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“Expensive but worth it”

Ottolenghi - Islington
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Ranked #814 of 24,437 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $74 - $74
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed August 3, 2014

The food was delicious - we shared 4 dishes from the counter and 5 from the kitchen, the oat cake, tuna and lobster were the stand out dishes. Only comment would be that the dishes were quite small for the price paid, but they were delicious. Desserts are amazing - we had one each and the chocolate tart is wonderful. As it was my Mum's birthday they put a candle in her cake, which was a nice touch. Would recommend for a special occasion!

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Thank Alexandra H
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

The first thing to say is that the food was wonderful, great combinations of unusual ingredients cleverly put together. The service was attentive but not overbearing and the staff were helpful and knowledgable.

The food is served as tasting dishes, no starters as such, so pick 5-6 dishes (between 2) and dive in. There's a selection from the kitchen and the cold deli selection.

One thing to note is the majority of the seating is at two long tables down the middle, with only a few tables for two. Initially we were put on the long table which wasn't really what we wanted as it was a birthday celebration. After a bit of a complaint the manager, who was really helpful and accommodating moved us to a table for two.

Most definitely worth a try!

Thank Stephen B
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

Lunched here today and as ever the food was outstanding.Fresh interesting and innovative salads , expertly balanced flavours with taste surprises and combinations contained in every bite. Choice of proteins, beef , chicken, salmon and a couple of vegetarian options. We had the seared sirloin which was perfectly judged and spoon tender. Desserts - where to start, what to choose? Everything looked delicious and the chocolate caramel tart and peach and almond meringue were worth every single calorie. Coffee - just OK - can't understand why with food at this quality and to which the obviously devote immense attention and care they never seem to be able to produce a decent espresso. Next time I will get the fresh mint tea
Service was friendly and helpful. The lunch deal is a steal for food of this quality. Looking forward to my next visit!

Thank Mmctee
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Reviewed July 31, 2014

A beautiful restaurant in a lovely fashionable part of London. loved the community table down the center of the restaurant; it worked well.The food, that consists of both cold and warm small plates, is middle-east, Israeli and Mediterranean. The food was beautifully presented and filled with a wide variety of tastes and flavors. We had the lobster and the tempura flower and they are not to be missed. The wines were very good although I'm not a fan of the orange colored variety. Desserts are beautiful and a killer. Hard to choose. Expensive but worth it.

Thank DrBlue2
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Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

This place manages to pack a massive punch, considering it has one counter, and only a few tables. The food is quite simply sublime. Beautifully prepared, totally fresh ingredients in the most mouth-watering and imaginative salads- who knew you could do so much with a few salad leaves?!? And as for the cakes- they are truly delicious, better than any other patisseries, passion fruit and soft meringue tarts, you have to taste to believe how good they are, amazing strudel, fantastic financiers, it's all faultless, effortless and not at all precious. If you don't want to eat in take it home in a box and bypass the queues!

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Thank Rebecca E
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