Monday 12 December 2011

Okan - Delicious food from Osaka

There are not all that many places left for me to try in Brixton Village such has been the draw of this place for me over the last few months! Heading there for a quick bite to eat Saturday lunchtime we considered getting one of the best burgers in town at Honest Burgers,thought about getting some more Beijing dumplings from the excellent Mama Lan but settled on something new, Okan!

This diminutive Japanese restaurant serves up staples of the Osaka street food scene - not a piece of sashimi or sushi roll in sight at this place and it's all the better for it.  Not that I am averse to a bit sushi, I love the stuff, its just nice to have a place which brings other Japanese staples to London.

We started with some Onasu, sweet fried aubergine cooked with soy, honey, ginger and miso - absolutely delicious.

We then shared a plate each of pork and kimchi (pickled spicy cabbage from Korea) Okonomiyaki and squid Yaki Soba.

For those not in the know, Okonomiyaki is one Japan's favourite street food specialities - a mish mash of a Japanese pancake with cabbage and, in our case, kimchi with pork.  Okan's version was as good as anything I tried in Japan.

Yaki Soba are egg noodles which in our case were served with delicious tender squid!!

Both the Yaki Soba and the Okonomiyaki came smothered in Japanese style mayo - tasty, and that's from a man who normally trys his best to steer clear of anything mayonnaised.

Along with the food we had the ginger and elderflower drink, one hot, one cold.  The hot version was delicious but the cold one lacked a punch.

Okan is another welcome addition to the Brixton Village scene, reasonably priced and absolutely delicious, I have no doubt it will continue to go from strength to strength.  I for one, will certainly be back for more!

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