Having watched the TV prog, visited the website and followed the blog this was the restaurant I most wanted to visit on my trip to London for a meal, a cookbook and some goodies from the shop. I accepted that visiting on a Sunday afternoon only the cold meat and salad was available but my chicken portion was small, hard, dry and lacked flavour. Others chose the roast beef which was delicious and the salmon which was okay. One of my accompanying salads was over bulked with red cabbage masking the other veg and flavours although the other cauliflower salad was better balanced and full of delightful tastes. Other salads also received mixed reviews. For the dessert choice we were sent to the front of shop to choose from the window display...as this was a very crowded area we had to compete for space with other diners, takeaway shoppers and waiters...no list was available to describe ingredients or remind us of names for when we returned to table...my orange and almond cake was pleasant but a bit dry and lacked the flavours I have enjoyed on holidays. The final problem was the tea...put in a pot with too much water it was weak and flavourless....the coffee was better but not memorable. Overall, if I had stopped at a cafe for a cold snack on a Sunday afternoon and paid £10.00 this would have been fine...But this was Ottolenghi and I expected a flavour experience...and friendly service but we received neither. Although 7 of us also had bread, 4 alcoholic drinks, 3 soft drinks and water, I felt £210.00 was a lot of money for a cold picnic and some drinks. I didn't bother with my cookbook or goodies...I'll stick with Moro!
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