Oka Kingly Court
Time Out says
This Japanese restaurant located on Kingly Court serves freshly made, reasonably priced sushi. Plenty of classic Japanese dishes feature here, accompanied by a selection of beers, sake and cocktails.
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My friend made a visit to London and I decided Kingly court was the place to have a sit down and grab some food. I have heard great things about Oka and we both love Pan Asian food and this seemed like the best contender.
What we ordered:
1. Lychee and Ginger Mocktails – They accidently gave us alcoholic one but changed it up as soon as we realized.
2. Salmon Avocado Temaki
3. Dragon Roll
4. Karaage Chicken
5. Salmon marinated in honey soy mustard topped with cashews which was a donburi served with hot rice. - this was absolutely great.
I have no complaints about the food as everything tasted really flavoursomeand was presented very well, but only thing was that tables were so small they struggled to fit everything on into one tiny table for two we were sat on. When we decided to shift some things to the table next to us, we were automatically stopped even though they had space. Not sure about the service and I think that may need a little work.
I thought this would be a good shout for a meal, as I’ve always wanted to try it and my aunt was in the mood for some Asian food. Located on the first floor of Kingly Court, the restaurant sits a cozy number of customers but doesn’t get stuffy because of their open windows. My aunt and I were seated by one of these tables and it was lovely to have the window behind us and a breeze as we dined.
We opted to order several dishes and share, as we normally do so that we can try a variety of dishes. Between the two of us, we had the following:
- Karaage Chicken – A standard Japanese dish but done slightly differently because the crust was made with cereal! We were both intrigued when we saw this, as this was quite unique. I thought the cereal was a great idea! It remained crunchy and provided some added texture to the tender and succulent chicken. This was served with a sort of ketchup mayonnaise mixture, which I was apprehensive about at first but ended up really liking!
- Vegetable Tempura – We were tempted to cancel this order, as it still hadn’t come out by the time we were through most of the food but I’m glad we didn’t because it was quite good. There was a good variety of vegetables in this – sweet potato, pumpkin, asparagus, mushroom, and bell peppers. The only thing I didn’t like was the sprinkle of coarse salt on top. This made some pieces of tempura far too salty and quite frankly, it didn’t need any salt! The accompanying dipping sauce was also quite unusual – a soy sauce that was far too salty too.
- Dragon Roll – This roll is filled with prawn tempura and asparagus, topped with avocado and dressed with spicy mayonnaise. I liked this because it’s also a somewhat typical roll that you’d find at most pan-Asian restaurants so it was familiar to us both. I liked the presentation of this dish, as it came out in 8 neatly prepared pieces and each end had the head and tail of the tempura prawn.
- Tuna Tataki – This rolle was filled with asparagus, topped with avocado and tuna tataki, and dressed with ponzu sauce. It was also served with a small dollop of salsa verde on the side to accompany the rolls. I quite like this as well because it was definitely fusion food but something I was still able to appreciate. The flavours blended well together and I liked that extra kick from the salsa verde and ponzu dressing.
- Salmon – This dish came has a piece of salmon marinated in a honey soy mustard dressing, sprinkled with cashew nuts and fresh coriander. I quite enjoyed this too because the marinade was something I actually make myself at home. The addition of cashew nuts was great, adding crunch to each bite of soft and well cooked salmon.
The service was pretty average – our waiter was friendly and took our orders swiftly, making sure we had drinks and food. Our dishes didn’t take very long to come out either, except for the Vegetable Tempura that emerged last. It was quick and easy to pay at the end and the staff were nice in helping us with directions to the bathroom upstairs and providing us with the code for it.
Definitely worth a try if you’re into fusion Japanese food, as some of the creations were pretty unique. It’s great if you come in a group of 2-4 people, as it makes it easy to share several dishes or simply to visit for drinks.