Finally in London, finally at Ottolenghi's newest place NOPI just North of Piccadilly behind Regent Street. Uncluttered interior, great service, tables for 2 to 6, the typical long shared table is downstairs with the view into the open kitchen where the team of chefs make healthy fresh tasty salads and signature dishes. We almost ate the entire lunch menu tried some of the breakfast and still felt great afterwards.
You know I am a huge fan of this cuisine and the masterminds behind it. Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi and their team. Their philosophy quote is:
Simply put, we are very serious about making people happy through our food. To look at, to taste, to eat in-store or to take-away home, to order products on-line or when dining in our restaurants, the food that we create is often described as ‘sunny’. It’s full of harmonious contradictions: it’s vibrant and bold yet familiar and comforting; it’s beautiful to look at yet close to its original form; it’s full of surprising drama yet always comes together as one; it’s noisy yet peaceful, lip-smacking yet warm, simple yet daring. We are still cooking the food that we and our customers delight in and it’s still making us proud, happy and full of beans.
Nobody got suspicious when I took pictures of everything and when I shared that I have a blog I was immediately offered to meet Sami who came shortly after to meet us. He sat down and chatted with us, I showed him some of the posts I already made inspired by their newest cookbook, PLENTY MORE and he suggested I should use rocket salad instead of baby spinach for my salad with grapefruit and sumac due because the watercress is not in season now so if you will try the recipe I posted last week let me know ! Samy said this calls for a more peppery green! Great advice don't you think?
How fun would it be to look over their shoulders or even attend a cooking class! I will be among the first ones signing up!
In Notting Hill a long table is shared by everybody, the toaster plugged into extensions pulled down from the ceiling and it is very hard to get a seat from morning till evening, people often line up outside.
You will love this place, for an easy healthy lunch on Amazon you get any of their cookbooks here.
All photos taken with my iphone 6, sorry the quality is not as usual.