Mon - Fri: 11:30 - 22:30
Sat: 10:00 - 22:30
Sun: 10:00 - 22:30
PH: 10:00 - 22:30
ONAKA is short for Optimum Nutrition And Kitchen Arts. Started in 2008, the concept of Onaka was conceived from our passion to nurture our family and friends with the best, nutritionally balanced and delicious wholesome food in a world that has gone artificial and highly processed.
The new restaurant’s specialty is Conscious Cuisine, a merging of Asian culinary cultures and traditions with modern Western influence, using only wholesome and selective organic ingredients.
The concept of Conscious Cuisine is to encourage our guests to become conscious or mindful of food. It is essentially the art of taking notice and enjoying the unique aroma, flavour, texture, taste, selection of ingredients, presentation of food, and understanding of its nutritional health benefits.
We do not count calories. Instead, we advocate a realistic, sensible and pragmatic approach – “Eat Consciously; Live Mindfully” which we hope to inspire our customers to eating in balance and moderation. We promote Low Glycemic food and use only whole grains, which we adopt a “No White Bread, No White Rice and No White Sugar” policy.
Head Chef Jason Vito and his team bring creativity, passion and personality to the table to make every dining experience unique and authentic. We are dedicated to using all-natural ingredients without artificial additives, chemicals, colorings, flavorings, MSG, and trans-fats. About 50% of the menu is Vegetarian with special focus on Low Glycemic, Gluten Free and Vegan options. No pork and lard is served at the restaurant.
Food that is fresh, healthy and veggie-friendly? This new restaurant promises all that and more. Located at the Alexandra Retail Centre, Onaka has a varied menu that includes options for all sorts of dietary restrictions. Sugar-, dairy- and gluten-free, check; vegetarian and vegan, check; meat dishes, check. For more hot new restaurant reviews, read here http://www.hungrygowhere.com/gallery/hot-new-restaurants-to-book-online-*gid-b92f3101/photos/#f1340800
This restaurant has completely deteriorated in terms of service and offering. I hardly ever write such nasty reviews, but my experience today really upset me. I used to enjoy eating lunch in Onaka and have done so several times in the past, especially when I want healthy and reasonably affordable set lunches. I went back for lunch today and was surprised to learn that the set meal no longer comes with a drink. And apart from that, only a more expensive 3-course option is available unlike in the past where you could choose between 2 or 3 courses. Nevertheless, my friend and I still happily went ahead and ordered our lunch sets and asked for cold water to be served. Few mins later, they came back and served us piping hot water -- when we asked if they could change it to cold water instead (giving them the benefit of the doubt that it was an honest mistake), we were told that it was now their "policy" not to serve cold water unless we pay for sparkling or still water. When we asked whether they can serve ice on the side and we'll add it to our hot water ourselves, we were told NO because it was their policy not to do that unless we ordered a proper beverage. I thought that was absolutely ridiculous!! I wanted to walk out of there (unfortunately my set lunch had already come). I can't imagine that a proper restaurant would actually refuse to serve ice to their guests! The least they could do like other restaurants is charge a nominal amount for iced water. Needless to say I was completely unhappy and I'm surely never going back to Onaka. They may have saved a few cents from giving out iced water, but they have now lost a returning customer.
This place is all about serving healthy food that is tasty. Start with the watermelon sashimi topped with aga aga followed by the healthy Tofu Avocado with hazelnut dressing.
From the carbs I would recommend going for the glutten free Mushroom Soba and the Chili Crab Capelini for something a little heavier.
For something interesting, try the Maritime Barley Risotto – which has no rice.
Meat lovers would do well with the 48 Hr Beef. If you like your lamb a little gamy, the Miso Lamb would do just fine.
End your meal with the Avo Choco Emotions, which is sugar free and dairy free and an organic coffee.
Good organic food, nice place thats better than you would expect from a restaurant in a small mall. We had the 42 hours sous vide beef from new Zealand together with sea bass. Nice wines as well, oesterbaai white. We will come back.