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‘A gently thrumming oasis in manic Soho’, Yotam Ottolenghi’s flagship gives fans of his café chain the chance to sample sophisticated small plates in a ‘discreetly indulgent’ setting of shiny
white-tiled walls, burnished gold fixtures and polished marble floors. His eclectic menu deals in Med-influenced fusion food, and the clean, fresh and healthy approach keeps flesh eaters as well as
veggies interested. Results can be mixed, but they are never dull: highlights range from prettily presented five-spice tofu with braised aubergine, tomato and cardamom passata or char-grilled
octopus with salmorejo sauce and crisp morsels of morcilla to sweetly spiced rabbit pastilla. Desserts such as lychee Eton mess also wow, and there‘s plenty to grab curious oenophiles on the
engaging wine list. An easy-going vibe and personal service keep things affable, although prices ‘demand the company card’.
With fewer than 100 wines, this list is a great example of clarity and concision. But it’s also intriguing, with sub-categories like ‘Black Gold’ (Pinot Noir), ‘Volcanic Wines’ and ‘Going Natural’. Oh, and there are even three sakés.
Nopi is allegedly named after its location, just North of Piccadilly. It’s the latest (and maybe greatest) restaurant from the now fairly famous Israeli Chef Yotam Ottolenghi, a chap known for the vibrancy of his food, and big, bold flavours.Inside it’s all glitz and glamour and polished gold accents, with blinding white tiles completing the look. Undoubtedly an absolute nightmare for their poor cleaners...
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I am predisposed to like NOPI. Partly because it’s on the site of the Sugar Club, of blessed memory and partly because I have a soft spot for all things Ottolenghi. And for all you young things out there, Sugar Club was, for me the food sensation of the mid 1990′s. It’s a combination of Middle-eastern and Asian, with modern, voguish ingredients, a decent wine list and strong flavours.This is the grown-up side of the café that is Ottolenghi...
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Having recently experienced the seasonal deli delights of Ottolenghi's in Islington, I was very excited to hear about the opening of his more formal restaurant, though they call it a brassiere, Nopi.What a beautiful place. It reminded me of a greek toga. All white with little gold trimmings. So peaceful, calming and luxurious, this would come pretty close to what a brasserie in heaven would look like. I was presented with a gluten free menu (white with a touch of gold, naturally), with that day's menu on...
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NOPI is what you might imagine the light at the end of the tunnel to lead to, a heavenly waiting room of sorts. Pure white walls are diffused in a golden glow, such that the overall feeling is of a floating space unencumbered by hard lines and corners. Bars are marble topped, fittings are brass, and tables are neatly laid with white paper covers – the stage is set.A blank canvas is the ideal backdrop for owners/chefs Ottolenghi and Tamimi to showcase their hybrid cuisine. Both chefs grew up on opposite sides of Jerusalem, one on the Jewish west side, and the other on the Palestinian east. It is in London that they discovered their common ground, joining sides to create food rich with the myriad flavours of the Middle East, Mediterranean and Asia...
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What is on offer: Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the most respected chefs in London and NOPI showcases his creativity, eye for detail and impeccable sense of flavour combinations. The service was a bit slow when we visited (20 mins wait between dishes), but still overall a very enjoyable experience...
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HomeNopi is owned by celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi… Here the food is inspired by his roots where the main food is inspired by the mediterranean region and the middle east.This time I want to experience his all day, I would say flagship, restaurant.. Today I’m here for breakfast, so then let see how it goes…
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