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|Address:||21-22 Warwick Street, London W1B 5NE|
|Tel:||020 7494 9584|
|Price: £65.00||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|
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I have recently been able to visit Nopi both for lunch and dinner and had mixed experiences. Its certainly extremely well designed to be a very relaxed and cool interior. The food itself definitely has the Ottolenghi influence – largish tapas style meals where you are recommended to have approx 3 dishes each. These range from £8-£12 each so it isnt cheap. Service is excellent and staff are very informative and friendly.
You are given free still and sparkling water plus bread and butternut squash type humous and bread which was lovely. I was told this is only available at dinner though. As for mains, well you order various dishes and share. The outstanding dish for me was the roasted lamb cutlets, pistachio pesto and mastic cream. Melt in the mouth and easily something i could have each and every time i may return. I also had the twice cooked chicken and the sirloin of beef but nothing special, just well presented. My friends had the prawn dish and loved that. Other memorable dishes were the burrata which was like a large mozarella ball with blood orange and coriander seeds. I enjoyed this alongside the Japanese aubergine but can imagine id have to have something meaty with it! Puddingwise i had the hazlenut ice cream (£6.50) but it wasnt anything more special than ice cream ive had in any of the pop up parlours which seem to have arisen in Soho recently so next time id save my money and avoid pudding.
Downsides were that my friend found the buratta underseasoned and bland. Also, ive heard from other diners that the menu rarely changes so not a huge variety if they expect repeat visits. Finally – hugely expensive. Three dishes plus one pudding was £50 and this was excluding drinks.
Id certainly go again if the lamb was on the menu but i wont be rushing back as again i think there are so many places in central London that i feel are worth trying out. As for the food, some dishes are very good but I think youd get better value in one of the Ottolenghi branches themselves – and a much bigger selection on offer.