Ottolenghi Islington

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Armed with one of Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbooks & a daunting shopping list of esoteric ingredients, you could try your hand at any of the dishes on offer in his highly desirable cafés. But why would you, when it would mean missing out on the visuals? The chic, all-white interiors & counters loaded with salads, savouries, cakes & oversized meringues – heck, even the queues – are as much a part of the experience as the food. Not that the zingy, eclectic flavours ever disappoint. Ottolenghi’s distinctive cuisine sans frontières makes for a melting-pot menu that might feature Indian roasted aubergine with turmeric yoghurt, Middle Eastern lamb kofta with manouri, pistachio & saffron yoghurt, or a Franco-Italian wild mushroom quiche with pecorino. Brunch & dinner menus are available at Islington only.

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Ottolenghi Islington

287 Upper Street ,London N1 2TZ

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Ottolenghi for the first time

by   silver reviewer (21)

Jan 2015

Ottolenghi were very helpful in booking us bar spaces, as the table we had booked was for 9.00 rather that 7.00 and they were already fully booked for that evening! Once settled at the bar with a fortifying drink we had a surprisingly tasty meal. Ingredients were familiar but served with a spicy twist. Even thought we were served tapas style portions we still managed to overeat - a lesson for a future visit. This was definitely high-end dining and the prices reflected this, but was finally...

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Dorian A.'s rating

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

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Ottolenghi Islington

287 Upper Street ,London N1 2TZ

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kind-of a healthy fast-food chain look

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May 2013

Didn't have to wait too long to be seated, and although there was some confusion with the waitress on the champagne we were ordering, we did finally get it. A confusing amount of floor-staff and wasn't so keen on the decor. It was kind-of a healthy fast-food chain look. I have to say that the visual food displays and book display whilst waiting were wonderful, and I did want to purchase everything. They did ask if we wanted bread when we ordered, yes we did, the bread arrived and so did our order....

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

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Ottolenghi Islington

287 Upper Street ,London N1 2TZ

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by   (3)

Mar 2012

Sitting in this place reminded me of the Emperor's new Clothes. People pretending oh this is all wonderful wonderful because it's the ‘in thing’ to like noveau cuisine restaurants when infact they come out starving, having handed over a large sum of money but yet still they pretend it's all wonderful because they don't want to be seen as the person moaning about the ‘fantastic new chef in town’. Back to reality – what you get in Ottolenghi is miniscule sized food – the 3 ‘courses’ put together...

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Ilana V.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 1

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287 Upper Street ,London N1 2TZ

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by   bronze reviewer (5)

May 2010

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I arrived at Ottolenghi full of anticipation after strong recommendations. Undeniably the food is good. Interesting flavours and textures blended with fresh, high quality ingredients. However, a good experience needs more than good food, especially at the prices charged here. The menu is broken down between food from the counter (about £8) and food from the kitchen (from about £10). They are starter size and you do need 3 portions to not leave hungry. I had to be out of there in 50 mins, which...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 4

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287 Upper Street ,London N1 2TZ

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by   (1)

Apr 2010

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

They do lovely cakes and salads – shame about the service, which is just unpredictable. I often have to think twice about going in because I'm not so sure what I'm going to get when I arrive…nice friendly service or confused, slow and rude. I've had both but mainly confused and slow. I'd rather pop across the street and be treated nicely.

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 3

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287 Upper Street ,London N1 2TZ

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Nov 2008

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

At first I was a bit uncomfortable (it's not like we had to wait for a table, 5 minutes later and we really really would have). Was it the stack of yummy mummies parading through the place, catching ones eyes? I don't know, I was meeting an old school friend for lunch and we'd normally be happy with a cheese sanie… Once sat down there was a lot of fun to be had though. The menu, packed with special flavours and combinations, made me chuckle. Its variety and interest made me think, “I want to eat...

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

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    The Swindian :: Ottolenghi - fresh and fabulous flavours

    Yotam Ottolenghi has become a household name, at least in Britain, with cookbooks and restaurants galore, all featuring a multitude of fresh flavours. I first stumbled across his beautiful food on Instagram, before eating at the Spittalfields branch last year. Recently, a friend of mine cooked me his chickpea dish, and a few weeks ago, I spent a large part of my Sunday in the Islington branch. And I simply can’t get enough! My recent trip to Israel awakened a new culinary part of my brain, and Yotam is satisfying it to a very high degree…
    The flavours are incredibly fresh, and the prices surprisingly reasonable....
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Yotam Ottolenghi

The darling of the chattering classes, Israeli chef (and qualified pilates instructor) Yotam Ottolenghi is best known for his veggie-biased Guardian column and his hugely popular Middle Eastern cookbooks. He came to London in 1997 to do a PhD, but was distracted by a Cordon Bleu cookery course that eventually led to Kensington Place, Baker & Spice and his own restaurant/deli group, Ottolenghi. His higher end offering, Nopi, followed in 2011.

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