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“Good, but over-rated” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ottolenghi Belgravia

Ottolenghi Belgravia
Ranked #15 of 282 Bakeries in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Belgravia
San Francisco, California
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94 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Good, but over-rated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

My expectations were very high, given all the hype about Ottolenghi's places in London. The food was quite good, but not as superb as all the reviews would lead one to believe. Nevertheless a good take out place, healthy and tasty options. The lemon cardamom pistachio cake was, however, indeed superb.

Visited January 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Delectable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

This Ottolenghi dude is the bees knees. Pairing scrumptious salads with seductive cakes is a genius stroke. This is the conversation that happens between your stomach and your brain: Brain – “I should lose weight, I’ll go for a healthy salad”, Stomach – “Mmm yummy salads but oh wait a moment, look at those cakes, I want one”, Brain – “OK Stomach we can have a cake because we are being healthy with the salad”.

The salads manage to make a red-blooded, carnivore drool at the mouth without having to put flesh on display and the cakes far exceed the temptations that were put in front of Adam and Eve. The flavours have this awful tendency to explode in your mouth, the symptoms are normally closed eyes, saliva at the side of the mouth and a slow chewing motion of the jaw.

The food is great and the service is efficient and prompt. Seating is limited BUT they have struck a deal with Rococo across the road so that you can eat your food there if you buy a drink. Problem solved.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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sheffield
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212 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Food glorious Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

This is a small cake, bread and deli, with small communal eating area at the rear, it's possible to sit in a small courtyard when the weather is clement, generally you will be lucky to get a seat inside.
The alternative is buy their delightful food, be it a cake, bread or their deli items and take it away.
Everything is divine, the most delicious cakes to die for, they are pretty large portions and quite expensive, £3.50 for a slice of chocolate cake, so share, it's worth it.
Their range is extensive an if he highest quality. Fabulous

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank ladygourmet
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Geneva, Switzerland
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“More Seating Please”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

Everything in this little shop is enticing, from the colorful and fresh vegetable dishes to the delectable sweets. However, it is always frustrating not to be able to sit down to eat due to the ridiculously small dining area.

Visited November 2012
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San Francisco, CA
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629 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Veggie Heaven!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

Loved eating here, as I had looked at his cookbook before leaving home and was intrigued to sample some of his cuisine. Having lived in Belgravia I kinda knew what to expect (upmarket) and was not disappointed. Went early and snagged a spot and wished I'd brought a crowd of friends to eat with me, the portions are well sized and choosing just a couple was very hard. Anything this guy does with eggplant on a plate is amazing, truly wonderful.

Eat here, or any of his stores, be prepared for a wait, or better yet, take it away and enjoy!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank William M
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