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

“Stunning salads, amazing pastries” and a “lovely variety of interesting prepared dishes” have stood the test of time at Yotam Ottolenghi’s “vibrant” deli-cafés – still hugely popular 22 years on from the launch of the first in Notting HIll. The Israeli-born chef and writer has had an enormous influence on the way people shop, eat and cook, helping to create a whole category of modern Middle Eastern cookery and “totally living up to his reputation as a leading expert in vegetarian cuisine” – even though his premises serve meat and fish. An occasional quibble – “the prices? Too high for a few stalks of broccoli even taking into account the undoubtedly skills of the Chef!”

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

Still “a gold standard”, with their “lovely, beautifully displayed food” – this small group of deli-cafés has expanded slowly since the first one opened in Notting Hill 21 years ago; the latest arrived in Pavilion Road, Chelsea, in January 2022. Hugely influential Israeli-born chef and writer Yotam Ottolenghi has transformed the way much of the world sees Middle Eastern cuisine – and vegetables. “I’m not a vegetarian, but I love eating the veg dishes here and I find I don’t need to order any meat”. (See also the chef’s two grander restaurants, Nopi and Rovi).

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£64
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Mouthwatering salads” which look as dazzlingly good as they taste set the tone at Yotam Ottolenghi’s deli-restaurants, where “the food is always outstanding” and “you always discover new ingredients and different takes on traditional dishes”. It’s now 20 years since the Israeli-born writer and TV chef opened his original Notting Hill venue, sparking a new interest in Levantine cuisine; in summer 2021 he opened a fifth branch, near the Wallace Collection in Marylebone.

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

“A feast for the eyes and always fresh, delicious” and full of “interesting flavour” – the “unusual salads” and habit-forming cakes at Yotam Ottolenghi’s starkly decorated café chain: an ongoing success-story particularly beloved of brunching yummy-mums and Guardian-reading types (“is this a restaurant or a cult?… some of the clientele on my trip seemed beyond parody”). “It’s only the food that makes it worth it” though – branches are “super-busy and never enjoyable” – and, given the prices, a visit can “feel like daylight robbery”.

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Reviews of Ottolenghi Restaurant in E1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Ottolenghi restaurant.
Nicholas R
We both stuck with the vegetarian options o...
Reviewed 11 months, 30 days ago

"We both stuck with the vegetarian options on this visit and were not disappointed with the complex and subtle flavour and texture combinations that are Ottolenghi's trademark. The celeriac and the mushroom papillote were our favourites but that's only a reflection of our preferences, the other dishes were just as good. Perhaps we should expect something of a canteen atmosphere since Ottolenghi's other restaurants charge much more, but the open space is clattering and the service is very impersonal. "

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