OkanHomely hospitality and dancing fish flakes at a Brixton Village mainstay
Okan means “mum” in Osaka dialect, and that’s the kind of vibe you can expect here: comfortable and homely, although don’t get carried away and bring your laundry.
Local culinary powerhouse Moto Priestman opened Okan nine years ago with money made serving up Osaka street food on Brick Lane, and has since opened two other popular eateries – a ramen house around the corner on Coldharbour Lane and, more recently, Okan in County Hall. She’s a mum on a spectacular run.
The speciality here in Brixton Village is okonomiyaki – a type of Japanese savoury pancake with an inexhaustible choice of possible ingredients, smothered with tangy Japanese mayonnaise and sweet brown okonomiyaki sauce.
Fun fact? Okan gets through a ton of okonomiyaki sauce per year.
Watch fish flakes dance gracefully upon your okonomiyaki, take a deep, meditative breath and then dig in with abandon.
The menu also features nibbles, soups and noodles, with endless variations on the pancake, including surprising options such as Korean kinchi and, er, cheese.
But mums know best, and we won’t tell the purists.
Okan’s the word, right?
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