Okan

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© Charmaine Mok
Brixton

Cheap eats abound in Brixton Village Market these days, and Okan delivers on this front. Specialising in the Osaka street-food staple, okonomiyaki, the menu may be small, but it’s perfectly rounded – fried noodles, edamame, a little grilled aubergine and the all-important Osaka-yaki, all included. As the name suggests (okonomi means ‘as you like it’), you can put pretty much anything into your batter mix, but pork, squid or kimchi are popular choices.

A veggie-friendly combination of cheese, sweetcorn and rice cakes (mochi) made for an enjoyably chewy texture and plenty of flavour, though it got harder to pinch bits off with our chopsticks as the stuffed pancake hardened. Yakisoba, with slivers of pork and pickled ginger (benishoga), was perfectly al dente and filling, though less tangy from worcestershire-style sauce than usual.

The thrill of an okonomiyaki restaurant often comes from watching the pancake cook before your eyes, but not here – there aren’t the facilities. Nevertheless, Okan is still a lot of fun. Much of the seating is on ‘outside’ benches, so you’re always in the thick of it in the vibrant market. Grab a beer and watch the world go by.

 

Venue name: Okan
Contact:
Address: Unit 39
London
SW9 8PS
Cross street: Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Wed-Fri; noon-4pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10pm Thur, Fri. Meals served noon-10pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Brixton
Price: Main courses £6.50-£8.25

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

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Katie R

Okan is easily one of the best - and friendliest - places to eat in Brixton Village. If you've never visited, the Okan Special is a good place to start - a savoury pancake (okonomiyaki) packed with seafood, kimchi etc, with extra noodles if you're feeling greedy. The Yaki Udon is another good'un, and the wine is decently priced (compared to other spots in the Village). The service is super-efficient and the staff are lovely - and will happily explain the okonomiyaki recipe for you to attempt at home! A brilliant place for cheap eats - and far less busy than most of the 'big names' in the Village and Market Row.

GT

I head straight to Okan when I have friends in town - it's one of my favourite spots in Brixton Market. I love the fact that the service is quick which means even if there's a queue you'll still get a seat without much of a wait. Order the Okan Special okonomiyaki - a savoury pancake with pretty much everything thrown in (ok: squid, kimchi and sweetcorn to be precise). It packs a serious flavour punch. 

Rusty

Brixton Village Markets is exploding with little gems! This is one of it's most precious! Highly recommended!

manne

Been to Osaka many times, been to the okonomiyaki building in Hiroshima - all I can say is that I love Okan and it feels like a little piece of Osaka right in the middle of London. Highly recommended, wonderfully tasty and totally original Kansai feeling.

Big Andy

If your looking to try something new in the market this place is worth a punt. I have not eaten this style of Japanese street food before so have no comparative yardstick but. it's dishes have an artistic presentation, an unusual combination of flavours and I thought it to be delicious, my 3 year old too. Value was very good. Well worth a visit if you're regular to the market and looking for a quick, tasty and good value offering. Staff very friendly, they aren't child unfriendly but they don't have high chairs, no bother for us though.

Ashleigh

Probably one of the best things ive ever eaten! had the pork with kimchi and noodle topping - amazing! Make sure you bring wine - only £1 corkage!

193

I'm Japanese, and I have to say this is the worst Okonomiyaki I've ever had! I went there with my Japanese friend, and we were very surprised that none of Japanese, even oriental looking people, were there. I do understand after we had Okonomiyaki and yakisoba...

Mi

Okonomiyaki is the most populor food in Osaka where I come from. this little restaurant presents the tast of Osaka(very famous for nice meals) perfectly. I must go at least twice a week!

manne

Best okonomiyaki in London! In an awesome location! Highly recommended!

severino

Great atmosphere ...I went on my own ..i had food at the bar ... Brings me back my holiday in Japan.. Very good

michael

Went here with my parents and girlfriend. Everyone enjoyed it very much - food was delicious, we even ordered an additional dish to share at the end!