Inspired by owners Stephen and Niharika Hogan's recent jaunts across South America, Onda brings a healthy dose of colour and good times vibes to Richmond.
It's a playful Bridge Road space with a vibrant fitout of botanical artwork and polished brass. Stephen, who is also the restaurant's head chef, uses South America flavours throughout the menu and leans on his experience in kitchens across Melbourne and New Zealand (Chin Chin, Bistro Guillaume, St. Ali and Sir Charles to name just a few).
A bright and lively menu complements its surrounds, starring generous plates like the grilled wagyu rump cap with bone marrow-toasted croutons, chimichurri and beef jugo; and a barramundi baked in corn husk. Light, fresh additions include a kingfish ceviche with purple yam crisps and coconut chicken wings, while vegetarians will be just as satisfied diving into dishes like whole roast cauliflower with puffed buckwheat crumb or mozzarella chipa puffs (Paraguayan-style cheese rolls) with dark mole sauce.
When you're done with savoury bites, we recommend ordering the the black sesame and chocolate dessert cigars. Loaded with dulce de leche and banana, the cigars look as good as they taste.
Extending the light-hearted and colourful vibes is the drinks list — a couple of bubbly options and a lineup of fun signature cocktails prove a perfect match to the Onda mood.