Jul 18 2012

Obika

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Obika is a mozzarella bar that these days offers more than mozzarella and is constantly changing the locations of their restaurants it seems. The first time I went to Obika was when it was located on the 2nd floor in Selfridges next to Dolce and Gabanna, and I would go there and look at the dresses I could not afford and try to make myself feel better by buying something I could afford – mozzarella cheese (and very often accompanied by a glass of prosecco). These days the Selfridges branch does not exist and Obika has 2 branches, one in Canary Wharf and the other one in Kensington (they also used to have a branch by Trafalgar square but that is not there anymore). Obika used to offer just mozzarella and various other antipasti types and salads, but these days you can even have pizza and pasta there. I went there with my 2 Latvian girlfriends who work in Canary Wharf (at the moment there are 3 latvian girls in CW, but from September there will be 5, so the Latvian female mafia is taking over CW!!!), and obika does seem to be a bit of a girly lunch place as when we went there most of the tables were occupied by girls eating leaves. I had the Bufala Affumicata (naturally smoked mozzarella) accompanied with the tomatoes and Homemade Basil Pesto, which was not that much to eat and cost me £9.25. The mozzarella was nice, but I can’t say that I thought it was much better than the ones you find in Waitrose (and this is supposed to be a mozzarella bar!!! Hence expectations are running high!!), and the tomatoes were quite plain and not the most delicious ones (most other restaurant that serve a tomatoe salad offer a better one in my view). One of my friends had the “Tonno sott’Olio, Olive e Capperi” which was Tuna in Olive Oil, Seasonal Leaves, Caperberries, Oven Baked Olives and Sun-dried Tomatoes and the other friend had the “Salmone e Avocado”, Forman’s Smoked Scottish Salmon, Lamb’s Lettuce, Rocket and Tomatoes, and as you can see below in the pictures that the salad consisted of many many many leaves and some garnish on the top… the salmon salad looked the worse, with just leaves and a few scattered accompanying features and cost £8.75. It seems like for the £9.50 tuna salad they did add a few more capers. Overall if you are on a diet and want to feel like you have paid some money for your lunch, I guess you go there, but I thought they give you very little (and not even that amazing – they use the same tomatoes for all their dishes as you can see from the picture). I thought it used to be a really cool Italian antipasti place, but think standards have slipped a lot recently 

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Obika
Unit 1 West Wintergarden, 35 Bank Street, Poplar E14 5NW
London
United Kingdom
GB
Obika Reviewed by Hungry Bee Maija on . Rating: 1