By the time All’onda opened its doors earlier this year, it had already earned itself a fair amount of buzz - and its no surprise, thanks to names like Jeffrey Chodorow, Chris Jaeckle and Chris Cannon on its bio. It had big shoes to fill prior to its signage being up on the windows, and some critics have pointed out that perhaps it has yet to meet the demand of those expectations.
Well, we’d argue to say that All’onda’s dining experience is unique, fun and energetic – and, to boot, the menu is satisfying and has many successes.
Our squid-ink rice-stuffed arancini topped with a dollop of creamy sea urchin were rich, savory and indulgent, and the delicate chunks of Hamachi served raw with red kuri squash, pepperoncino and soy were delightfully flavorful and expertly seasoned.
A good-sized primi portion of “lumache” pasta with aged duck ragu, Treviso and a light-handed touch of chocolate was something to remember, and a savory skate with beets, semolina dumplings and veal reduction was filling and crowd-pleasing.
The restaurant facility and dining room décor falls into the rustically elegant category that is so popular these days, with appropriately spaced, sturdy tables, a bustling ambience and cozy, inviting aesthetic. The wine list is approachable and affordable, and the wait staff team is refreshingly friendly and helpful – and that’s a rarity worthy of praise!