It feels like weeks since I had a proper weekend brunch, although I should probably confirm this by referring to my Instagram feed …
This was thankfully rectified last weekend, when I had the pleasure of trying out the new weekend brunch menu at Obica South Kensington that showcases their signature Mozzarella di Bufala DOP with a food to share menu that celebrates their passion for authentic Italian cuisine.
Designed to encompass the Italian spirit of conviviality with a selection of traditional Italian dishes for sharing amongst friends, their a la carte menu also offers guests the option of two set brunch menus: Classic (£22) and Premium (£29).
We ordered the Premium brunch which includes a choice of main dish, ‘Insalata Piccola’ (small salad), ‘Fritelle’ Italian doughnuts, unlimited filter coffee or tea, and a choice of signature Italian-inspired cocktails and fruit-based mocktails.
We started off with some Bellinis, one of my brunch cocktail favourites – other options included the classic Bloody Mary, Prosecco Argeo, and a couple of fruity mocktails.
My main was a hearty portion of the Prosciutto Cotto Arrosto: a crunchy crostini topped with generous portions of roasted ham, stracciatella di burrata and roasted marinated artichokes – I also added on some black truffle for extra measure …
The smoked salmon was equally as indulgent, served with mozzarella di bufala, avocado, and herb ricotta.
Poached eggs were en pointe with their oozy runny centres, that would be worthy of the #yolkporn hashtag …
The salads included Cavolo Riccio (curly kale, ricotta di bufala, pomegranate, toasted pine nuts, baked datterini tomatoes and crostini) and Quinoa (with lambs lettuce, mozzarella di bufala, avocado, baked datterini tomatoes and blueberries). Both of them were really light and refreshing – perfect for those warm summer days. You can order them either as a side or as a larger main portion.
If you’re looking for something more indulgent, there is the Mozzarella in Carrozza which is a fried mozzarella sandwich with lambs lettuce and datterini tomatoes – the perfect fix if you’ve had a rough night before, apparently!
We finished off with the Degustazione which was a taster portion of the three varieties of fritelle (sweet homemade Italian doughnuts): creamy ricotta di bufala with mixed berries, chocolate and honey. I liked that they were sweet yet not too heavy, especially after all that food.
The venue is spacious and airy with a lovely casual ambience, and an outdoor terrace that would be ideal for the summer months (which should hopefully arrive soon!)
The new brunch menu is served every Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 3pm at Obica South Kensington, Charlotte Street, St Paul’s and Poland Street.
The Cheekster, signing out x
The meal was complimentary, but views remain my own.