Ever since I received a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi’s ‘The Cookbook’ as a gift, I wanted to visit one of his restaurants. With the publication of ‘Plenty’ and the opening of Nopi this desire grew ever stronger. On my last trip to London I finally made it to one… albeit only for a quick breakfast.
What the website says: ‘The dishes, typically offering bold flavours and colours and using plenty of spices and fresh herbs, were dreamt up by Ramael Scully, head chef, and Yotam Ottolenghi, executive chef. Our location in London’s West End Theatreland makes NOPI ideal for a dinner before the theatre. Please look at our fixed-price pre-theatre menu, alongside our regular Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner menus.’
What I ate:
Nopi’s breakfast menu is full of fabulous sounding delights: Morning pastries, including croissants and pain au chocolat; sourdough with butter, jam or marmite; Welsh rarebit and the interesting sounding Shakshuka and Asian inspired Black rice with coconut milk and tropical fruits – but there was only one choice for me… the French Toast with star anise sugar, berry compote and orange yoghurt. I love French Toast and this one was particularly good!
Food high points: as mentioned, the French Toast did not disappoint – a definite high point for sure - a generous portion with a beautiful balance of sweet and spice. I also enjoyed the very gingery Carrot, Ginger & Apple Juice!
Food low points: I only had the French toast and loved it so there were no negatives – maybe more of the compote?
Décor / ambience: I love the whole styling of Nopi – the white washed walls, marble and tiling and the gold accents and soft wooden tones give a clean, classy feel. I rarely mention the toilets in my food posts but I did like the fly ‘targets’ on the urinals.
Service: I was the only customer and was seemingly forgotten – I sat for ages looking for someone who I could order a coffee from and again for someone to ask for the bill.
Verdict (Would I return?): with its central location on Warwick Street and the fact they are open from 8am Monday to Friday and 10am at weekends, next time I am staying in London I’ll definitely return for brekkie. I am also keen to have a lunch or dinner.