19-20 Poland Street, Soho, London

Fast, fresh Italian feasting with the classic cocktails to match

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Address:19-20 Poland Street
Map:Map & nearby
Nearest Station:Oxford Circus
Opening Hours:

Mon:12:00 - 23:00
Tue:12:00 - 23:00
Wed:12:00 - 23:00
Thu:12:00 - 23:00
Fri:12:00 - 23:00
Sat:12:00 - 23:00
Sun:12:00 - 22:00
About: A chic contemporary Italian casual dining restaurant where mozzarella is the star of a sumptuous line-up of slow food specialities.

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"Fast, fresh Italian feasting with the classic cocktails to match"

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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This kind of weather just calls out for fresh and tasty summer dining, something Obicà has no problem with delivering. The world’s first mozzarella bar, founded in 2004 and now with restaurants all over the world, sums itself up with the concept of ‘food to share’, though with such a delicious menu you might find it hard to relinquish any of your supper…

I have to admit, I’ve had a miss with Obicà before when sampling a new brunch menu and failing with my choice of a deeply disappointing deep fried mozzarella sandwich (which was nowhere near as nice as it sounds), but I’m pleased to report this time was a totally different experience.

Visiting the Poland Street branch straight after work on a Tuesday it quickly started to fill up, and not just with patrons sticking to the bar which is always a good sign. The menu obviously features a wealth of choices when it comes to mozzarella; while the smoked Buffalo Affumicata sounded spectacular, we chose a Burrata al Tartufo with shavings of black summer truffle, delicate, creamy and melt in the mouth delicious. To be honest we could have had two each and left it at that, but with a whole new summer menu to sample it would have been rude not to.

Italian small plates are the name of the game, with the only downside to the menu seemingly being that the tables aren’t really big enough for a proper sharing experience. Be prepared for plate shuffling. Prosciutto and bresaola were just the ride side of salty, drizzled with olive oil while the crochette di patate e prugne, breadcrumbed potato croquettes with bacon and dried plums, were oozingly creamy and very delicious; though one portion isn’t *quite* enough. A dish of perfectly ripe datterini tomatoes accompanied with home-made basil pesto was the final addition to the table, making up just the right combination of dishes and flavours for an light early evening nibble to accompany the deliciously potent negronis we indulged in. While the pizzas looked and smelled divine, those will have to be saved for another time.

Deciding on one pudding to share, the mill-feuille with soft cream and betties was a little disappointing, given it featured shortbread biscuits rather than the layers of light flaky pastry a mille-feuille strictly out to be, however it was still a light and summery end to our supper.

For fast, fresh Italian feasting with the classic cocktails to match, Obica should be on your summer radar.

Laurel reviewed Obica on Wed 01 Aug 2018

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