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Silver Award

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. Find the culinary hotspot in Soho offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and pre- and post-theatre menus.

Nopi’s menu is seasonal and celebrates those bold flavours in its colourful dishes, while keeping health in mind. To go alongside its menu is an extensive wine list and a whole host of classic and Nopi-themed cocktails. These signature cocktails also pick up on the kitchen's eclectic ingredients, such as the Mumbai Slap: rum mixed with an Asian herb called pandan, ginger, lime, and the kickers, curry syrup and green chilli jam.

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.

The desserts are fuss-free but still incorporate Nopi’s character. Tuck into the cantaloupe sorbet with elderflower liqueur or yuzu caramels with black sesame and salt. Ramp up the traditional ganache with Nopi’s take: a baked chocolate ganache resting upon plum soil and a swig of orange oil. Round it off with dessert wine or an after-dinner cocktail, including the Banana White Chocolate featuring tonka bean, white chocolate liqueur and white rum.

Some bemoan high prices and petite portions, but most reckon that Nopi is "worth every penny", because where else can you find unique dishes like a black rice and coconut milk porridge with banana and mango for breakfast?

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Fusion, Mediterranean
Ambience
Cool, Lively, Romantic
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast
Special Features
Chef’s table, Counter dining
People
Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions

Location for Nopi

21-22 Warwick Street, Soho, London, W1B 5NE

020 7494 9584

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Opening Times

Breakfast
Mon 08:00-11:30
Tue 08:00-11:30
Wed 08:00-11:30
Thu 08:00-11:30
Fri 08:00-11:30
Sat 10:00-11:30
Sun 10:00-11:30
Lunch
Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-17:30
Sat 12:00-17:30
Sun 12:00-16:00
Dinner
Mon 17:30-22:30
Tue 17:30-22:30
Wed 17:30-22:30
Thu 17:30-22:30
Fri 17:30-22:30
Sat 17:30-22:30
Sun Closed

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Mr. Alex G

So good, it’s hard knowing what not to eat
25 November 2019  

With half a dozen restaurants and a similar number of books to his name, as well as a regular newspaper column, superstars in the culinary world don’t come much bigger than Yotam Ottolenghi. He has arguably done more to change eating habits in London over the last decade than any other figure, making the fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food mainstream. Nopi, his relatively upscale Soho venture, hits all the spots in terms of both vibe and food.

If first impressions count, then the image at Nopi is certainly memorable. Large bowls of gleaming salads sit within sight but frustratingly out of touch, visible from the front-of-house desk. Once over the threshold, upstairs is full of light while downstairs offers the option of viewing the chefs at work in their open kitchen, albeit from large communal tables. The menu emphasises relative brevity (eight vegetable options, three fish and three meat – all meant for sharing) and changes regularly, generally with a nod to seasonal ingredients. Our server suggested that we should each order between two and three dishes. The biggest problem at Nopi is choosing what not to have. Everything sounded so exciting, artfully combining flavour and texture. Based on what we did eat, there would be every reason to return; I want to sample everything!

Roasted aubergine, tamarind yoghurt, preserved lemon and cashews perhaps gives the best insight into the Ottolenghi approach. None of the ingredients is that obscure – at least not if you’re a foodie – but it’s the combination that really does it. The smoke from the aubergine complements the rich bitter-sweet notes of both the tamarind and the preserved lemon. It looks a dream too. More plaudits for the other dishes, with a combination of chickpeas, butternut squash, sundried tomatoes, mint, sumac and feta being another notable stand-out. With vegetables this good, the one meat option we sampled – a mutton shawarma – was almost a relative disappointment, albeit from a high bar. No complaints either in terms of service. Pricing, while by no means a bargain, seemed fair given the experience. Go here, eat and opine about Ottolenghi.

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Sienna L

Lovely as always
12 November 2018  
I have been to Nopi many times in the last few years and I have never been disappointed. Every dish from starter through to dessert to drinks is faultless. The menu is inventive with a wide variety of options for all diet types. Will definitely keep coming back!
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Ms/Mrs. Lynn W

Smart cafe
25 October 2015  
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 great to have so many choices that happen to be meat free and really good to eat. For the main course we both chose fish - cleverly boned whole seabass stuffed with spring greens and Calabrese peppers, and a buttery lemon sole, with sweet salted grapes and sharp verjus. These were both excellent. But neither of us felt like staying for dessert - the staff were friendly, the food very good, but the white tiles on the wall, hard floors and clattery house music did not make it a place to linger. We both felt it was more like a smart cafe than a restaurant, fine as it is and great if you want to be done and out in about an hour.
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Ms/Mrs. Fang-Fang L

02 August 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 no other reports of any adverse reaction. Also if it would have been food poisoning it will take at least 4 to 5 hours before you would react to it. I hope you are feeling better and wish you all the best” Needless to say we won't be returning after such a dismissive response.
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Ms/Mrs. Nina K

02 May 2014  
Lovely food, but a bit over priced. The service was so slow our 2 hour slot was up and they kicked us out before we could have pudding.
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Ms/Mrs. Monika S

Posh deli food?
05 November 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 of very attractive salads (posh buffet style). The service was a little sharp, not oozing with family hospitality, which I was for some reason expecting. The good looking menu has small and larger sharing dishes with zingy, mouth watering combinations such as duck with hazelnut butter, roast sweet potatoes with figs and cheese and truffled polenta, yum. We had the twice cooked baby chicken with chilli and salt, which was light, crispy and flavoured with eastern promise. We ordered it twice. The polenta chips were a little solid but there was some fab moreish chilli sauce. All the dishes are vibrant in colour and have a fresh, zesty, light feel, that cleverly whisks one away to that feeling of grazing at a gourmet barbecue in the soaking med sun. Unfortunately, we both had all-consuming colds, so could not fully enjoy the subtle flavouring and wizardry of Yotam. I was slightly underwhelmed, maybe the cuisine is better off in a posh deli rather than a high end, flashy restaurant. Prices are not cheap and add up with extra small dishes. However, I would go again, maybe when my tastebuds are revving up again and the desire for Eastern delights beckons .
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Ms/Mrs. Alice H

Poor cancellation policy (AMENDED)
18 October 2013  
PLEASE NOTE: the team rectified our problem within a day, I would be happy to re-book!
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Mr. Omar H

In the event of a crash landing, adopt the brace position
15 June 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 the roasted aubergine with burnt butter and tzatziki – remarkably dull in both name and nature and saved only by a few nuts and pomegranate seeds – failed to live up to Nopi’s promise as a distinctive eatery. In contrast to the highly variable starters, the mains were unanimously average. The mushrooms on the side are the best thing about the sirloin steak, which is otherwise lacking in flavour, and, dare I say it, salt. Your critic’s last restaurant meal– a highly recommended and delicious slice of cow at New Street Grill – most likely ruined it for him. The lemon sole with burnt butter and nori is like breakfast from Tuesday three weeks ago: edible, appreciated, but very easily forgotten. Desert was breakfast from Wednesday three weeks ago: like the lemon sole but eaten afterwards. The popcorn ice cream was literally a scoop of (high quality) dairy ice cream with a dozen spicy toffee popped corn kernels served next to it in a side dish. Pleasant, but anticlimactic. The logic behind the choice – it might be an ingenious fusion dish impossible to experience elsewhere and unlike the blackcurrant sorbet, is unavailable in a tub from Waitrose – failed. The lychee Eton mess was better, but the novelty of using an ‘unusual’ tropical fruit did not pack enough of a punch to counter the unforgettable version of the dish on offer at Bibigo, a Korean restaurant in Soho. Some of the starters should be mains and some of the mains are thoroughly middling. Do you get what you pay for? Only if it goes on the company card, which in this case, it did.
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Mr. Tim Z

01 February 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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Mr. Theodore L

18 December 2012  
Pleasant, casual atmosphere,efficient and helpful staff, very good quality and interesting food! Keep it up!
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