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Obicà wears its heart on its menu: decorated with an annotated map of Italy, the provenance of many of the cheeses and meats available here is carefully illustrated, and echoed by knowledgeable staff. This Obicà (part of a group that spans the globe) is decorated in dark hues and dominated by a long bar, and presents a stripped-back option for diners looking for high-quality Italian produce to match a long list of the country’s wines. Majoring in mozzarella, the menu possesses a mighty six options, including powerfully smoky bufala affumicata or a whopping 1kg ball served with pesto and focaccia. Delicious meats include charcoal-roasted prosciutto and wine-cured culatello di Zibello ham, while a range of pizzas are made from stone-ground Petra flour. There are also pastas, soups, salads and desserts, and a Campari- and Prosecco-focussed cocktail list. If you’re looking for a classy, light meal, this is a safe bet.
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10 April 2014
By rights I should not like anywhere that calls itself a Mozzarella “Bar” (blasphemy!) but actually it does look rather like somewhere you might have a cocktail with its long bar, the first thing to catch your eye as you walk in, and slightly ‘after hours’ styling. I was on a burrata rather than a booze hunt on the Saturday lunchtime when I came in and it was Mission Successful. The mozzarella was amazing: creamy, light, subtle but not bland. We shared a selection of antipasti (tomatoes, grilled veg including aubergines and courgettes, prosciutto, pesto) and some lovely focaccia bread. Thinking about it I am surprised we didn't have more given that a) that doesn't sounds a lot for a total £53 bill (for 2, including a couple of soft drinks each and a coffee) and b) I am uncommonly greedy and portions were not particularly big (if you're really hungry look elsewhere or try the more expensive mains/pizzas). So perhaps I am forgetting something like a salad but if so, it was obviously not as memorable as the other elements. There isn't anything on this sharing menu that you haven't seen or had before, but it is all well done and very flavourful. Service was lovely, attentive enough but not intrusive, and most of all very patient and unpushy given that we lingered a very long time gossiping over what was not a very high spend meal. Atmosphere-wise I found it a bit lacking as it felt quite empty; I'd have expected it to be busy given it's in a convenient spot close to shopping mecca. Maybe it gets more business in the evenings when people mistake it for a gin mill?
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