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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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For all the exuberance and heritage in the mix of middle eastern cultures expected of the Ottolenghi duo, Nopi is sleek and slinky, and understatedly stylish.
We sat at the end of the bar, which quite fun and cosy as a couple.
Most of the dishes play with middle eastern tilt (amongst our selection: french beans, smoked wheat, tahini lemon dressing / burrata, blood orange, coriander seeds) and it most definitely works in the mix of flavours and ingredients. The Spiced gurnard wrapped in banana leaf, pineapple sambal was divine, make sure you have enough not-to-need-to-share. The wine, we had a Sardignian wine from the less well known selection, somehow finished disproprortionally fast.
The portions however are minimalistic, bigger than tapas but smaller than a starter and I could not help feeling gluttonous ordering three dishes and desert (Vanilla rice pudding, roasted pistachio, rose) and then left still hungry. Incidentally, I am not sure if it was the wine, but I am sure the rice pudding bowl had a convex bottom implying a bigger portion than was present.
Value for money it is not. Maybe the trick is to have a big lunch before going for dinner. Or even better, to corporate expense the outing. But delicious it was with an atmosphere between Soho cool and Mayfair chic.