Onyx at The Four Seasons Westlake Village

written by Julie Cohn

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My family had a chance to try the cuisine at Onyx at The Four Seasons Westlake Village, a new restaurant offering a variety of Japanese-influenced dishes in an elegant, laid-back setting, perfect for both a romantic date night or family dinner.

{We were invited to experience Onyx as guests, but my opinions are 100% my own.}

 

Onyx at The Four Seasons Westlake Village

My husband and I were anxious to try Oynx while staying at The Four Seasons Westlake Village,  our curiosity peaked by the large two-way aquarium bordering one wall of the restaurant.  My son, a finicky meat and potatoes teenager, was not as thrilled, but begrudgingly joined us for a family dinner.  Being a busy Saturday night, we made reservations beforehand, and upon arrival, were seated quickly at a table near the open sushi bar/kitchen.

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Our server arrived to take our drink and appetizer order, and my husband, inquired about the sake menu, marveling over the many varieties of sake.  Our server suggested a sake flight so he could sample several of the sake wines they feature.  Although I was impressed with their extensive wine menu, I chose a non-alcoholic beverage with dinner, and took a sip (or two) from my husband’s sake flight.

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We had a several appetizers to choose from, but with such an large sushi and sashimi menu, all other appetizers paled in comparison (although the Summer Lobster Roll and Miso Eggplant with Duck caught my eye).  My son, suddenly curious about Japanese cuisine, decided he wanted to try sushi, so we started off (gently) with plates of California and Ebi to share.

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To his surprise (and ours), he loved the California roll, and we wound up ordering an additional six-piece plate to share.  The sushi was hand-rolled seconds before arriving at our table, fresh and delicious.  In fact, it was some of the freshest sushi I have ever had, and I am quite picky about my sushi!

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As we finished the appetizers, our dinners arrived.  My husband had the Grilled Teriyaki Beef Tenderloin, tender and juicy, with a flavorful teriyaki glaze that did not overpower the dish.

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My son had a grilled Salmon (one of the daily specials), cooked to perfection with a light soy glaze that added a burst of flavor to the fish.  I ordered the Garlic Noodles, brimming with noodles, chicken, and vegetables, in in a bold garlic sauce.  My dish was so large, I could barely put a dent in it before I was full.  My husband and son were quite willing to help me polish it off.

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After such a large dinner, I had no plans for dessert, yet once the server brought us a dessert menu, I knew I had to try one of the unique confections offered.  My husband and I shared the Nikka Whiskey chocolate cake–a rich chocolate with bold whiskey overtones; my son’s yuzu cheesecake was an airy mochi-like treat, not heavy like a traditional New York style cheesecake.  Both desserts were delightful!

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Our dinner was unhurried and our server gave us time to enjoy the meal with minimal interruption, only stopping by occasionally to refill a glass or remove a plate.  While the service was not what I expect from The Four Seasons standard of excellence, our server was helpful and courteous.  Although the restaurant was quite busy, the noise level was tolerable, and we were able to hold a conversation without being distracted.

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The decor is decidedly Asian, with red and gold accents throughout, more understated than ostentatious.  The 2,000 gallon salt water aquarium, as well as the golden-lit salt bar, were elegant centerpieces to the room, yet the table accents and antiques were Japanese rustic, creating a peaceful dining experience.  In addition to dining room seating, there was seating outside overlooking the waterfalls.  When you make reservations, if the weather is agreeable, ask to be seated outside, so you can enjoy the gorgeous views.

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Prices at Onyx were very reasonable, especially considering Onyx is located in a five-star hotel. Entrees range from $14 – $45, but most are around $18 .  Onyx has a a children’s menu available, making it family-friendly.  For guests not staying at the Four Seasons Westlake Village, complimentary parking is available. Onyx is open Monday – Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and reservations are recommended.   For more information about Onyx and to make a reservation, please visit their website.

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