Oaka has been opened for less than one month in Kennington, is proving to be already popular with the locals. I visited on Thursday, prior the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and was surprised by how quickly the restaurant filed with dinners. After trying some wonderful dishes I understood why…
Oaka is a unique combination of Pan Asian cuisine with hand crafted real ales by acclaimed Peterborough-based Brewery Oakham Ales. Beers go amazingly well with Pan Asian cuisine and really emphasis the flavours. We started our dinner by a “little” beer tasting. Feel free to speak to the Bar Manager who will give you some great tips and beer/dish combinations!
We ordered some dishes from the “GAP GLAM” menu. GAP GLAM can be translated as ‘beer food’, like Tapas or Mezze if you want. Ideal to share with friends as it comes in small plates are really open ups appetites !
The plate that came rather rapidly to our table was colourful and so beautiful to watch…a food painting ! We were surprised with the strong flavour of the heavenly Beef £6.90 which is fried slices of air-dried beef marinated in palm sugar and coriander, amazed by the light vegetarian tempura £5.60, amused by the soft-shell crab £6.90 and spiced up with the dragon scallops £6.90.
The atmosphere at Oaka restaurant was fantastic, and the service so friendly and attentive. The main courses did not disappoint us and were equally delicious. We ordered the marinated raw tuna with a blend of shoyu, wasabi and green onion £9.80 which was so fresh ! Congrats to the Chef for coming up with the perfect combination of wasabi and soy sauce.
The “piece the resistance” was the Tenderised pork belly slow-cooked with soy sauce and sake £12.80 accompanied with a steamed Thai jasmine rice £2.90. The pork was so tender, so delicious and the sticky sauce was to die for !
Same can be said for the chicken Kua noodles, Ribbons of rice noodles fried with chicken, egg, spring onions and light soy sauce £7.80. This dish was so comforting with so many great flavour combinations… We were completely addicted to it !
If you still have space for some sweets than go for the rice pudding and fresh mango or the chocolate ice cream…teamed up with a dark beer of course !
I can honestly say we had a wonderful evening and it was all down to the great food and service. The restaurant is only a minute walk from Kennington tube station so easy to get to. I can easily predict Oaka will soon become a destination restaurant in itself !
48 Kennington Park Rd
London SE11 4RS
Tel : +44 (0)207 582 5599
Pictures from Luxury Chic Travel.
Luxury Chic Travel was a guest of Oaka Restaurant.