There is mozzarella – those bland, chewy white blobs that spring out of supermarket packets like over-sized eyeballs – and then there’s mozzarella – sigh-inducing melt-in-the-mouth clouds, glossy and snow white on the outside, gooey like whipped cream at their centre. It’s like comparing a wheezy old Volvo with a Porsche, or Harry Styles with George Clooney – no comparison, in my book.
Well, Obikà is one place you guarantee to get the latter (the cheese, I mean; they haven’t yet branched into sports cars and handsome men as far as I’m aware). All the mozzarella it serves is from dairies and farms certified by the Consortium of Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP. There’s a choice of three varieties: the delicately flavoured Bufala Classica, a more robust naturally straw smoked Bufala Affumicata, and cream-infused Burrata. You can also pimp up the cheese with regional specialties such as homemade pesto, grilled artichokes or Mortadella on the side.
And now there’s another addition to the Obikà empire, as its fourth London branch opened at 11-13 Charlotte Street just yesterday. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 12 pm to 11 pm. Sundays from 12 pm to 10 pm.