Obica in South Kensington Review
There are five Obica’s in London, but it was the South Kensington store that really stole our hearts. Arriving on an extremely warm Saturday we were seated at a table with a delightful view of the street to watch people walk by. While there is a main menu, brunch is best served two ways. The Classic Brunch option or the Premium Brunch option. Of course we went premium and at only £29.00, it really is a bargain. You receive a small salad, a main, one small salad, one frittelle (dessert), one cocktail and free tea or coffee. Definitely the best way to try pretty much the entire menu without a huge cost.
To start with we both couldn’t go past the quinoa salad (Lamb’s Lettuce, Mozzarella di Bufala, Avocado, Baked Datterini Tomatoes and Blueberries). The freshness and combination of flavours from the dish was phenomanal. Both were a generous portion of food and looked absolutely delightful.
The mains weren’t easy to choose as they all sounded absolutely lovely. Basically toasted bread with various toppings with poached or scrambled eggs. In the end I chose the UOVA IN CAMICIA SPINACI (Crostini with Sautéed Spinach, Mozzarella di Bufala, Sun-Dried Tomatoes) and my friend went with the VERDURE ( Crostini with Grilled Vegetables, Smoked Mozzarella di Bufala and Homemade Basil Pesto). Of course we had to add C runchy Parma Ham and Black Truffle to our dishes. Both of us have had truffle oil before, but never whole truffles themselves. They were a revelation. I can definitely see why they come with a large price tag and are considered a delicacy. The only downside of the mains, was that they came at the same time as the salad so the eggs and bread went a little cold before we could eat it. We would have preferred longer length of time between the salad and the main, so it didn’t feel like we had to choose between eating our starter second or eating a cold main.
There was a slight wait between our mains and our dessert Frittelles, but this allowed my friend and I to catch up so it wasn’t a huge inconvenience. The Frittelles, Venetian doughnuts reminded me of the beignets I had in New Orleans. Light fluffy balls of sweet dough covered in icing sugar and the added twist of either CIOCCOLATO (Ricotta di Bufala, Chocolate Chips) and FRUTTI DI BOSCO (Ricotta di Bufala, Mixed Berries). Of course we had to try both of these. It was the Fruitti Di Bosco that stole the show though with fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Make sure you don’t go past this when you visit Obica.
Obica is definitely on the list to go back to. Staff were lovely, the food absolutely scrumptious and the price definitely worth it. The Brunch Menu is available Saturdays and Sunday’s 11-4.
Reporter: Tegan LeBon
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96 Draycott Avenue
SW3 3AD – London
Tel. 020 7581 5208