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Armed with one of Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbooks & a daunting shopping list of esoteric ingredients, you could try your hand at any of the dishes on offer in his highly desirable cafés. But why
would you, when it would mean missing out on the visuals? The chic, all-white interiors & counters loaded with salads, savouries, cakes & oversized meringues – heck, even the queues – are
as much a part of the experience as the food. Not that the zingy, eclectic flavours ever disappoint. Ottolenghi’s distinctive cuisine sans frontières makes for a melting-pot menu that might feature
Indian roasted aubergine with turmeric yoghurt, Middle Eastern lamb kofta with manouri, pistachio & saffron yoghurt, or a Franco-Italian wild mushroom quiche with pecorino. Brunch & dinner
menus are available at Islington only.
Upper Street and more generally Angel is one of those places where choosing a restaurant is made difficult by the sheer number of options. The dilemma is, does it follow that busy restaurants serve great food? Perhaps not, but there is one place where this is certainly the case; Ottolenghi.Opened as a delicatessen, there is a long communal table and a couple of smaller ones. With amazing displays of cakes and pastries in the window, it won’t take much for you to be drawn inside to check-out what other goodies lurk within. Once inside, you won’t be disappointed. Ottolenghi’s counter is jammed full of platters, covered with appetizing, colourful salads, made with combinations of vegetables, nuts, herbs and dressings that you could never dream-up. The vegetarian food is so good that despite the plates of seared tuna and grilled lemon thyme organic chicken, you may even think about becoming a vegetarian – for an afternoon...
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Ottolenghi Islington is located on a main culinary road in Islington called Upper street (for instance, it’s more or less opposite of John Salt). The interior is similar to that of NOPI (sleek, white and clean), but Ottolenghi Islington is smaller in size. Another difference with NOPI is that the dessert menu at Ottolenghi Islington is much larger than NOPI’s, because of the patisserie that is situated in front corner of the restaurant (many people come in to order take away desserts). Guests are either seated on the long dining table shared with other guests or on the smaller, more intimate tables alongside the long dining table...
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