Oklava Bakery + Wine
Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie are turning their Turkish Cypriot restaurant Kyseri in Fitzrovia into a bakery by day and wine bar by night, which is set to open in January.
Located on Grafton Way in Fitzrovia, Oklava Bakery + Wine will feature the kitchen and bakery at the front of the venue, alongside a shop and takeaway kiosk. Open from breakfast until dinner, the site will serve quality coffee and a plethora of pastries with a Turkish-Cypriot twist.
Among the yeasty treats on offer will be simit – a bagel topped with sesame seeds; börek pastries with a variety of fillings; the focaccia-like hellimli; and pilavuna – a pastry with cheese, mint and sultanas. Small plates will include the likes of whipped feta on toast; scrambled eggs with peppers, tomatoes, chilli and potatoes; and broken eggs with house-cured pastirma.
Christie is in charge of the wines, which will shine a light on lesser-known drops from Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Georgia and Greece. The pair have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a larger oven for the site and a cool room for overnight dough proving.