If you’re in the mood for a lively night out, Oklava in Shoreditch provides adventurous cuisine and a buzzing atmosphere. Oklava’s open kitchen means you are right where the action is and can watch the skill that goes into each dish.
Chef Selin Kiazim (who has been featured on TV’s ‘The Great British Menu’) has created a short menu of creative and contemporary dishes, drawing on Turkish-Cypriot flavours. You can start with a series of small plates such as Baharat bread with medjool date butter, sourdough crackers with whipped fetta and grilled hellim with honey. One of the house specialities is pide: Turkish flatbread smothered in toppings and baked. Toppings include sheep’s ricotta and fried onion and cuttlefish with blue cheese dressing.
They have a comprehensive list of Turkish and Armenian wines so it’s a great opportunity to try something you may not have encountered before. There’s also a small range of punchy and inventive cocktails, like the beet negroni, on offer too.
Oklava is located at EC2A 4PY. The nearest underground station is Old Street.