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A Sushi Feast at Oka

I’ve mentioned before that meeting other bloggers can be a bit like online dating…you’ve got plenty of ‘chemistry’ when you’re tweeting, Instagramming and pinning…but what about when you meet in real life? Will the online chemistry still be there or will there be awkward silences and nothing to talk about?

Well I knew they’d be no worries on a group blogger date with Polly, Lauren, Andrea and Jaime…talk of a mutual love of food, travel and blogging would fill any gaps.

As we’re all big sushi-lovers it wasn’t hard to choose the cuisine for our dinner and Oka Restaurant on Kingly Court was suggested as somewhere none of us had been to before. The restaurant is very intimate and already proving popular; we were surprised that we couldn’t get a dinner booking before 8.30 despite booking a month in advance.

Feeling hungry we quickly order a couple of dishes to get us started including tuna tataki or seared tuna served with ponzu….

As well as salmon tartare; both dishes were prepared beautifully, we even ordered another portion of the salmon tartare. With food in front of us it was time to catch up…it was lovely to see Andrea and Jaime again and to meet Polly and Lauren for the first time. Polly is originally from Essex but moved to Doha and blogs about her expat adventures there – she was actually back in the UK for her wedding this weekend! We’d been reading each other’s blogs for the past year, and Polly was even sweet enough to ask me to write a guest post.

I’ve also guest posted on Lauren blog, funnily enough about my top 5 sushi places in London. And as we enjoyed our sushi rolls I found out a bit more about what Lauren was up to since finishing university and her year abroad in Rennes. At the moment she’s really enjoying not having the pressure of exams and she’s got lots of exciting travel plans coming up!

We tried two different types of sushi rolls: California prawn with cucumber, avocado and lime mayo along with Dragon roll prawn tempura, asparagus, spicy mayo topped with avocado.

Actually not only were we celebrating Polly’s pending nuptials and Lauren’s upcoming graduation but we could also raise our glasses to Jaime’s new house and Andrea’s secondment next year in Hong Kong.

Back to the food – our sunomono salad with marinated fish and sesame dressing was slightly lacking and not really a salad.

 

But a deliciously tender kimchi chicken served with ginger, shallots and red vinegar made up for it. We actually only ended up ordering one main course as it was a hot day and we were really enjoying all the sushi and starter nibbles.

However, clearly it wasn’t too hot to order freshly baked cookie dough with vanilla ice cream, I don’t think there ever can possibly be a wrong time to order cookie dough…unfortunately it was a little disappointing as I thought it tasted slightly burnt. Overall Oka wasn’t the best sushi I’ve ever tried but it was tasty and much less expensive then other sushi restaurants in London.
Jaime and Andrea had to get home but Polly, Lauren and I were keen to stick around for another drink so we headed to Cahoots, a cool fantasy tube station themed bar.
Inside you could have time-travelled back to the 1940’s when people sheltered in the underground during the Blitz. There’s even seating in a real old Bakerloo line carriage, it’s no wonder people mistake the bar for a real underground station.
Every little detail here is covered and we ordered cocktails from a menu that mimics a newspaper, the staff are all in character and period dress and the music is authentic too. It was a really cool place to end the night and I loved spending time with new blogging friends and getting to know everyone and we definitely have the chemistry in real life that we have online.
Oka
1st Floor Kingly Court
Carnaby Street
London
W1B 5PW
0207 734 3556
Cahoots can be found nearby at 13 Kingly Court.
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  • It was really lovely to meet you, Angie! Such a lovely evening – looking forward to seeing you again soon!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

    • It was great to meet you too hon, looking forward to our next meet up!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Yes, I do have to agree blogging meet ups is a bit like online dating. You feel yo've spoken to them enough online to know that you are the perfect match but then in real life it may not be a hit! LOL The food at Oka looks delicious.

    Joy to The World

    • Lol! I'm so glad that it was 🙂 The food was lovely too!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I love Kingly Court, such a great little spot with guaranteed good food.

    • Agreed! It's a great spot!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I actually walked past here the other day when deciding on what to eat! I loved how intimate it looked, but perhaps it was a blessing in disguise we didn't go in. Those cocktails look beautiful from Cahoots!xx

    • It was really lovely! Yes, Cahoots was great fun 🙂
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Looking very glam, all you ladies! What a nice place to meet up in Kingly Court, and I've also got Cahoots firmly on my to visit list

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • You should definitely give it a try! It's such a cool theme.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • What a lovely gathering I bet Polly is very excited about her wedding coming up. The food looks wonderful and Cahoots is a firm favourite Lucy x

    • I'm glad you enjoyed Cahoots too!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • A very glamorous gathering. Looks like you had a fab night.

  • It's always the right time for cookie dough! I used to love making it with my flatmates at uni. Looks like you all had a really lovely time! Food looks delicious and Cahoots sounds so fun! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua: Milan, Travel & Food

    • I used to love it in ice cream! It was a great night!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Yummm! And I love the 1940s vibe.

    Samantha Series

    • Isn't it fun 🙂

  • loveandlimoncello.london

    Looks like you had a fun time. Oka looks really good. xx

  • What an array of lovelies!

  • This looks amazing!

    thriftylilpixie.blogspot.ie

  • Love seeing this post, when food and girls ghaters, the fushion also looks yummers

    Herdiana Surachman
    http://www.deluxshionist.com

  • Andrea Petersen

    Well said Angie! And Cahoots looks so cool, deffoes missed out!! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

  • Miu

    I will definitely check out the other blogs and Cahoots sounds like such a fun place to be!

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