24 Feb NOPI
Nopi is the restaurant of Ottolenghi together with chef Ramael Scully. I am a huge fan of Ottolenghi. I do have all his books (Ottolenghi, Plenty, Plenty More, Jerusalem, Nopi) , and cook regularly from them. His Mediterranean style of cooking as well as his love for vegetables makes his kitchen my favourite style.
Nopi is located in Soho, London. It has a more formal restaurant upstairs, and an informal restaurant downstairs where you sit at communal tables and can watch the activity in the kitchen. Menu upstairs and downstairs is the same. We ate downstairs and enjoyed it very much.
Their burrata with coriander and blood orange is one of their classics by now. And the burned aubergine with tahin was one of the best aubergine dishes ever. And did I mention the chocolate with chilli, salt and orange peel?
If you want to get to know the style of Ottolenghi is a more simple way, I would advise to have a salad in on of his delies. But if you are looking for a complete diner I can definitely recommend Nopi. A complete overview of his restaurants and delis can be found here.
When you like Ottolenghi style at home, I guess for most people Plenty & Plenty More are the best to start with. The dishes are suitable for the average home chef. I found the recipes in Nopi a bit more complicated. Even though I love the book for reading & inspiration, I haven’t cooked much from it.
Ottolenghi is representing the 21th century kitchen, with a large focus on vegetables. And that’s the style I like.