Review: Italian Cuisine Onyx Restaurant and Bar, Hornchurch

3:15 p.m. June 21, 2022

The Onyx Restaurant and Bar opened in 2019 and serves Italian cuisine with live entertainment Thursday through Sunday.

Owner Elena Karamani, 29, told the Recorder that she aims to create a space that welcomes all ages and encourages guests to come back and be part of the Onyx family.

On this year’s “first hot summer day” (June 17), I accepted an invitation from Onyx to dine and review the restaurant, using its front seating area, where the side windows open space outward.

The entrance is impressive with an eye-catching floral ceiling installation and then my eye was drawn to the stylish interior interiors – a perfect space for entertaining.

Upstairs it’s even better with a rooftop terrace and bar that wouldn’t seem out of place in central London.

It may have been the time I was there, around 1:30pm on a weekday, but the restaurant was quieter than expected.

The Beautifully Presented Pornstar Martini
– Credit: Chantelle Billson

However, server Kay was both attentive and knowledgeable and was quick to recommend drinks – first a pornstar martini arrived perfectly presented with a butterfly on top, then a Mean Girls from the menu of premium drinks, a concoction of coconut rum, vodka, cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice and lime.

Mean Girls Cocktail

The Mean Girls cocktail offered a refreshing taste
– Credit: Chantelle Billson

The extensive menu offers something for all tastes and to start I had a tricolor caprese – mozzarella, tomatoes, avocado and a hint of basil.

tricolor caprese

Tricolor caprese salad
– Credit: Chantelle Billson

I received a generous plate. The quality of the ingredients shone through and I enjoyed every bite.

On main course and Elena recommended I try the fusilli ‘nduja and the burrata – the dish was again generously served and impeccably plated.

Fusilli'nduga and burrata,

Fusilli nuduja and burrata
– Credit: Chantelle Billson

The spicy tomato sauce with nuduja (spicy sausage) was just the right amount of indulgence with the addition of the burrata topping.

Tomato based pasta can sometimes taste plain, but not this one as it was more indulgent and one of the tastiest I’ve had, surpassing my own favorite Italian in North London.

A children’s menu is also available with dishes such as the pizza margarita and the house-made beef burger.

Dining at Onyx was a delightful experience from start to finish and eating alfresco as the heat blew through the restaurant I felt I could have been anywhere.

Onyx is a must visit, in my opinion.

Try any pizza for £4.99 on Thursdays quoting the discount code ‘Romford Recorder’.

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