Restaurant review: Obicà on Poland Street- Paradise for Mozzarella aficionados

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Obicà champions the celebrated staple in Italian cuisine, Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP.

Forget sushi bars and tapas bars, a new contender has emerged onto the foodie scene: the mozzarella bar.

If slicing into a creamy, buttery burrata is your idea of heaven, then a visit to Obicà on Poland Street is a must.

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The mozzarella connoisseurs have re-opened their Soho location with a brand-new contemporary look and I was delighted to go along to try out their new menu.

As it was my first ever visit to a mozzarella bar, my dining companion and I were keen to try one of Obicà’s famous mozzarella sharing plates for starters.

Obicà is a mozzarella bar on Poland Street. Credit: SuppliedObicà is a mozzarella bar on Poland Street. Credit: Supplied
Obicà is a mozzarella bar on Poland Street. Credit: Supplied | Credit: Supplied

We opted for the gran degustazione di mozzarelle platter, which included the classic mozzarella di bufala, smoked mozzarella, burrata and ricotta di bufala, served with baby spinach, dates and walnuts.

Each cheese varied greatly in flavour, the classic mozzarella was creamy and decadent, while the smoked one had a strong rich and intense taste.

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The ricotta was beautifully soft and sweet, while the burrata was deliciously creamy and buttery.

The gran degustazione di mozzarelle platterThe gran degustazione di mozzarelle platter
The gran degustazione di mozzarelle platter | Credit: LondonWorld

The dates and walnuts provided a perfect sweet and salty accompaniment to the dish.

To accompany our cheesy feast, we ordered a serving of Prosciutto Crudo di Parma and bruschetta with camembert di bufala, black truffle and caramelised pears and datterini tomatoes and fresh basil.

This was all washed down with two negroni sbagliatos, transporting the pair of us from Soho to Sicily.

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For the main course I opted for a simple cacio e pepe which was cooked to perfection and my friend chose the nduja and burrata pizza, which was deliciously cheesy and crisp.

 A chef prepares the nduja and burrata pizza. Credit: Supplied A chef prepares the nduja and burrata pizza. Credit: Supplied
A chef prepares the nduja and burrata pizza. Credit: Supplied | Credit: Supplied

Having ordered the mozzarella sharing platter for starters I would recommend choosing a lighter main course as we both filled up quickly with the small plates for starters.

Despite our overindulgence on cheese we still managed to find room for dessert.

I went for a simple affogato al caffe, while my friend went for the nougat parfait, which was the perfect ending to a delicious meal.

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The service was friendly and quick and the interior was contemporary and elegant.

Obicà is a great place for a date, dinner with friends or a casual lunch. It’s centrally located and the menu is very affordable.

With 23 restaurants across the globe, Obicà also has two other locations in London in Canary Wharf and St Paul’s, so there are plenty of spots to get your mozzarella fix.

We drank: Two negroni sbagliatos (£13 each), Two saggio cocktails (£13 each)

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We ate: One Gran degustazione di mozzarelle platter (£27), one Prosciutto Crudo di Parma (£9.50), one bruschette (£10.50), one cacio e pepe (£14), one nduja and burrata pizza (£18), affogato al caffe (£5) and nougat parfait (£8.50)

Total for two: £144.50

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