London, 2014-07-14

Middle Eastern flavours with a western twist

Looking for the best bites of Middle Eastern food? When in London.. go visit NOPI. I’m a big fan of Ottolenghi, with his cookbooks ‘Plenty’, ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘The Cookbook’, you have everything to create dishes full of taste, a great party for your tastebuds. Ottolenghi’s cooking style is a vibrant mix of Middle Eastern flavours with a western twist, and that’s what I love so much. The Syrian, Turkish, Lebanese, Iranian, Israeli and Armenian influences are mouthwatering. Chicken legs with oranges and fennel? Grilled eggplant with a saffron sauce and pomegranate seeds? Such great combinations!

Platters full of salads greet customers as they arrive at NOPI and the menu celebrates bold flavours. NOPI’s menu changes according to the seasons but signature dishes include courgette and manouri fritters, coriander seed-crusted burrata with slices of blood orange and twice-cooked baby chicken with lemon myrtle salt and chilli jam.

The ground floor at NOPI has a more formal design, with white and golden accents, while the basement with its two long canteen tables has an informal setting and you can peek into the vibrant kitchen.

NOPI serves breakfast, lunch, pre-theatre and dinner menus. You might want to book a table in advance, since the restaurant is often fully booked. Make your online reservation here.