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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