Open for lunch and dinner Monday - Friday, brunch and dinner Saturday and brunch Sunday.
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OKLAVA is a contemporary Turkish restaurant jointly operated by Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie. In Turkish an ‘oklava’ is a traditional rolling pin which is used to make breads, pastries and pides all of which feature on our menu alongside Selin’s modern take on Turkish-Cypriot fare. Our open kitchen act as a theatre stage where guests can sit around the bar and spectate as the chefs use a stone oven and real charcoal grill, known as a mangal in Turkish to prepare their meals.
The food is complemented by a wine list focused on wines of Turkey. The ethos of the list is that wines are selected for their quality first and geographical origin second, we are proud to be showcasing some fantastic wines from the most exciting producers of one of the oldest wine growing regions of the world.
Both Laura and Selin are inspired by the London restaurant scene, flavours from travels and from fellow chefs and restaurateurs. The aim of Oklava is to push traditional boundaries and pull Turkish cuisine out of the kebab shop and onto the London restaurant scene.
Outstanding! An incredibly warm welcome from the moment we stepped inside. Waiters were attentive and friendly (we called them the table ninjas as they always made sure our plates were cleared when finished and drinks topped up - but very discreetly). The atmosphere was GREAT! Seeing a live kitchen in action, the lighting - it was modern but totally comfortable and not stuffy. The food I described as having a disco in my mouth. The flavours and the textures were out of this world. I was so impressed! We were there on a Time Out voucher scheme but the food and the experience was that good I gave the staff a huge tip. In terms of portion size, at first glance you think you could eat more but actually the food is perfectly portioned - even for an indulgent eater like myself. I would go back n a heartbeat and I've not said that about a restaurant in years!
Superb exceeded my expectations and for me the food was of michelin star quality. The octopus pide was amazing with the accompanying salad a taste explosion. We will definitely be back with friends!
Food was incredible Very highly flavourful and made me want more Great service Loved it
Beautiful, cozy restaurant og unique food. Was there once before and just had to come back at my next visit to London. And I was not disappointed, it was as great as I remembered it :)
I love this place and would definately go again! The food was amazing with lots of different flavours, atmosphere is friendly, service is unrushed even though it was a Friday evening. Was great to see Selin Kiazim in the kitchen. Great value for money too which is not what you get with most well known restaurants.
The food was exceptional . Whilst I understand it’s tapas style the only downside was it is too quick . We could have been finished in 50 minutes and when you are paying top prices I would prefer more of an evening .. if the food was staggered further it would be five star ..
Great food and lovely experience but a really special mention should be given to your waiter. She was brilliant. Very knowledgeable, friendly and attentive.
Everything was delicous. Pide, imam bayildi, cauliflower, hellimi, croquet, and quail all of them were so good! We loved the atmosphere . Staff were amazing ! Only Kunefe was not good enough for our expectations. Otherwise we highly recommend to everyone. As a Turkish women i really proud of you guys ! You’r doing something out of the box.
Always excellent food at Oklava plus friendly service and a lovely atmosphere
Very good food but portions were a bit small for sharing plates for a table of 10. I was also expecting separate dishes for gluten free people instead of an extra portion of something they had already eaten (they have ended up with less options than us...) We found out we had to leave after 1:30 hours which I find very short for a table of 10. we have then been told that we could stay longer but still been given the bill even though we had not asked for it... it's a bit pushy and has never been mentioned in email conversations when I booked the table (I am too busy to read the small prints so expected that turnaround would be mentioned in the email conversations) . Apart from that, that was a nice evening.
Excellent food served by helpful knowledgeable staff, giving great recommendations. Friendly relaxed atmosphere in this open kitchen restaurant. Lovely evening.
Had such a great time!
Great food - we'll be back again!
The food at Oklava is outstanding. The Chilli Cauliflower is unbelievably tasty!
Everything we had was delicious (and we had a lot). Really vibey atmosphere, lively and fun. Great service. Such a nice evening!
Absolutely outstanding. The service was something I have not experienced for many years. Being offered tasters of wine when you cannot choose between two, being encouraged to pair up a couple of dishes that maybe you had not selected. It goes on and on. What an experience. As for the food, superb. We nearly took our daughter back the next day for lunch. Book it, get there. Thank you to the team for a memorable evening, we will be back next time we are in London.
Superb food, excellent service from charming staff
Really enjoyed the meal, all the dishes we tried were excellent. We sat at the bar but would have preferred a table, Just personal preference! But will be back for sure. Thanks for a great evening
A real birthday treat, the food was some of the best we've eaten. Service was excellent and being sat at the bar overlooking the kitchen was a lovely experience.
nice food, good theatre sitting at the counter watching the chefs work, very attentive staff
It was IMPOSSIBLY noisy at lunchtime yesterday, with young women literally screeching their heads off, as though they wanted the whole restaurant to listen to their vapid talk!
Lovely dishes, very well presented and staff very friendly. Lovely in the Summer as they open all the windows and have bar-style seating.
Amazing food! Real comfort homy food with an elegant authentic twist, amazing flavors traveling your senses and excellent chef service in general a place to visit and revisit! Congradulations to the team!
Best restaurant ever!