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50 Artillery Lane
Yotam Ottolenghi took London by storm a few years ago when he opened his first restaurant-cum-deli in Islington, and even now that he’s onto his fifth site, the storm shows now sign of abating, rather, it seems to be getting stronger – this is almost an empire now. But given the style of these places, where diners are faced with a mouthwatering counter of food, including beautifully presented salads and lip-chewing cakes, as they arrive, we’re not really surprised. There have been many imitators of the style but the original is still the best – lucky Spitalfields, then, to be the home of the latest in the line. The vibrant colours and flavours of the Medierranean and the spices of the Middle East are a truly winning combination, delivering flavourful, healthy and fun food, enjoyed by City workers and ladies who lunch alike.
50 Artillery Lane
Liverpool Street Tube Station 281m
Aldgate East Tube Station 419m
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Food + drink: 4
Having visited the Spitalfields area on many occasions we've often walked passed Ottolenghi's and thought to ourselves we must try it one day. When we booked you see that there's a Two hour turnaround on the table which we thought was fine but the day before when you get a reminder from Opentable the message from the restaurant says that the turnaround is now 90 minutes which we thought is a touch quick but anyway we wanted to give the place a try so off we went. As you enter you get a good feeling that your going to have a nice time as the welcome is friendly and there is a nice atmosphere. Once seated we started with a cocktail before asking the waiter about the menu. This is set out in three sections the kitchen which are the hot main courses , the counter which are cold courses and the salad section. With the top two sections you get a choice of two salads. With this we then started to realise why the turnaround was a little quick because it really is only a Two Course meal. The staff were very friendly and helpful telling us you could go and look at the salads before making your choice. From the kitchen menu I ordered the Beef & Lamb Kofte together with my choice of salads the Sweet Potato with miso & lime tofu and the Basmati & Red Rice with mango & papaya. We also chose the Fried Sardines and two salads of Roasted Aubergine & Chargrilled Broccoli. Now this is where our mixed feelings start because when our food arrived it looked amazing and in fact was delicious the thing is I would hardly call three small kofte's and three sardines main courses more a starter portion and the salads just seemed to be on large spoonful of each which really was a shame. Anyway we really did enjoy what we had. The other thing was that although the staff are friendly you feel there walking around looking to see if you were finished which is why we felt a bit rushed especially when you notice the couple seated next to us the gentleman had put his cutlery down because he was chatting to his partner and two waiters approached to ask if he'd finished when it was very clear he hadn't. It seemed they were very keen to turnaround as many tables as they could Once we'd finished we was asked if we'd like dessert to which again you could go and choose because some of the desserts were not on the menu and they did look very appetising. We decided on the Apple & Sultana cake with Maple Syrup cream & the Carrot & Walnut cake and both were amazing. At the same time we ordered a coffee and a mint tea The strange thing was our tea & coffee arrived first and by the time we'd finished desserts our drinks were cold. So that brought us to the end of our lunch which was all over in under an hour and also when you've paid £93 for two cocktails , two starter sized mains two small salads each and two desserts I don't think it was great value for money either. I think a better idea would be to price each dish individually allowing you to choose from the entire menu and therefore try as many dishes you liked. I would say that this place is ideal for a quick lunch but for a relaxing meal then perhaps not
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