Ottolenghi

Restaurants, Pâtisseries Spitalfields
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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.

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Venue name: Ottolenghi
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Address: 11 Artillery Passage
London
E1 7LU
Transport: Tube: Liverpool St.
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  • 2 star:0
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Debbie H
tastemaker

Ottolenghi is just simply a genius, the way that man makes me enjoy vegetables on a whole new level is impressive being such a huge carnivore! If he was my day to day chef I could easily be a vegetarian. The best part is I don't have to be as he also serves meat and does a brilliant job with that also. I took my Mum here for a Mother's Day lunch and we had such a lovely time. The range of salads you can pair with meat main courses and delicious quiches is great and there is so much choice. We had Roasted aubergine with tomato and caper sauce, toasted bread crumbs, pine nuts and herbs, Char-grilled broccoli with chilli and garlic, Roasted butternut squash with green tahini, roasted red onion, za’atar and mixed herbs, Freekeh tabbouleh with pickled celery and dried feta with a slice of Butternut Squash and Stilton Quiche and Bacon, Leek and Parmesan quiche. They also do excellent cakes for afterwards and because you ate so much salad you don't even need to feel guilty....

Nico
tastemaker

Went today for breakfast and was really disappointed. Nothing special on the menu apart from the Shakshuka, I had salmon with eggs and you couldn't see the difference between one and the other, the colour was the same. Eggs were dry as well and the hollandaise very thick. 

I'm sure at lunch/dinner is amazing but don't go at breakfast to overpay a simple dish of eggs.

Haley W
tastemaker

One of my favourite places in London! The middle eastern twist in the classics for brunch does not disappoint and the wide range of salad options for lunch will have you enjoying cauliflower like never before. A must try! As good as the food was in Israel!

Danette
tastemaker

Amazing breakfasts (my favourite is the Shakshuka, a North African dish with eggs, peppers and tomatoes served with grilled focaccia), indulgent pastries and cakes (have your tried the flourless peanut butter chocolate tart?) and a mesmerising selection of dishes and salads which make ‘healthy’ actually ‘exciting’, all in a very cozy environment- Ottolenghi Spitalfields has something for every time of day.


Whether you’re popping in to grab a flat white en route to work, catching up with friends over brunch on a lazy Sunday or having a cozy dinner date in a transformed candlelit venue (this happens every evening come sunset) this cute restaurant set on an even cuter East London side street (Artillery Lane) will not disappoint.

Sosh_uk
Tastemaker

We went here for Sunday brunch, very relaxed and chilled out environment. The Spitalfields didn't have the crazy queues that Islington used to, I checked online and there was no tables available, so the ought we would try our luck and go anyway. The reception was very welcoming, and we were seated within 5 mins of walking in. Service came with a smile as did a glass of water without even asking. The bar area was quite snazzy with a great sky light and there were lots of Pokemon sitting at the bar for coffee. In the main dining area, I loved the face that there were plug cords hanging from the ceiling, in case you need your phone charged! Bril isn't concept. I went for the sashuka, which was a North African dish with eggs and peppers, serve with focicaia bread. It was yummy and only £10.50. There is an additional service charge of 12.5% added to your bill. I will definitely be back, great place for Sunday brunch.

B Cul
tastemaker

Can't recommend this place enough! Went for brunch and got the shakshuka.... so delicious! The coffee is also good and don't forget to pick up a sweet treat on the way out. The cakes are to die for.


Only negative is that smaller tables have to use the larger tables toasters if they order they bread board. A little awkward when you book the entire large table for a group and then have other guests coming over every few minutes to toast their bread! 

Parklife
tastemaker

We gambled on getting a table here during an impromptu trip to Spitalfields as we had turned up without a reservation. This was on a busy Sunday at midday, so our chances did not look good. Luckily, the very friendly and courteous staff managed to find us a table within seconds.


The initial gentle relaxed hum of the restaurant initially drew us in but we were also impressed by the simple but yet airy decor. The toasters on the table and the hanging sockets (safely outside the reach of young children) added a bit of intrigue to the interior design.


Water was served to us immediately without any request. My breakfast was the Welsh Rarebit. This was served with delicious sourdough bread. Though be warned, it was very salty, so the extra bottle of water was more than appreciated. The two fried eggs and mixed salad were perfect accompaniments.


I would also like to say an additional few words about the exemplary service we received, which was impressive throughout. In addition, at the final bill, there was some ambiguity over our order. A lesser restaurant would have intensely and bitterly interrogated our claim. However, Ottolenghi gave us the benefit of the doubt without any rancour or recrimination. This sense of positive reinforcement means I will gladly come back.  

Ruth J
Tastemaker

Had to sample the goodness from this deli/restaurant after it being on my to do list for years. It did not disappoint. Amazing cold salads with beautifully cooked cold meats. Zingy cocktails also are fantastic in a somewhat clinical surrounding. Try the flourless chocolate cake for dessert if you have any room left!

Catia S

Ottolenghi Islington was one of my first foodie adventures in London back in 2011. 

I haven't returned to this branch ever since and after five years the classy and charming feeling was still there. The colourful and vibrant food counters, the minimalist decoration and the friendly service definitely helps,

Ottolenghi is not your daily Pret at Manger as a simple selection of three salads and a quiche for lunch can easily turn out to a mid-week extravaganza. Anyway, it is totally worth it!

Ottolenghi's salads are a masterpiece and even the most simple ingredients are turned into something utterly and creatively delicious. My crunchy  roasted aubergine with tamarind yoghurt, my smooth sweet potato with fried kale and my aromatic wild rice with chickpeas with currants were exquisite. The freshness and quality of the ingredients is notorious and that makes total difference to your palate. The goats cheese and cherry tomato was divine too - the subtle addition of caramelized onions let me wonder and dream for a couple of minutes. Even If I try to replicate such a beauty at home, I wouldn't be able even with the most of my efforts.. I guess that's why Ottolenghi is a and the place to come back when you want to be blown away and forget your daily Pret at Manger.

Bonnie W
Tastemaker

I had often heard about Ottolenghi’s delicious salads and when I finally tried them for myself I was not disappointed! When you first walk into the restaurant, all of the salads and desserts are impressively displayed and it was so difficult to only pick a few. I opted for the four salad plate, which at £14 is slightly pricy, but well worth it. The roasted aubergine with a garlic yogurt dressing as well as the grilled broccoli with chill and garlic were stand out dishes, although everything I had was delicious. I also got two desserts to take away since there was no way I could only pick one!

Sara O

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.

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