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Selin Kiazim’s “incredible” Turkish-Cypriot cooking “delivers every time” at her six-year-old Shoreditch venture, and is “paired with a great list of Turkish wines” by Laura Christie, who runs the front of house. The pair’s spin-off in Fitzrovia, first called Kyseri and later Oklava Bakery & Wine, closed down in 2020.
“Outstanding Turkish and Cypriot cuisine” – with an original, light spin that can come as a “real surprise” – wins plaudits for this Shoreditch venue. “Sitting at the counter watching the food being prepared is eye-opening; and owners (Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie) obviously love what they do”. “It’s not strictly vegetarian, but has many options if you are”.
“Dishes bursting with flavour” from a “lively”, “Turkish-with-a-twist” menu, win nothing but the highest regard for Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie’s “intimate little place” in Shoreditch (across the road from Leroy). “We especially enjoyed watching an (almost) entirely female brigade of cooks working so co-operatively and well together – it feels like a really intelligently thought-through restaurant, full of people who are passionate about the food”. Top Menu Tips – “really memorable pomegranate sauce lamb”, “fantastic kebabs” and “don’t miss out on ordering a pide, too”. See also Kyseri.
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Oklava Restaurant Diner Reviews
"A very enjoyable meal food wise but it was so noisy in the restaurant- it was hard to keep up a conversation even with person beside me"
|Wine per bottle||£39.00|
74 Luke Street, London, EC2A 4PY
|Tuesday||5:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm|