Found on Marylebone Lane, this offshoot of Yotam Ottolenghi’s deli chain (there are several sites around the capital) is the chef’s most central yet, serving up the usual mix of pastries, daily changing salads, mains and signature cakes baked in house.
Long-time collaborator Alex Meitlis is behind the design of the space, which feels light, airy and impossibly chic. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Marylebone Lane flood the space with natural light and allow passers by to ogle the freshly baked goods on display, while inside you will find travertine floors, pippy oak fittings and a large central Amazonian table which guests can perch at to enjoy a coffee or meal. Signature Ottolenghi interior features are present and correct too, including gorgeous floral arrangements and the white counter which holds a range of fresh salads that are presented daily from 11am.
On the menu at Ottolenghi Marylebone, you can expect to find the usual role call of homespun, vegetable-led dishes, plus plenty of indulgent sweet treats to satisfy any sugar cravings. On your visit, choose from the main courses such as spiced chicken pie with tahini sauce or cauliflower, curry and raisins fritters with coriander yoghurt and rhubarb chutney. Daily salads meanwhile include the likes of crushed beetroot with elderflower labneh, grains and hazelnuts.
As for the daily line-up of cakes and pastries that Ottolenghi’s delis are so well known for, you can expect to find the sweet likes of a hazelnut and ricotta cake with chocolate chips, white chocolate cheesecake tart with raspberry compote and a cinnamon brioche pretzel.
There are pantry items available too should you be looking to stock up or recreate some of the Ottolenghi magic at home (the chef has published several cookbooks). Take home items such as Aleppo chilli flake jars, Pomegranate molasses or salted caramel and chocolate brittle.