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Aimed higher than his eponymous deli/café chain, Yottam Ottolenghi's "gleaming" spin-off hits its target with ease: the cream-coloured ground floor is a serene space artfully decorated with white tiles, polished marble and brass fittings, while downstairs offers large communal tables and an open kitchen. However, readers save most praise for Nopi's "exquisite", "healthy" and supremely tasty food: raw cauliflower is paired with sprouts, nectarines and Gorgonzola, sea trout gets a global makeover with koji rice, watercress pesto and labneh, while beef short-rib keeps more familiar company with smoked beer glaze and horseradish. Whether you're sharing dishes or going it alone with one of the more expensive mains, it's all about creativity and depth of flavour. Signature cocktails also pick up on the kitchen's eclectic ingredients. Some bemoan high prices and petite portions, but most reckon that Nopi is "worth every penny".

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Nopi

21-22 Warwick Street ,London W1B 5NE

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Smart cafe

by   platinum reviewer (85)

Oct 2015

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Editor's pick We were welcomed to the restaurant and seated upstairs, and a charming waitress brought us water and wine. Crusty sourdough came with good olive oil, and we started with a selection of small plates to share - soft roast aubergine, with black garlic and crunchy toasted broad beans, lightly spiced chickpeas with butternut squash and feta, and hot freshly cooked courgette and manouri fritters with cardamom yoghurt. All these were very good and we tucked in, enjoying the flavours and textures. It's...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 7

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Nopi

21-22 Warwick Street ,London W1B 5NE

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Aug 2014

I went to Nopi for a friend's birthday meal. Lovely food and gorgeous setting. We were both ill soon afterwards. Nopi wrote back: “We checked all NOPI daily HACCP records from Saturday and we are sure our food, including the fish and scallops served to you and your partner were safe for consumption. All necessary controls were in place, quality and temperature alike. Additionally, during dinner service of your visit to NOPI we served a high number of every single dish you consumed and received...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 4

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Nopi

21-22 Warwick Street ,London W1B 5NE

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Posh deli food?

by   platinum reviewer (51)

Nov 2013

I am a big fan of all things Ottolenghi. I dream about creating his fabulous med inspired rustic dishes in the Guardian, but time and sourcing mysterious ingredients are always a problem. So, I was pleased as punch, when I found out about his latest flashy restaurant in easily accessible Soho. I brought one of my fave girly luncheon partners and off we went. The restaurant itself is glossy in a posh souk way with white tiled walls, eastern golden fittings and a grand display of large white bowls...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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In the event of a crash landing, adopt the brace position

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Jun 2013

With a fascinating Fusion-Med menu, the dishes on offer at Nopi are likely to catch the attention of most diners looking to try something out of the ordinary. The starters, more accurately described as gourmet tapas, are hit and miss. Some, like the duck breast with red quinoa and hazelnut beer butter, the scallops with sea spaghetti shiitake, and the baked cod with squid ink are as they should be: short, sweet and delicious. Others, like the twice-cooked baby chicken – dry and disappointing – or...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 5

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21-22 Warwick Street ,London W1B 5NE

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by   platinum reviewer (107)

Feb 2013

Very laid-back and easy-going atmosphere at this modern Middle-Eastern influenced restaurant (but it's not Middle Eastern in any traditional Kebab type sense at all). Very fresh ingredients and most dishes have a light touch to them. Personal and attentive service.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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21-22 Warwick Street ,London W1B 5NE

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by   platinum reviewer (163)

Jun 2012

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...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 5

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21-22 Warwick Street ,London W1B 5NE

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by   bronze reviewer (6)

Jun 2012

We were there early for dinner as we were shooting off for a gig and so had originally booked downstairs at the communal tables. At this time it felt a bit like being on the naughty step and so they were very accomodating and moved us upstairs. Our waitress was fabulous, making the meal even nicer. It is a slight confusing mixture of smallish sharing plates, with sides and mains to choose from. I would recommend the sharing plates to get a taste of everything. This place is especially good if you...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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    Yotam Ottolenghi – whether you’re into London dining, love to cook, or even watched the chef grace your TV, his name is one that is familiar to most.

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    Nopi is a London institution – it has been around for a while and it is the sit-down version of Ottolenghi’s casual grab and go outposts. I like Ottolenghi. His food is tasty (though usually overpriced) but I had never tried Nopi.

    My mother was visiting from Brazil, and she said that the one thing she wanted to do was to go back to Palomar, as she loved it when she was here last time.
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    Front of house can make or break a restaurant. A cheery welcome wins hearts, but not this time on going into NOPI. Much lauded for its food and founders’ back story, the Soho outpost is a busy, shiny shrine five years on – and you still need to make a reservation. So we did.
    Tellingly their website reports “salads greet customers as they arrive” – and I’d rather a friendly lettuce than the reception we got from a slinky blonde, beautifully lit in the ice-cold blue of the reservations screen. A blank ‘computer says no’ look and we’re lined up against the white-tiled wall pending our fate.
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    Nopi opened in Soho in 2010 to a great reception, and rightly so. It was an extension of the Ottolenghi chain of delis by Yotam Ottolenghi who is famous for his uniquely innovative blend of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian cooking. Nopi gave Ottolenghi a presence in Soho, but it also made his delightful food accessible to a wilder audience.
    I visited Nopi in June 2011, several months after it opened and loved it (you can read that post here). Little has changed in terms of the restaurant’s d&cor or design. Nopi is split over two floors. The ground floor is white throughout with individualised tables, and...
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Yotam Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi made his name with a string of self-titled, upmarket delis, but this all-day eatery is the gold-tinted scene-stealer of the family. Clad in tasteful white tiles with lots of copper and marble, the bright dining room is populated by calm and collected staff who are dedicated to serving a moneyed but casual crowd. Breakfast might bring smoky shakshuka or corn and polenta cakes with avocado salsa, while flavours from around the world also pepper proceedings later in the day: wholesome chickpea pancakes are brightened with a zesty yuzu and tomato salad, burrata is enlivened with chunks of Japanese miyagawa satsuma and lavender honey, while Manouri cheese and courgette fritters gain fragrance from cardamom yoghurt. The menu prioritises vegetarians, but meat-eaters are ably catered for via, say, fleshy strips of pork belly daubed with creamy butternut squash. Ottolenghi is also a dab hand when it comes to pastries and desserts. “Excellent food, excellent value, excellent service” sums it up.

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