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You don’t have to be a Guardian reader to have a thing for Yotam Ottolenghi, master of swoon-worthy Middle Eastern and Asian flavours. This gorgeous spin-off from his Ottolenghi deli chain serves myriad obscure ingredients in the “zingy, mouth-watering combinations” that have become his trademark. Glossy “in a posh souk way”, the gleaming all-day brasserie is done out in shades of white and gold – rather like the cover of Yotam’s cookbook Plenty. Sharing is encouraged, bills can add up and not every dish works, but there is much to rave about as “wild flavours” jostle for attention: shakshuka (brunch only); twice-cooked chicken with lemon, myrtle salt and chilli; burrata with blood orange and coriander seeds; Valdéon cheesecake with pickled beetroot and thyme honey. ‘Natural’, ‘orange’ and ‘volcanic’ tipples all show up on the thinking person’s wine list.


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  1. Published : Tuesday, 27 May 2014

    London Grump :: Nopi, Piccadilly

    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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  1. 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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  1. Published : Tuesday, 21 January 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: NOPI

    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...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 13 November 2013

    Munch My Way :: Nopi, Piccadilly

    Nopi 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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  1. Published : Saturday, 14 December 2013

    FoodiesOnTheProwl FoodiesOnTheProwl :: NOPI, Dec 2013

    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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  1. Published : Friday, 30 September 2011

    The Gluten Free Foodie :: Nopi: Ottolenghi I

    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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  1. Published : Wednesday, 30 October 2013

    The Little Brown Book :: Nopi

    It's happened again. The team behind Ottolenghi have produced another gem and helped my taste buds maintain a level of refinement that my budget is finding harder and harder to comprehend.

    Anyway, welcome to Nopi...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 29 August 2013

    vialaporte :: NOPI // Soho // London

    Ottolenghi is one of the best delicatessens to go to for fresh, healthy and eclectic dishes from different Mediterranean cuisines. And recently, driven by his philosophy of sharing experiences, Mr. Ottolenghi has opened his first restaurant: NOPI.

    As soon as you pass through the doors, you feel like you’re in a clean and bright kitchen. A counter at the entrance is covered with superb freshly baked loaves and enormous plates of the daily dipping pre-prandial dishes like hummus or aubergine caviar. It’s an inviting touch that makes you feel right at home...
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  1. Nopi opened in Soho in 2010 to a great reception, and rightly so. It was an extension of the Ottolenghi chain of delis by Yotam Ottolenghi who is famous for his uniquely innovative blend of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian cooking. Nopi gave Ottolenghi a presence in Soho, but it also made his delightful food accessible to a wilder audience.
    I visited Nopi in June 2011, several months after it opened and loved it (you can read that post here). Little has changed in terms of the restaurant’s décor or design. Nopi is split over two floors. The ground floor is white throughout with individualised tables, and...
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  1. Yotam Ottolenghi – whether you’re into London dining, love to cook, or even watched the chef grace your TV, his name is one that is familiar to most.

    Being a huge fan of mediterranean cuisine and also having my sister in town, it was no surprise that NOPI cropped up on our agenda with one of his most central London restaurant locations as the destination; Soho...
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Yotam Ottolenghi

The darling of the chattering classes, Israeli chef (and qualified pilates instructor) Yotam Ottolenghi is best known for his veggie-biased Guardian column and his hugely popular Middle Eastern cookbooks. He came to London in 1997 to do a PhD, but was distracted by a Cordon Bleu cookery course that eventually led to Kensington Place, Baker & Spice and his own restaurant/deli group, Ottolenghi. His higher end offering, Nopi, followed in 2011.

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  • Address: 21-22 Warwick Street, London W1B 5NE
  • Telephone: 020 7494 9584
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-2.45pm 5.30-10.15pm Sat 10-11.30am 12N-5.30pm 5.30-10.15pm Sun 10am-4pm

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