1 August 2014

Nopione star

21-22 Warwick Street, London W1B 5NE

£65.00 Fusion , Mediterranean Portland Street, Regent Street

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  • Wine: £23.00
  • Champagne: £45.00
  • 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

Square Meal Review of Nopi ?

‘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’.

Wine List Of The Year Finalist

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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  1. Nopi

    21-22 Warwick Street, London W1B 5NE
    Overall rating:
    CrumpEats H.
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
    Editor's pick

    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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    21-22 Warwick Street, London W1B 5NE
    Overall rating:
    Sara Bean

    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 8

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 27th 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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  2. Published : Tuesday, 21st 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 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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  3. Published : Saturday, 14th 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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  4. Published : Wednesday, 13th November 2013

    Munch My Way :: Nopi, Piccadilly

    Home 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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  5. Published : Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    The Little Brown Book :: Nopi

    Stylish Simplicity.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.Nopi exudes a certain elegance and comfort yet with a relaxing simplicity which envelopes you as soon as you step foot through the door. Predictably, the first thing I noticed was this fabulous golden leaf lamp shade. So golden, so necessary for my house.  Lining the shelf behind the reception desk were the Ottolenghi bibles, already firmly placed in my cookery book collection.We were led over to our table and sat down on some of the most comfortable restaurant chairs I have ever experienced.Opposite, chefs were busy at work in the kitchen while the lamps had me more intrigued than was probably necessary. I have somewhat unconsciously gained a greater appreciation of light fittings which appear to have become a significant stand-out element of anywhere I visit. These were of no exception and cast a romantic glow while appearing to hover above the tables.As much as I can go on about the lights, I must apologise for the fuzzy photos. My inconspicuous little phone wasn't quite prepared to deal with the atmospheric glow and began to feel the pressure at times. I had a similar attraction to the napkin rings as I do to most golden objects (magpie alert) and have added another object to my 'for when I can have special dinner ware' list. Very much looking forward to that day!Bread and another candle arrived and I hopped over to the salad table where Ottolenghi's classic salads were piled up and ready to serve.Deliciously smooth aubergine with pickled cucumber and a yoghurty sauce had my full attention. The colours and textures complimented each other perfectly, with hints of dill and mint peeping through just the right amount. Crunchy green beans were tossed with peppers and almonds. We weren't prepared to avoid this either!Finally, presented on a large, sparkling turquoise plate was the squash and what I like to call icing on the extremely healthy cake.Warm polenta chips arrived with a spicy tomato dipping sauce and were like no other chips I have experienced. The inside was light and fluffy, while the breaded exterior held them together just enough.We also went for duck breast and pink quinoa on an orangy swish. Tender and succulent with a deliciously crisp skin.  To our delight, the waiter arrived at the table and asked if we would like an aromatic fish dish as the kitchen had made an extra one by accident. Of course we weren't going to refuse such an offer and apart from the fish being absolutely delicious, it was a little touch that raised Nopi even further in my estimations than it already was. (Like I said, a little imagination should be initiated when looking at the photo)!  No visit would be complete without a trip to check out the facilities and here is where I became incredibly entertained. Mirrors which multiplied me to infinity surrounded the sink and I felt as though I had fallen into Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Just incase there was any confusion, a helpful little sign directed you back up the rabbit hole.Arriving back at my seat, dessert occurred. What an occurrence. This was a truly inventive and perfect end to a sumptuous meal (my adjective ridden language is really the only way I can convey the sheer length of my enjoyment)! Warm pecan muffins with an alcohol hinted coffee frijante for dipping was comforting while remaining light, and the boozy sauce added the je ne sais quoi which all desserts should aim for.As is probably obvious, I can't recommend Nopi enough. While the sharing dishes are quite small, we ordered 4, (were given 1 extra) and a side of chips after which dessert was a delight but not a necessity. For more masculine appetites, I'd suggest ordering 6 dishes but a 'see how you go' attitude seemed very appropriate.I'd love to hear from you if Nopi has made it onto your list or if you have already visited, if only to gush about the wondrousness of it all.Bon appétit et merci maman.  
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  6. 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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  7. Published : Friday, 30th 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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