I always love to come back to South Kensington where I used to socialise a lot in the past… There is now a new addition to the area, Obika Ristorante located in Draycott Avenue. The restaurant is a chic and modern mozzarella bar, the first Obika to open in the UK was in Canary Wharf.
The setting is spacious and contemporary, created by Silvio Ursini who has been described by Wallpaper* Magazine as “one of the most talented creative in Italy”. The restaurant reflects his passion for authentic Italian produce and Japanese design born from his extensive travel.
Obikà’s main focus is on Mozzarella so every dish (more or less) will contain the cheese. I love cheese so I was delighted to be presented with the Mozzarella bar. I choosed the Mozzarella of my choice from a selection of Bufala Classica (delicate), Bufala Affumicata (naturally smoked) and Burrata (creamy) with an accompanying dish.
I opted for the amazingly naturally smoked Bufala Affumicata to start with… Great starter to share !
I ordered the very popular, Caponata alla Siciliana – Sicilian Aubergine Casserole, with pine nuts and almonds. £6.25. The aubergines were deliciously creamy and the addition of the balsamic vinegar gave a great kick to the dish. The Carpaccio di Manzo was a great starter, accompanied with the freshly baked selection of bread – Carpaccio of Devon Ro se Beef Fillet with Parmesan shavings £9.95. I loved the sun dried tomato tapenade !
I could not come to Obika without trying their amazing Pizza ! The Chef prepares the dough and let it rise slowly for at least 48 hours and then cook the pizza on refractory stone, which gives it a unique blend of lightness and taste.
I ordered the pizza with N’Duja e Burrata Spicy Salami which melt with the tomato while cooking, Burrata, Organic Tomato, Fresh Basil £ 13.20. Creamy, tasty, spicy : definitely a top end Pizza ! The other pizza was with Prosciutto Crudo di Parma DOP, Mozzarella di Bufala, Organic Tomato, Rocket £12.95. Every items on the pizza had been carefully selected and directly imported from Italy so expect each mouthful to be flavoursome.
I didn’t think after this big pizza I could order a desert but Obika are offering a piccolo and classico portion of their deserts. So if like me you have a sweet tooth , you can now satisfy your need of Dolci without feeling guilty !
I love chocolate so I naturally aimed for the Torta di Capri, a rich chocolate and almond tart £2.75, perfect with an espresso and my guest ordered the Degustazione di Dolci: Crema di Ricotta, Torta Caprese, Tiramisù £6.25. The ideal guilt free (almost!) selection of deserts for those who can’t simply choose between all the appealing deserts offered by Obika!
The only downside of the evening was the service we received….definitely not the best!! I shared my comments with the management so I truly hope it will be rectified.
Obika Mozzarella Bar
96 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 3AD
+44 (0) 207 581 5208
Pictures by Luxury Chic Travel & Obika Ristorante.