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Yotam Ottolenghi opens his biggest venue to date in Fitzrovia with a menu “focused on vegetables and on produce brought directly from selected, outstanding farmers”. The site includes a restaurant and store.

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Summary

“The salads on display as you enter get your gastric juices moving!” at Yotam Ottolenghi’s communal cafés, whose “enterprising” Middle Eastern dishes remain “fresh, delicious and interesting” (“cakes and desserts are not to be missed” either). If there are drawbacks, it’s “variable service”, “terrible acoustics” and the wait to be seated. Nor is it cheap, but it’s worth it (“cook books are all very well, but the prep takes hours!”).

£57
Very Good
Good
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Zingy fresh flavours dance in the mouth”, at Yotam Ottolenghi’s “funky” communal cafés, known for their “inspired” salads and “scrumptious” cakes. “Cramped conditions” are a pain however, and while even fans “do wonder how a small meal can cost quite so much”, critics fear they risk “disappearing up their own fundaments”.

£55
Good
Average
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“You discover tastebuds you never knew existed!”, say fans of the “revelatory” salads and “insanely good” cakes at Yotam Ottolenghi’s “chic” (but slightly “sterile”) communal deli/cafés; “ridiculous queues” are a perennial hazard however, and a dip in ratings supports those who say “it’s suffering from its own success”.

£52
Very Good
Average
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Yotam Ottolenghi’s “visually stunning” Middle Eastern-inspired creations – “unbelievable salads in such a variety” and “the most delicious cakes imaginable” – make his “innovative” cafés just the ticket for a life-enhancing brunch; shame, though, about “the queues and the crowding”.

£48
Exceptional
Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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