Ottolenghi Islington, London

We recently went to Ottolenghi in Islington the biggest deli and restaurant of Yotam Ottolenghi.  We loved all vegetarian dishes on the current seasonal menu.

The Islington deli / restaurant takes reservation only for dinner.  We got a reservation at 10 PM despite us reserving spots a week ahead.  Clearly the restaurant is very popular, despite not being new (has been open since 2002)!  The front of the restaurant is styled as a deli / take-away section, while the back of the restaurant has mostly communal seating with a few tables for couples.

Unlike many restaurants, the wine list at Ottolenghi in Islington has 80% of the listed wines available per glass.  The wine list includes a section dedicated to Orange wine (yes, not Rose, athough Rose is also available).  We stayed with safe whites and reds.  More about Orange wine here and here.

All vegetarian dishes were delicious – perfect blends of spices, flavours and textures – as were the two seafood dishes that we tried.  If the dishes that we ate are still on the menu / are offered again – please do make sure you get them!  The desserts were less impressive in comparison, yet very enjoyable.    The carrot cake with cream cheese frosting stood out from the other desserts.

Deli at the front of the restaurant

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Vegetarian dishes we ate

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Roasted beetroots with chilli, coriander, sesame seeds and lotus roots at Ottolenghi Islington in London

Roasted beetroots with chilli, coriander, sesame seeds and lotus roots at Ottolenghi Islington in London

Green and yellow beans with red peppers, capers, coriander seeds and tarragon at Ottolenghi Islington in London

Green and yellow beans with red peppers, capers, coriander seeds and tarragon at Ottolenghi Islington in London

Caramelised peach, mixed bitter leaves, spicy pecan nuts and Roquefort in an orange blossom dressing at Ottolenghi Islington in London

Caramelised peach, mixed bitter leaves, spicy pecan nuts and Roquefort in an orange blossom dressing at Ottolenghi Islington in London

Roasted aubergine with parsely yoghrt, parsley oil and mixed seeds at Ottolenghi Islington in london

Roasted aubergine with parsley yoghrt, parsley oil and mixed seeds at Ottolenghi Islington in london

Steamed corn cake with whipped feta, beetroot, apple, ginger, chilli and fennel seeds at Ottolenghi Islington in London

Steamed corn cake with whipped feta, beetroot, apple, ginger, chilli and fennel seeds at Ottolenghi Islington in London

Cauliflower with ras al hanout, almonds and celeriac at Ottolenghi Islington in London

Cauliflower with ras al hanout, almonds and celeriac at Ottolenghi Islington in London

Not (Just) Vegetarian dishes that we ate

Pan-fried sea bass with a tomatillo, avocado and jalapeno salsa and olive soil at Ottolenghi Islington in London

Pan-fried sea bass with a tomatillo, avocado and jalapeno salsa and olive soil at Ottolenghi Islington in London

 

Yellow fin seared tuna with sesame seeds, served with a soy, honey, spring onion and ginger sauce at Ottolenghi Islington in London

Yellow fin seared tuna with sesame seeds, served with a soy, honey, spring onion and ginger sauce at Ottolenghi Islington in London

Desserts

 

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting at Ottolenghi Islington in London

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting at Ottolenghi Islington in London

Brownie at Ottoelenghi Islington in London

Chocolate cake at Ottoelenghi Islington in London

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One comment

  1. I’ve only been to Ottolenghi for lunchtimes, but it looks great during dinner too! http://dimshum.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/ottolenghi-islington/

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