I love Ottolenghi. I love the cookbooks and I love the Guardian/Observer features, and I love the food. Who would have thought that cauliflower cake can actually be outrageously tasty – a staple Sunday cook up for me for weekday lunches. Even Bridget Jones likes Ottolenghi (and he’s actually released a recipe to match the one referenced in the latest film). I’ve been dying to go to the restaurant in Islington for ages, so when a work colleague suggested we meet for Sunday brunch/lunch, I jumped at the opportunity.
The cake selection – strategically placed in the window!
We arrived at 12.00 and it was already busy. Whilst you wait for your table, though, you can eye up the salads and the cakes and the various raw ingredients for sale at the front of the restaurant. We were shown to a communal table at first but the hostess was lovely and offered us a private table when one became quickly available – it’s little considerations like this that make this place such a good restaurant.
The Ottolenghi Shakshuka
For me, Ottolenghi breakfast means one thing: shakshuka. And I was not disappointed – the eggs were perfectly baked in a delectable surrounding of tomato and peppers and Labneh, complete with grilled toast. I loved every mouthful and was devastated when I finished it – something this good you never want to end.
The day’s salad selections
My colleague went for the salad selection – these change daily and with the season, but are always more than just a salad. Ottolenghi truly makes salads and sides great.
I can’t wait to eat more Ottolenghi food – whether that’s in the restaurants or what I’ve whipped up for myself at home.