Oklava | Shoreditch Restaurant
There’s someone you should meet.
Makes a mean çemen-glazed lamb cutlet.
And while in the past she’s been difficult to pin down – following stints at The Providores and Kopapa, sold out pop ups at Carousel and Trip Kitchen, and kitchen residencies that resulted in her being touted (by us) as “the next big thing to hit the London restaurant scene” – she’s now rather easy to find.
Yes Selin Kiazim – modern Turkish chef du jour (which is restaurant speak for “chef of the day”) – is now deeply embedded within her new restaurant Oklava, an intimate, inconspicuous, delightful (and Turkish) eatery tucked away on the corner of two unassuming East London side streets. Filled with a restaurant-length open kitchen and bespoke grill; dim lighting and candles; traditional copper tea plates and ceramic tiles; and a wine list that is, essentially, a “who’s who” of Turkey’s most eminent and progressive vineyards, it features dishes that are made for sharing, and change with every season.
On the menu right now: treats like freshly baked pide bread with house-made medjool date butter; seafood vermicelli with mint fried olives; pomegranate glazed lamb breast with yogurt; and, for dessert, pistachio sponge with caramelised white chocolate, barbeque quince and crispy filo.
And if you happen upon them on the right day of the week, then you’ll be treated to one of their Sunday Feasts: a giant spread of meze (hummus, tarama, whipped feta, muhammara, cacik, marinated aubergine, börek, grilled hellim, courgette fritters and Cypriot pastirma), and a giant spread of kebabs (seftali, lamb döner, chicken shish, lamb cutlet and chicken wings). Served, of course, with flatbreads, cyprus potato chips, and seasonal salad just in case the rest of the fifteen feasting dishes didn’t quite touch the sides.
And then there’s brunch, which is basically going to involve you and your friends; a table full of sharing bowls and baskets; honey-marinated olives; pastirma with spicy, broken eggs; shrimp omelettes; lots of traditional Turkish coffee… and whatever the plural of ‘Bloody Mary’ is.
We’re going with ‘Bloody Mari’.
NOTE: Oklava is now open and you can reserve a table online via their website HERE. For any additional enquiries, questions and queries, please email email@example.com.
Oklava | 74 Luke Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4PY
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