brill - cooked to perfection with succulent spring vegetables and a lovely buttery jus.  My husband had the pork belly- beautifully meaty, crisp cracking on top and not at all fatty as one might expect with a belly joint.

The sweet menu caters for the male penchant for 'nursery' puds and the ladies preferences for pretty/light/chocolate. My selection of vanilla mousse, chocolate truffle and the most petite banana fritter was a work of art, imaginatively presented and secured a tasty extra few inches to my waistline!

At all times our waiter, Chris, presented service second to none. A return visit to Brian Turner's in Mayfair cannot come soon enough for me - get down there! You're missing out!

2 out of 5
Derek Louch
Sunday, November 02, 2003

Food RatingHated the food! Service RatingLiked the service Ambience RatingDidn't like the ambience

I took my wife to Brian Turners restaurant as she is a fan of his shows and it was my birthday so hopefully a treat for both of us. We booked a table on a friday evening and arrived on time and had a drink at the bar then at our leisure were seated in the restaurant at a no smoking table as we requested.

We didn't have a starter as we wanted to make sure we could manage the sweet. My wife ordered lamb and as I had read such good reviews ordered the steak and kidney pie. The waiter bought our drinks and the bread basket was brought round. After the third time the bread basket came round we were getting a bit tired of waiting and a waitress came over and apologised for the delay, stating the pie takes time to cook. Believe me it wasn't worth the wait ! The pie crust was hard & dry and the meat chewy and also dry. The accompanying vegetables were tasteless and lukewarm.

My wife didn't fare much better as her lamb was very fatty with little meat and her beetroot was raw. As we had waited so long and didn't want to make a fuss we finished the course and both had sweets but by then the evening had been ruined and to make matters worse the people at the next table started smoking!

The total bill came in at just over 100 and the evening was a total disappointment and a couple of days later I emailed the restaurant to express that disappointment but didn't even get a reply, so I thought that this is a good way to let readers know of our experience and one which we don't care to repeat.