Ottolenghi in Angel

I was so excited to take a book dinner at Ottolenghi in Islington. Having heard lots of good things about the restaurant and looked at many recipes from the chef: Yotam, it was one for my list.

Ottolenghi draws on a wealth of culinary traditions – with a focus on Mediterranean and lots of Vegetarian choices. On entering it seems like a deli, with lots of desserts sitting in the window & large platters of salads on the counter.

The menu is full of cold and hot tapas style dishes for sharing, all inventive yet simple food with lots of big favours and combinations for dinner with ingredients complimenting each other. The dishes combine surprising ingredients which sound odd but really work well together. The dishes are sort of tapas-style and perfect for sharing, which I find makes for a great meal. the more people you go with the better, because the more things you can try.

We ordered:

  • Roasted butternut squash with miso, cashews, spring onion, chilli, pickled ginger, wakame and sesame seeds
  • Haloumi and basil stuffed filo parcels with tahini and pistachio, mint and pomegranate relish
  • Chili infused beetroot with roasted red peppers, shaved pecorino, blood orange, walnuts and basil

And then there are the desserts from the front and on the menu. With a variety of meringues and cakes piled high on cake stands up at the front, there was so much to choose from – the white chocolate raspberry tart won our minds.
It is a little pricey but highly recommended just to taste how the flavours work together! If you really love food and tasting experiences, you will enjoy Ottolenghi.
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