Japes brings Chicago-Style Pizza and Fresh Waffles to Soho

We all know that pizzas and waffles are the perfect combination. Bringing this dream to life, owners and partners Aleksandar Aleksic and Jovana Kostadinovic have launched Japes

Located on 22-25 Dean Street in Soho, Japes is the first restaurant from the young couple Aleksandar and Jovana, who met when Aleksandar was competing in Canoe Sprint for the 2012 Olympic Games. They subsequently enjoyed their first date in a waffle house, which ultimately inspired their sweet offering. But let us for a moment focus our attention on their pizzas. Inspired by Chicago’s various interpretations of this universally adored dish, Japes’ savoury menu features two varieties. More commonly known (but still brand-new to London) is the deep-dish, where the pizza is baked in a deep pan giving it its characteristically high edge, leaving ample room for cheese. Their pot-pie pizzas are made in a ramekin topped with dough and baked like a pie, before being upturned to reveal the cheesy mozzarella topping!

Signature dishes include:

  • Siena Deep Dish Pizza – Mozzarella, artichokes, capers, pine nuts, ham, tomato & pesto
  • Toscana Deep Dish Pizza – Mozzarella, prosciutto, rocket, parmesan
  • Bolognese Pizza Pot – Bolognese sauce, mozzarella & mushrooms
  • Ricotta Verde Pizza Pot – Ricotta, mozzarella, spinach, broccoli, zucchini

The Japes sweet menu certainly reflects their shared love for waffles. The owners are proud of the fact that all their original recipes are home-made and prepared right on the premise. “No additives. No Funny stuff. We’re 100% natural,” says their website. All our waffles are topped with homemade sauces and ice-creams.”

Signature dishes include:

  • Monkey Peanuts Waffle – Fresh red berries and homemade peanut chocolate sauce topped with home-made vanilla ice-cream and ground cookies.
  • Stachiola Waffle – Bananas and grapes topped with home-made pistachio cream & ice-cream

The new restaurant also boasts a wide and eclectic selection of cocktails and hardshakes. Signature cocktails include their Aztec Negroni made with barrel aged Mezcal, antica formula and Campari, and their Japes Fizz made with Grand Marnier, Merlot apricot and Prosecco. The hardshakes are a grown-up version of their home-made ice-cream milkshakes and include an Espresso Martini made with chocolate ice-cream, vodka and coffee liqueur and a Grasshopper made with mint ice-cream, vodka, cacao liqueur. The Japes interiors are sleek and stylish, with jewelled velvet chairs setting the tone throughout the restaurant. Contemporary lighting and copper details are intertwined with green foliage, creating a warm and welcoming and space which holds a maximum of 90 covers inside and 20 covers outside. Of the new restaurant Aleksandar and Jovana say: “We wanted to do something different, something unique, something homemade and something natural. When we came to London, we started to look for a similar place but couldn’t find it, and that is how Japes was born. At Japes, it’s all about surprises, and the various flavours that take your taste buds on a ride with every single bite.”

Japes 22-25 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3RY https://japes.uk

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