When someone utters the word Ottolenghi, the first two things that come to mind are gorgeous looking salad platters and tempting patisserie. You often find passerby snapping photos of the colourful assortments of sweets, whilst many customers ponder for moments on whether or not their choice was a wise one.
Ottolenghi has branched out since it opened in 2002, with restaurants in Belgravia, Notting Hill, Islington and Spitafields. It also has a sister restaurant called Nopi (reviewed earlier on this blog). Writing this review got me realising that I’ve been to all restaurants barring the one in Belgravia. Now that I’m an Angel resident, I’m lucky enough to be able to pop by for a quick treat (more often than I dare to think).
Ottolenghi is a deli inspired by Mediterranean flavours, it’s founder being Yotam Assaf Ottolenghi, an Israeli-British chef. You can eat at their restaurants, shop their products, or get yourself take-away – a valuable option as it’s usually so busy in the weekends. And that’s what I’ve done today.
Since I couldn’t be bothered with preparing lunch or breakfast, I got myself the small take away box which included a mix of two salads — one with roasted aubergines, yoghurt, spices and pistachios and another with chargrilled broccoli, almonds, chilli and garlic. Considering it was a little pricey for the portion (£11.90), it was enough for two, as we also took home two of Ottolenghi’s pastries.
Yes!! Needless to say, I wasn’t leaving without dessert. Today I treated myself to Ottolenghi’s signature financier with berries, pistachios and cream and a passion fruit tart topped with burnt marshmallow.
And they were gone…in a minute.
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