Ottolenghi is one of my favorite places to eat in London. It is what a restaurant should be: fresh food, inventive combinations, a great atmosphere and unobtrusive service. Their philosophy “requires that everything is hand-crafted with extreme care and attention, from basic raw ingredients.”  The result is always a culinary delight with  delicious dishes in the perfect portions for sharing amongst your party. They have four locations in London and I have frequented the one in Islington as I make it a must see and eat whenever guests are in town. Below is a photographic sampling of their menu which changes frequently. If you are in the neighborhood and can only pop by for a second be sure to grab one of their cookies. They are such a wonderful treat to brighten your day and will surely be enough to entice you back through the doors for a sit down meal!

Beetroot (£8.00)

Yellow fin, line-caught seared tuna, wrapped in nori and panko with wasabi cream (£9.50) *highly recommend*

Char grilled English filet of beef (£9.80)

Pan fried duck breast and Peking leg with polenta and tamarind spiced red cabbage (£11.00)

Tea smoked lamb cutlets with miso burnt aubergine, pickled Jerusalem artichoke and jalapeno sauce (£12.00)

Lentil, sweet potato, chickpea, okra and tomato dahl with mint yoghurt and cumin puri (£10.00)

Seared scallops with butternut squash, cauliflower fritters, spinach, curried pumpkin seeds and balsamic sauce (£12.00)


Chocolate chip cookie

Islington Location:

287 Upper Street

London N1 2TZ

Telephone:  020 7288 1454
Hours: Monday through Saturday 8:00am to 11:00pm,
Sunday 9:00am to 7:00pm

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  1. I’m a photo editor in New York and I’d like to discuss the possibility of using two of your photos from this column in this week’s issue of our food magazine Real Eats. Could you send me your email so I can give you further details? Thanks.

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