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This branch of Yotam Ottolenghi's colourful, veg-heavy deli-restaurant has a dedicated takeaway counter for time-poor City types.

Brand new east London branch of Islington's favourite Ottolenghi, sister restaurant of Nopi. Coming soon.

Venue name: Ottolenghi
Address: 11 Artillery Passage
E1 7LU
Transport: Tube: Liverpool St.
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Nia T
Staff Writer

Everyone raves about Ottolenghi so we didn’t really expect to get a walk-up table at this Spitalfields deli branch but we were in luck.  We’d like to have had breakfast, which looked delicious arriving at the table beside us, (they took the menu off the door as we arrived. The lunch menu is very straightforward: basically you can have three or four salads with or without a protein-based dish (salmon chicken etc). One of us had four salads (which arrived piled in a pretty, appetising heap, gleaming with pomegranate seeds), the other three salads and salmon. So between us we covered all the bases and everything got a thumbs-up. Unable to resist the unexpected ‘Orange’ section on the wine list, we both had a glass of Rkatsiteli, which was indeed orange, although when we googled it afterwards we discovered that it’s more often described as white. Initially it tasted almost like beer but it grew on us and went really well with all the unfamiliar tastes in those vegetable- and pulse-based salads.  So, a success, and we’d be ready to join the rest of the ravers if it wasn’t quite so expensive: with 12.5 % service the bill  for two main courses and a couple of glasses of wine came to £51.