Italian mozzarella champion Obikà launched its premiere London restaurant in Canary Wharf back in November. Purportedly Italy’s favourite restaurant group, Obikà’s focus is to offer premium Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP served alongside a typical assortment of Italian artisan products, such as Prosciutto Crudo di Parma DOP, Bresaola della Valtellina (cured beef) and Isle of Ewe smoked salmon along with a mouthwatering list of antipasti, hot dishes, freshly baked pizza and aperitifs.
If you love proper mozzarella and down to earth southern Italian cooking then you're very much in luck (especially if you live or work round Canary Wharf). And if you're wondering how such a cheesy concept can result in a franchise spanning six countries in three continents, you should head over to the Wharf and see what the hubbub's all about.
The open and airy Obikà benefits from its location within the large-windowed winter garden interior. But, honestly, the place could be a real dump and still be worth a visit. The mozzarella (whether delicate classica, naturally smoked affumicata or creamy burrata) is indeed a delicious draw. The £12.50 lunch menu (choose from three main courses plus a “mini dessert", mineral water or soft drink and a coffee) presents an efficient and reasonably priced way to savour the simple beauty of one of Italy's most delicious exports.
Obikà is located at Unit 1 West Wintergarden, 35 Bank Street, E14 5NW (but don't be surprised if more outlets start springing up all over town).
Disclaimer: Londonist visited Obikà upon invitation of the restaurant.