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survey result

Summary

£58
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* 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”.

Summary

£58
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* 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”.

Summary

£57
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Drool over the pastries” and the “exquisite” salads (“so many unusual combinations and lovely flavours, it’s hard to make a decision”) at Yotam Ottolenghi’s “always popular”, but “rather stark” cafés (“overcrowded with shared tables and yummy mummies with prams”). At its best, “the food’s so fresh and creatively different, you feel you are dining on something superbly healthy”, but ratings overall slipped this year, with a number of regulars noting that “while it’s an excellent concept, execution’s not as consistent as it should be”.

Summary

£57
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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!”).

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Last orders: 11 pm, Sun 7 pm

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