‘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.
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