Yottam Ottolenghi is a god!

I’m aware that the ‘Ottolenghi’ craze seems to be sweeping the nation and it may look like I’m just jumping on the bandwagon, but I’ve been dying to go to an Ottolenghi restaurant for a very long time. I’ve also spent the last 2 years gazing longingly into the windows of the branch on Upper Street twice a day on the bus to and from work. I’m not quite sure why it’s taken me so long to pull my finger out and eat there, but this week, having made a reservation through their website the time had finally come!

We were seated at the huge communal table that stretches the length of the restaurant, the lights were dimmed and the atmosphere was buzzing with lively conversation.

Our lovely waitress took us through the menu, which was split into two columns…’from the counter’ and ‘from the kitchen’. She recommended that we chose a mixture of 5 dishes between 2 of us from both sections as the ‘from the counter’ ones would obviously arrive sooner than the ones ‘from the kitchen’, therefore staggering the meal and giving you time to savour everything. The menu sounded absolutely divine and I could have happily worked my way through every single dish. We somehow managed to whittle it down to…

Yellow fin, line caught seared tuna, wrapped in nori and panko with wasabi cream…

Roasted aubergine with tahini and yoghurt sauce, chilli, basil and toasted flaked almonds…

Pan fried sea bass with garlic crisps and mixed mushroom, seaweed and truffle oil salad…

Pan fried cured mackerel with parsnip and saffron puree, roasted rhubarb, rhubarb salsa and pasrley leaves…

Ricotta and basil stuffed courgette flower with wild rhyme honey, pine nuts and lemon zest…

It was the type of food that’s so good, you eat it painfully slowly, savouring every single mouthful and not wanting it to ever end! 

We were handed the dessert menu but also lead to the front of the shop to peruse all of the other delights on offer. I was like a child in a sweetshop and we couldn’t decide on only one each so we chose…

Baked vanilla cheesecake with caramel and macadamia nuts…

Moist chocolate cake filled with deicious baileys cream…

and because we’re fatties…a delicious cupcake with the lightest cream cheese frosting I have ever tasted…

In summary…Yottam Ottolenghi is an absolute god!

How someone can make even a simple aubergine taste that good is working some kind of magic! The meal was a bit pricier than I would usually opt for mid-week, but it was worth every penny. Now I just need to win the lottery or get swept off my feet by a rich man so that I can eat there all the time 😉

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