NOPI – A Yotam Ottolenghi Masterpiece of a Restaurant

Jen is a foodie at heart.  We have travelled quite a few places together and I can always count on her to take us to the best restaurants.  Well, our visit to NOPI did not disappoint and my delight at the amazing cuisine wasn’t surprising!

We are both fans of Yotam Ottolenghi, an Israeli chef known for his incredible cookbooks, some of which specialize in vegetarian fare.  Most of his dishes also have a Middle-Eastern influence, so expect flavourful pairings of spices, textures and colours.  His cooking is influenced by Syrian, Turkish, Lebanese, Armenian, Iranian and Israeli traditional dishes with a Western flare.

Mr. Ottolenghi is a huge advocate of vegetarian cooking, while still loving meat dishes (we had some amazing venison at NOPI). He is known for his wonderful quote that resonated with me: “It does no favour to vegetarians, making vegetables second best. Meat should be a celebration, not everyday. There is so much else out there”.  Indeed there is.

Located in the heart of London, NOPI is beautifully decorated (a theme I’ve noticed with almost every British restaurant we visited).  It is bright and airy, heavily decorated with marble, brass accents, bouquets of happy fuchsia and white chrysanthemums throughout, and again, a showstopper of a bathroom!  Is this some sort of trend I’m now discovering??

Let’s get to the good part though – the food.  I have never, ever had food like this.  The blend of Middle-Eastern flavours blew my mind. Roasted coriander seeds topped the creamiest burrata I’ve had this side of Italy. The beetroot and goat’s curd salad was both delicate, yet full of flavour at the same time.  The onglet was cooked perfectly – rare, tender and delicious and exploding with flavour thanks to the barley miso and shitake ketchup!!!  Yotam Ottolenghi is brilliant.  My tastebuds had died and gone to heaven.  Oh – and let’s not forget the cocktails.  My Pineapple Sage Cocktail was so delicious and fragrantly perfumed with sage, I felt like dabbing it behind my ears.  So good, I had two.  Jen ordered the Ginseng and Grapefruit Cocktail which was a gorgeous mix of Kamm & Sons British Aperitif, Campari, grapefruit, verjus and Boker’s Bitters.  Wow.  It was delicious, very refreshing and the most pleasing coral colour! I wish I was talented and adventurous enough to dream up these cocktails myself!

Here are some shots of the restaurant and dishes we were “blessed” to have:

Yotam Ottolenghi - NOPI

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Nopi London - North of Picadilly

Burrata and blood orange with crispy coriander seeds

Burrata and blood orange with crispy coriander seeds and lavender

Onglet with blackberry compote and crème fraiche

Onglet, barley miso and shitake ketchup

Venison, caramelized yogurt, blackberries and peanuts

Venison, caramelized yogurt, blackberries and peanuts

Beetroot, goat's curd and pomegranate seeds

Beetroot, goat’s curd and pomegranate seeds

Absolutely fantastic pineapple and sage cocktail

Absolutely fantastic Pineapple and Sage Cocktail

Me staring at my pineapple sage cocktail like it's my lover

Me staring at my pineapple sage cocktail like it’s my lover

Stunning house of mirrors-like bathroom

Stunning house of mirrors-like bathroom

Pretty entrance Nopi London Yotam Ottolenghi

Pretty entrance

Have any of you had a chance to try out this restaurant?  Any vegetarian dishes you love and care to share?  What is the most beautiful restaurant bathroom you’ve seen?  Hahaha!!




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  1. Vanessa
    April 30, 2015 / 12:43 pm

    You’re the only person I know who can pull off a fitted midi dress with flats. Brava!

    • April 30, 2015 / 1:38 pm

      Hahaha – thank you, V! We were doing a lot of walking that day so had to be comfortable. I owe everything to Jimmy Choo!

  2. April 30, 2015 / 1:12 pm

    Omg the food looks delicious!! I would have been right there with you drooling and staring at the drink lolol loves xoxo Janet

    • April 30, 2015 / 1:39 pm

      Janet – this restaurant was a real highlight of the trip. Well worth the plane fare to London! LOL! Thank you! xo

      • April 30, 2015 / 2:10 pm

        Lololol I bet! It looks amazing and you are welcome <3

  3. April 30, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    I would love to go there! I love Ottolenghi’s books and food shows.

    And seriously, you look amazing in that dress.

    • April 30, 2015 / 1:40 pm

      Thank you so much! I love when I find comfortable dresses that look great! Running has been my best friend – helped me fit into that dress! LOL! Picked up an Ottolenghi cookbook while there. There is a caramelized fennel recipe that I’m dying to try and will profile on the blog soon! xo

  4. April 30, 2015 / 4:23 pm

    This is the whole package – ambiance and substance! I’d love to go there one day. Your food photos really make each plate look so appetizing! And that dress – smokin! 😀

    • April 30, 2015 / 5:05 pm

      Haha! Thanks! The food truly was wonderful. Check out his cookbooks on Amazon. I should have included that!

  5. May 5, 2015 / 10:50 pm

    First off, can we talk about how simply stunning this place is?! Whoa. It’s damn near picturesque. I dream of dining at places like this!
    Second, that beet root, goat curd, and pomegranate seeds looks HEAVENLY! I have a soft spot for anything goat dairy related and that looks just right up my alley. As does that cocktail! ugh. Basically, having some food envy over here!


    • May 6, 2015 / 9:36 am

      Haha! You owe it to yourself to try out this restaurant. To say it was “superb” is the understatement of the year!! That salad was truly heavenly. While eating it, I was thinking that I didn’t want it to end! LOL! AND make sure you check out the bathroom when you go – an interior design masterpiece.

      • May 6, 2015 / 4:52 pm

        Planning on a pit stop in London when honeymoon time rolls around (read: we’re gonna fly into London THEN venture from there) so I will definitely be checking it out!

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