Last Saturday night a group of us dined at NOPI. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this wonderful restaurant, it’s part of the Ottolenghi restaurants. I had to book two months in advance to get a table and it was well worth it. My FODMAP Diet was thrown out for the night. I paid for it dearly for a few days after…. But it was well worth the pain!
My experience at NOPI was a mouth watering taste explosion! Ottolenghi did not disappoint in the slightest. It definitely lived up to my expectations. The service was exceptional. Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable.
Presentation spot on, atmosphere demure, private with soft lighting. The only thing that was a bit unnerving was the toilets. As soon as you walked in - wall & ceiling was covered in mirrors. I felt like I was in a fun park. What was that all about?
Other than that , here’s a paragraph from the NOPI website that pretty much sums up what it’s all about:-
‘NOPI is a brasserie with a twist: serving dishes to share with robust, sunny flavours, typically from the Middle-east and Asia. NOPI is open all day, with breakfast, lunch, dinner and pre-theatre menus. The design is formal on the ground floor, with a lot of marble and brass, whilst the basement has long canteen tables looking into the open kitchen. NOPI is the brainchild of the team behind Ottolenghi and carries on its ethos of quality, innovation, freshness and abundance.’
NOPI in SOHO London is slightly different to its other sister restaurants as it recommends taster dishes to share as your main meals. It does have a selection of main dishes but its quiet limited. 4 to be precise. They recommend you have approx 3 taster dishes per person. So this is what we ordered. I’ve taken a picture of all the dishes.
DISHES TO SHARE
Heirloom tomatoes, wasabi mascarpone, hazelnuts
Roasted aubergines, black garlic, harissa, pine nuts
French beans, mange tout, peas, mustard seed dressing
Courgette and manouri fritters, lime yoghurt
Five spice tofu, tomato & cardamom passata, braised aubergine
Spiced gurnard wrapped in banana leaf, pineapple sambal
Wild sea bream, smoked labneh, preserved lemon
Confit pressed duck, burnt miso butterscotch, pickled mixed mushrooms
Organic red quinoa and watercress salad
2 friends had two main dishes:-
Smoked ricotta rotolo, wild garlic, Swiss chard, pumpkin seeds
Cornish lemon sole, burnt butter, nori and ginger
DESSERT DISHES TO SHARE
Chocolate & almond cake, apricot kernel cream
Farro pudding, orange blossom, sesame brittle
Apricot and pandan financiers, coconut passion fruit cream
Strawberry mess, strawberry sorbet, meringue, sumac, rose syrup
Please excuse some of the pictures, as they were taken with my iphone and their not the best quality.
Would I go back again, yes and no. Yes because it was so delicious, no because it was so damn expensive! A taster dish which is the size of a tapas dish was anywhere between £9 – £12.
I would however go back to its sister restaurants, where there is more of a main dish selection and they are of a more reasonable price. A typical main course costs around £11.