Okitchen is a stylish and quirky little joint serving up a mixture of Japanese and Korean dishes. Aficionados of Japanese food will recognise the usual nigiri, hosomaki and sashimi, as well as miso soup, gyoza and teriyaki. But it’s the Korean dishes that really grab the attention.
Kimchi has become the go-to side dish for hip foodies of late. Fermentation and pickling are so hot right now, with today’s kitchen shelves looking more like mad scientists’ laboratories, groaning under the weight of jars stuffed with all manner of preserved concoctions. But Korean food doesn’t stop with kimchi. OKitchen offers up plenty for adventurous foodies, our reviewer revelled in the Yukhoe, a sort of Korean version of beef tartare, complete with raw egg yolk but served with crisp matchsticks of Korean pear. There’s BBQ aka bulgogi too, take your pick from classic beef or pork, or add some seafood into the mix. If you’re after a rice dish you can go Japanese with teriyaki or Korean with bibimbap.
The cocktail list is well worth a gander too, offering Asian twists on the classics such as a Negroni with lychee liqueur and fresh chilli, a Yuzu Daquiri or even (groan) Sake on the beach.