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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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Like Joey from Friends, I don't like sharing food. But sometimes greediness dictates perversely that you should and this applies in places like NOPI where you are encouraged to order 3 dishes per head, racking up a whopping 12 savouring opportunities if you include dessert (which, of course, you do) when dining in a threesome. There were detailed descriptions from our charming waiter of the efforts taken in the food prep and the subtleties this would impart, but for the most part I found the cooking either heavy handed, like the rather garlicked aubergine and overly spiced gurnard, or underwhelming, as in the case of the Romano peppers which were fine (but £9 worth of fine? No). Cheese stuffed courgette flowers were delicious, but I'm becoming bored of writing that; it has applied to every tapas I've been to recently. Maybe our taste buds were tainted by the frankly unpleasant Riesling from Slovenia (an adventurous mistake I won't repeat again) as once we switched to the much more quaffable Spanish Rioja things started to look up, and we finished the mains with a deliciously salty Presa Iberica. The atmosphere downstairs on the communal tables is great: with the open kitchen at one end and racks of supplies along one side it feels a bit like you're in the kitchen at a chef's house, albeit a house with the most extraordinary toilets you've ever seen (like the Hotel California, it is difficult to leave). I confess I was slightly disappointed with my second visit here, but this could be put down in part to the fact that I was picking up the bill and I didn't feel I'd consumed £255 of gastronomic oomph. We hadn't held back, having between us scoffed 3 cocktails, 9 mains, 3 desserts, 2 bottles of wine, 2 digestifs and a tea; but you won't come out with much change from £50 even if you exercise restraint. Still, I won't let it put me off returning (if nothing else for the delicious financiers dessert). Only next time, we're splitting the bill 3 ways.