Oklava x Arcade

“Oklava translates simply as ‘rolling pin’. When I think of an oklava it always conjures up memories of my nene (grandmother): a rolling pin was never far from her hands, which always meant a delicious treat was imminent.” - Selin Kiazim 

After finishing chef school, competing in many high profile culinary competitions and starting her career at Peter Gordon’s The Providores, Selin Kiazim was well on her way to being ready to open her own restaurant. After meeting her business partner and Oklava’s co-founder, Laura Christie, Oklava first opened its doors in Shoreditch in 2015.

Growing up in London within a Turkish-Cypriot family, Selin was inspired by the city’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, as well as individuals who were able to bring humble cooking from their own countries and turn it into something contemporary for the London market. Inspired by her own heritage, Selin had already started exploring Middle-Eastern flavours and was keen to show that Turkish food was capable of a lot more than the standard kebab. Relatively unexplored in the modern restaurant landscape, Oklava builds upon and contemporizes the rich culinary heritage of Turkish cooking, steeped in both tradition, history and influences from its neighbouring cultures.  

Arcade brings Oklava to the heart of London with both Arcade-exclusive dishes and Oklava favourites, including the ‘Iskender’, lamb and beef doner with chopped flatbread, tomato-chilli sauce, yoghurt and brown butter; the ‘Chili Roast Cauliflower’, a house specialty in Shoreditch and the ‘Black Sea Pide’, a Black Sea cheese and butter pide with egg yolk, black garlic and za’atar.

Oklava's celebrated 6 month residency at Arcade has now ended. Follow their journey here.