Wishin' and thinkin' and hopin' and prayin'...
Bring the brand and concept over to North America as soon as possible. Yes you can cook at home from his wonderful and inspiring cookbooks and recipe columns, but the restaurant and option of takeaway would be life-altering for busy times and the work folk.
Please with a pomegranate seed on top!
You know it's real love once you return the 2nd time and your heart still flutters.
Ottolenghi's Belgravia location is 1 of 3 in London and- though there are others much closer to where I live- I have an allegiance to this tiny, 6-seater goldmine of masterful sweets.
I went for my first time in May. Yes, there's just one (minimalistic & spiffy) round communal table here, but I just see it as part of the experience (been twice, once with a friend, and it was never full). My expectations were high, for Ottolenghi is a rockstar chef with household-name cookbooks.
I ordered jasmine tea and the Lime Cheesecake with Strawberries.
I tasted the cheesecake...then became paralyzed for about 6 seconds.
Creamy, dreamy and deceptively filling- you can truly taste the *thoughtfulness* of the size, the portions of glazed strawberries, the atypical shape, etc. Yes...I have no qualms confessing that this is the best cheesecake I've ever had.
Love brought me back a 2nd time today, making sure it could still 'wow' me like the 1st time three months ago.
Today I ordered green tea with the Blackberry Financier (pictured). I never heard of a "financier" dessert but it looked nice enough.
I took a breath and took a small edge of the vanilla-almond cake:
OH MY JEEZ THIS IS GOOD.
I wasn't eating a cake...I was eating an experience. Rich, sweet vanilla-almond batter with blackberries, marscapone cream and pistachio shavings on top...with a 'surprise' stuffing of a raspberry and halved apricot in the center. Every single bite was a celebration. I didn't want it to end.
Desserts are in the £4ish range and is absolutely worth every pence.
Two time's the charm, Ottolenghi. You are officially one of my top favorite foodie destinations in London.
The ONE major downside: There is no public restroom in this location. But true, unconditional love forgives all shortcomings, yes?
Beautiful, cozy cafe full of delightful pastries and coffee. I ordered a cup of cappuccino and a slice of cherry&vanilla cheesecake, both of which were perfect for my afternoon sweet fix.
In particular, the cherry&vanilla cheesecake was like no other cheesecake I had ever had -- perfect level of creaminess with a deceivingly flavorful set of cherries on top that complemented the cheese very well. Two ladies that were sitting next to us had ordered it, and then when we were leaving, I noticed that the couple that had come in after the two ladies also ordered it!
Their main menu looked healthy and tasty as well, so I look forward to trying them sometime soon.
Note that they have only one big roundtable for any sit-in's, so avoid going at busy hours. Also, relatively small elbow room and privacy, given that everyone's sitting together at the same table.
Stopped by this location for some takeaway. Everything LOOKS delish but I can't get past the fact that it is just OUT there for everyone to sneeze on. I'd feel better if it were behind glass. That's just the germaphobe in me. The housemade granola (packaged) is heavenly!!!!
I have all the cookbooks and was so excited to come here. They had the some of the same veggies that NOPI has. You can get a plate of veggies or veggies + protein. And AMAZING desserts. They have one communal table and a couple of small tables outside. The staff was super friendly. I can't wait to come back!
Holy smokes. I'm already a fan (Nopi is amazing and one of my favourite restaurants in London), and have had lovely food from the original Notting Hill shop.
The Motcomb Street location has all the things I love about the Notting Hill one, but it's far quieter and doesn't feel so hectic. Equally busy, but I just preferred it.
Yes it's expensive (£15 for a protein and three salads if you eat in) - but you'd pay that in London for a fancy burger, so why not this? It's worth every penny in my eyes. Portions are decent and quality is top notch.
Salads change daily but the meats largely stay the same (grilled salmon, beef fillet, spicy chicken, seared tuna). Takeway salad boxes sold by weight. The chargrilled broccoli with garlic and chilli is a must.
Cakes are insane. Had a flourless almond and orange cake with dark chocolate ganache today. ZOMG. You won't be sorry :)
Dessert & take-away cafe, but I went straight for the desserts alone
the workers are so accommodating, the baker set aside the LAST cheesecake for me even though I was in the back of the line since he knew I wanted it!!
--Hazelnut cheesecake: thick & yummy!! paired well w/ the toffee & hazelnut crunch topping
--Chocolate chip cookie: a solid cookie but not best I've had
--Passion fruit meringue tart: perfect fluffy meringue contrasting the tartness of the fruit!
if i'm ever back in London, I want to try their restaurant location that was too far from my hotel on this trip!
Here lies Yumminess that makes me not want to share!
I dropped by on a chilly Sunday afternoon and spent an enjoyable hour drinking excellent Drury english breakfast tea with a myriad assortment of delectable cakes and sweet things. I usually like milk and sugar in my tea, but the quality of this was so good that I didn't need anything with it (except dessert!:)
The deceptively simple chocolate chip with pecan cookie was SO good that I very grudgingly was made to share it with my husband. :) The Victoria sponge cake with passionfruit was tangy and delicious and had a slightly lemony taste to it in the best way possible. I also had something that looked like a very chocolatey croissant and it wasn't bad but the taste of cinnamon was too strong for me, so I'd recommend that to cinnamon fans only. We ended with the hazelnut brownie which tasted so chocolatey it was like eating a delicious ferrero rocher in brownie form.
Ottolenghi also offers quality salads and lunch takeaway as well as all manner of sweet things. The beef lasagne is good and the green bean salad with it was great. The potatoes on the side were served cold which made them unappetizing. Who likes cold food?
They only have one big table in the back for seating, which is not very convenient so I see why most people just get takeaway. There is more seating outdoors in the back but on cold rainy days it's not very convenient. The service here was okay, not terribly friendly though. The prices of course are as high as you would expect in Belgravia. Overall I thought it was great, I just wish they had more seating.
Food excellent as in all Ottolenghi but service not as friendly and food choice more restricted. NoPi and Islington branch much better
This is food that ought to be illegal. It makes other food taste bland and boring. Everything there is a gastronomical treat. I popped in and had a few items to take away and enjoy elsewhere. It all changes on a regular basis - I have no idea if the same things were there the day before or the next day. But it all tasted so very fresh!
A slice of pizza with peppers, Serrano ham and mozzarella
A scoop of roasted aubergines ("eggplant" to Americans) with honey yogurt, pumpkin seeds and chilli.
Roasted broccoli with peanuts and chilli and garlic
Carrot and cabbage cole slaw with spicy red chillis and a vinegar dressing
One blackcurrant meringue
OMG, it was amazing. Check my pictures. It's a good thing I live nowhere near this place as I'd be fat and broke and sated!
I have the fortune (or misfortune, if you look at the sizable dent this place has created in my wallet) of working near the Motcomb Street Ottolenghi, which functions mostly as a takeaway spot.
Once you walk in to Ottolenghi, you'll be struck by two things: 1) the smell of freshly baked goods and 2) the amazing colors of the food presented in front of you. Ottolenghi is like an upscale salad bar, and you can pick from any number of yummy dishes (roasted veggies, lentil salads, seared tuna) to pair together into a salad box, which is then weighed and packaged for you.
It's not cheap, but if you're looking to treat yourself to a nice and healthy lunch in Belgravia, Ottolenghi is definitely the place to go.
My friend was raving about this place last time she was in town. This shop is a visual sensation. We dropped by for Sunday brunch after a quick visit to V&A. There is a small table in the back of the cafe, and I believe some additional seating outside. We each got a place with an assortment of cold salads/dishes. Each item was a burst of flavor and spices. I had curry chicken, couscous, lots of fresh veggies... We also shared a nice pot of tea. Afterwards, we shared a cupcake and pavlova meringue cake. As beautiful as the cupcake was against the orange plate, that's where my accolades end. The cupcake was not worth the calories. The pavlova was a good consistency. If I had more energy, I would've purchased more items to carry back to the States with me.
They also sell cookbooks - I hate buying books while traveling because of the added weight and sure enough they were on Amazon at a discounted price! Snag one there if you want an autographed copy though.
I love this place, plain and simply put.
Evertime I come here I am educated about how this guy approaches produce and product and transforms victuals into scrummy magic. And i ain't no Muddle, I knows me chow.
Come here, breathe and look around, take your time. Ask questions, learn, and then...
go for it, tuck right in, smack away to your heart's content. You'll find it, here, in this lovely food.
LOVE THIS PLACE. I heard about Ottolenghi from a gourmet messageboard I am a member on. I even ordered his vegetarian cookbook, "Plenty", based off of what people were saying. I've prepared a handful of his dishes and LOVED them all so I knew when I came back to London I had to eat here.
Everything was beautifully presented. So full of colors, so fresh, so inviting. You could never present plates of food in the open air like that here in the US, but I thought it was gorgeous!!!
All of the salads I tried were amazing. Aaaaaamazing. His food point of view is exactly like mine. I loved everything.
The only negatives:
Pricey, but hey, it's London, and it's an expensive area of London!
Service wasn't exactly the best. We had to wait a long time for them to plate up our salads and the server rarely came by. Our water glasses were always empty and we had to flag him down if we needed anything.
But the food more than made up for the ever so slightly bad service!!!!!!!
Freshly opened, this delectable new addition to the successful Ottolenghi stable is a sensory delight. The window displays are tantalising and lead you into the pleasures in store. Whether you're in the mood for a tea or coffee, a salad, savoury pastry or sweet treat you'll be spoilt for choice. The fabulous floral arrangements complement the enticing wares. I defy anyone to come in here without their mouth watering or finding it a challenge deciding what to taste first.
Prices are fair given the quality: starting at around £1 for a slice of golden, cheese-topped cornbread to £3.50 for a hefty portion of ultra-rich macadamia caramel cheesecake. Salad portions are £3.50-ish per 100g, extremely creative and alluringly colourful. Even as a healthy eater, I couldn't resist trying their samples of almond croissant; unlike any other I have previously encountered: featherlight, not sickly sweet, greaseless, melt-in-the-mouth - dangerously good!
There's just one large-ish white table at the back of the shop, if you want to eat or drink in.
Tried the hummus and a chocolate chip cookie and my sister had a lemon tart. Everything was amazing. If I lived nearby I would get takeout all the time.
This was a great find. The beet and goat cheese starter, the pear and pecan salad, the pig's cheek and the fish were exceptional, but not outdone by the daily special passion fruit custardy thingy and the chocolate cake. Service was first rate. This place is not cheap, but it is certainly worth the money. Make sure to make a reservation well in advance as it is small and is packed even on week nights.
this is going to be my go-to takeaway spot, since it's just down the road from my place. the food here is fresh and tasty, albeit not cheap. i got a small box of grilled salmon, broccoli salad, and some roasted eggplant and a latte for about 11 pounds.
there's not much seating, so your best bet is to take it to a nearby garden to eat.
My girlfriend and I swung by here for a quick lunch bite before heading out to London for some sightseeing. It's definitely set up more as a bakery - lots of pastries and other things for your sweet tooth up front, with a big round table for common seating inside (I think there's additional outdoor seating in the back, but it was raining lightly). Service was okay, but I think if I were to come back, I would grab a box of food to go instead - it does feel pretty small.
As for the food itself - it was pretty good overall, but I think that the lunch special is a bit pricey based on the amount of food you can get. A main dish plus 2 sides (or salads, as they are called here) costs 13 pounds, which for us Yanks is the equivalent of $20. I could get a cheaper lunch with arguably the same (or better) quality of food - and more of it - for less in NY. The seared beef is very good, but the cream sauce that was served with it was a little bit on the heavy side and covered up the natural flavor of the beef. The potatoes were also well-done, but again - served with an ill-advised heaping of heavier-than-expected cream sauce. I wouldn't mind a little, but there was too much in my opinion. On the other hand, my girlfriend's tuna was served with a delicious sauce (it tasted a little like Italian dressing, only better) and would definitely be my choice on a second go-around. I also got a pain au chocolat - it was light and flaky, but nothing has come close to comparing to the one served at Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. It also costs me the equivalent of $6 here - pretty expensive for a regular-sized croissant.
The food here is decent, but the lunch special is a bit expensive for what it comes with. It's a nice little shop just off of Hyde Park, though, and the snacks looked tasty at the front. I might stick with those next time.
If you're going to invest in delicious meringues, this is the place to do it. The service was impeccable and the presentation of the pastries was tantalizing. Two elderflower and pistachio meringues after I walked in the door, I was sold.
I have given up trying to have a coffee or lunch here, the one table is just not big enough, and the staff are too dim to ask the ignorant yummy mummys who allow their horrors to take 2 seats each to sit together, and quietly, so someone else might share the facilities.
Its rare that I buy cake, as I usually make better myself. One thing I can't beat is Ottolenghi's Lemon Mascarpone Tart. It is superb. Doesnt travel well, so dont rely on being able to fib that you made it yourself when you get it home!
Also totally amazing is the Caramel fingers with Macadamia and Coconut- wrapped in red and white tissue, these chewy caramels are super salty and honey sweet, totally addictive.
The same fabulous food as you find at other Ottolenghi's but there is only one large table (8 covers) so if you want to eat in be prepared to wait. Perfect for takeaway.
Yes it is expensive, but it's also the best.
(One small gripe, as a restaurant which prepares such wonderful food, with such attention to detail, and presents it so beautifully in the shop window and on the counter, I can't understand how the Ottolenghi chefs can bear their wonderful food to be served on flourescent plastic plates in pink, green, etc. I found it quite hard to look at the beautiful food against such a background and it really interferes with the pleasure of savouring with the eyes before tasting.)
Ottolenghi is a quaint little shop with food that is laid out for your viewing pleasure. I saw the treats first, and got the blackberry vanilla cupcake. Also on display were trays of vegetable dishes that all looked lovely. I got myself a squash and a broccoli medley. The cupcake was incredible, the cake itself was moist and generously filled with blackberries and the icing was delectable! It was incredibly whippy, creamy, and not too sweet. I really enjoyed it. The vegetable dishes tasted very fresh and were very satisfying. I would come here again for a healthy and delicious little snack.
The space is beautiful and sophisticated. The presentation was superb. The mint tea was very good. The food was too heavy with yoghurt or mayonnaise. The service was absolutely abysmal.
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