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23 August 2014
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Obikà Mozzarella Bar South Kensington

020 3544 6039

96 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 3AD

£34.00 Italian Chelsea
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  • Wine: £13.70
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun12N-11pm (Sun -10 pm)

Obikà Mozzarella Bar South Kensington says ?

A highly regarded chain in its native Italy, mozzarella specialist Obikà is now making its mark in London. Like its sleek, modernist siblings across the globe, it takes the simplicity, convenience and presentation of a sushi bar and applies it to hand-made cheese from premium buffalo milk. The stuff pops up in colourful paninis, ciabattas, focaccia and salads, with variation in the shape of seasonal soups (perhaps pumpkin with amaretti cookies), bresaola with fennel, and a host of pastries; otherwise get your sweet fix from crema di ricotta with honey, orange and pine nuts. We’ve found that you’re best to stick to what they do best: the mozzarella is unctuous, creamy and delicately delicious, but other options don’t always deliver to the same extent. Espresso, macchiato and hot chocolate are the drinks of choice alongside wines, beers and Italy-inspired cocktails.

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  1. If you read my blog regularly, you will know that my favourite Italian restaurant is Gola (Gola) and I rarely ever go to any other Italian restaurant as they are never as good. However I did make an exception last night and I was very pleasantly surprised.I am a huge fan of burrata cheese (creamy mozzarella) - I remember the first time I ever had it - Miami 2005 - and my love is still going strong!! Whenever it is on a menu I will have it and so nearly wet myself when I realised there was a restaurant where they serve burrata in several different ways.Obika Mozzarella Bar is a casual Italian restaurant concept based on using the best Mozzarellas di Bufala Campana, with traditional Italian recipes and high-quality Italian handmade products. It is prepared “in sight” like in a sushi bar - the hams, cold meats and mozzarellas are displayed and assembled like you would expect the sashimi and rolls to be in a Japanese restaurant. The restaurant is modern with lots of glass and simply decorated as the emphasis is on the food.Pascal & I had reserved a table through top table (Top Table) but as it was 7.30 on a cold Monday night, the restaurant was pretty empty, however it soon started filling up rapidly. We chose a table by the window and ordered a couple of drinks and looked at the menu - I was at a loss at what to choose.We ordered a lovely bottle of wine - a Chianti - it was so delicious, we ended up ordering two!There is plenty of choice on the menu - for starters I was torn between the aubergine parmigana or burrata with datterini tomatoes and homemade basil pesto or "La Degustazione Obika" which is what we went for in the end.Wow - it was impressive! A tasting board of Bufala classico & burrata, aubergine caponata, basil pesto and sun dried tomato pesto, cherry tomatoes, spinach, foccacia and then three different types of meats - prosciutto crudo di parma 20 mesi, prosciutto cotto alla brace and mortadella di prato.It was delicious and we ate every last morsel - the sun dried tomato pesto was a little spicy for us but we still wolfed it down along with everything else. We nearly had a fight over the burrata & caponata!!For mains there is a choice of pasta, pizza, steak, chicken, fish and salads and we both went for pasta! Pascal chose the fresh pappardelle with sausage and tomato ragu (I actually wanted it too but thought for the blog I should have something different) so I decided on the ravioli stuffed with fresh ricotta and porcini and topped with butter and thyme. I was also tempted by the lasagne so will definitely have that next time.Unfortunately the pictures aren't great as the restaurant was pretty dark and so don't do the food justice.Both dishes were amazing - we devoured everything - I was especially happy as they gave me my own bowl of Parmesan so I could have as much as I wanted. The ricotta & porcini went perfectly together and the fresh thyme really made it. The ragu was incredible and the pasta cooked perfectly al dente - plus everything was very prettily presented. What a fabulous meal! I cannot wait to come back here again.My only complaint is it is opposite the impossibly glamorous KX gym - nobody wants to see skinny gym bunnies while you are stuffing your face!!Obika Mozzarella Bar96 Draycott Avenue,LondonSW3 3ADTel: 020 7581 5208Email: [email protected]
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  2. If you read my blog regularly, you will know that my favourite Italian restaurant is Gola (Gola) and I rarely ever go to any other Italian restaurant as they are never as good. However I did make an exception last night and I was very pleasantly surprised.I am a huge fan of burrata cheese (creamy mozzarella) - I remember the first time I ever had it - Miami 2005 - and my love is still going strong!! Whenever it is on a menu I will have it and so nearly wet myself when I realised there was a restaurant where they serve burrata in several different ways.Obika Mozzarella Bar is a casual Italian restaurant concept based on using the best Mozzarellas di Bufala Campana, with traditional Italian recipes and high-quality Italian handmade products. It is prepared “in sight” like in a sushi bar - the hams, cold meats and mozzarellas are displayed and assembled like you would expect the sashimi and rolls to be in a Japanese restaurant. The restaurant is modern with lots of glass and simply decorated as the emphasis is on the food.Pascal & I had reserved a table through top table (Top Table) but as it was 7.30 on a cold Monday night, the restaurant was pretty empty, however it soon started filling up rapidly. We chose a table by the window and ordered a couple of drinks and looked at the menu - I was at a loss at what to choose.We ordered a lovely bottle of wine - a Chianti - it was so delicious, we ended up ordering two!There is plenty of choice on the menu - for starters I was torn between the aubergine parmigana or burrata with datterini tomatoes and homemade basil pesto or "La Degustazione Obika" which is what we went for in the end.Wow - it was impressive! A tasting board of Bufala classico & burrata, aubergine caponata, basil pesto and sun dried tomato pesto, cherry tomatoes, spinach, foccacia and then three different types of meats - prosciutto crudo di parma 20 mesi, prosciutto cotto alla brace and mortadella di prato.It was delicious and we ate every last morsel - the sun dried tomato pesto was a little spicy for us but we still wolfed it down along with everything else. We nearly had a fight over the burrata & caponata!!For mains there is a choice of pasta, pizza, steak, chicken, fish and salads and we both went for pasta! Pascal chose the fresh pappardelle with sausage and tomato ragu (I actually wanted it too but thought for the blog I should have something different) so I decided on the ravioli stuffed with fresh ricotta and porcini and topped with butter and thyme. I was also tempted by the lasagne so will definitely have that next time.Unfortunately the pictures aren't great as the restaurant was pretty dark and so don't do the food justice.Both dishes were amazing - we devoured everything - I was especially happy as they gave me my own bowl of Parmesan so I could have as much as I wanted. The ricotta & porcini went perfectly together and the fresh thyme really made it. The ragu was incredible and the pasta cooked perfectly al dente - plus everything was very prettily presented. What a fabulous meal! I cannot wait to come back here again.My only complaint is it is opposite the impossibly glamorous KX gym - nobody wants to see skinny gym bunnies while you are stuffing your face!!Obika Mozzarella Bar96 Draycott Avenue,LondonSW3 3ADTel: 020 7581 5208Email: [email protected]
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  3. Published : Monday, 15th July 2013

    Munch My Way :: Obika, South Kensington

    Obika is an interesting concept for me… Emphasis on the simple yet humbleness of the mozzarella cheese and let that single ingredient shine in each dishes they offer. The restaurant has a relax feel to it and a rather than a drinks bar, they have a bar displaying all the cold cuts and cheese (imagine the same you get in sushi bar, instead of fish..)...
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