Replacing The Lawn Bistro at the hub of Wimbledon Village, The White Onion launched in May 2015 and a friend and I were one of the first to sample their contemporary French dishes and wine. The restaurant itself is pristinely designed (as expected from a brand spanking new restaurant) with a dark teal and white walls, chesterfield-style leather seating and an array of mismatched framed prints on the walls.
There was an excellent range of old and new world wines and we shared a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand to accompany our dishes:
Terrine of rabbit and ham hock with green olives and foie gras with home-made piccalilli and toasted walnut bread
Honey roast quail with pistachio puree, celeriac remoulade, crispy quail egg and chicken jus
Roast cod with broccoli fondue – broccoli puree, fine pomme darphin, lemon and thyme beurre blanc.
Duo of Dingley Dell pork belly – mini burger with foie gras and caramelised pork belly with glazed asparagus.
Chocolate moelleux with honeycomb and salted caramel ice cream.
The food was remarkable! The quail was beautifully crisp and juicy and I absolutely loved the unique pistachio puree and mini scotch quail egg accompaniments. The pork belly was served deconstructed with textures I’ve never encountered before that were nothing but moreish and the dessert was rich and gooey. The only things that stopped me from giving this place a full 5/5 were slightly over toasted burger buns and the honeycomb softening on top of the lava cake, which turned it into a dentist’s worst nightmare, extremely sticky and chewy!
The service was spot on and I cannot recommend this restaurant enough, just be prepared to spend a little more than your average dinner (~£10 for starters and ~£20 for mains).
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0