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Mediterranean Restaurant and Middle Eastern Restaurant££££
Islington, London
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  • Cornelia R.
    "Chocolate Baileys cake and a Mocca = chocolate heaven"(3 Tips)
    "Try the Passion fruit and meringue tart"(9 Tips)
    PDT B.
    "The complementary corn bread with olive oil is to die for!!"(5 Tips)
    Ieva L.
    "healthy food place"(17 Tips)
175 Tips and reviews
  • healthy food
  • cake
  • lively
  • vegetarian food
  • desserts
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  • Susanna S.
    Susanna SooAugust 11, 2015
    Easily became one of my favourite restaurant in London. Tasty, healthy, great range of organic wines, some of the best deserts I have had. I will keep coming back for more!!
  • Edd
    EddJuly 18, 2016
    Their mains shine but make sure there's space for desserts. The carrot walnut cake with cream cheese and chocolate cake with rum were one the best ones I've ever had.
  • Chantelle T.
    Chantelle TangOctober 5, 2015
    Such a good variety of fresh salads and mains. I had the salmon with the butternut squash and the aubergine salad. For dessert, the chocolate cake with baileys in the middle. Will definitely return!
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevisOctober 19, 2013
    Considering the price, one of the best restaurants I have had the pleasure of visiting in many years. Cakes are incredible. Baileys chocolate cake and passion fruit tart were both outstanding.
  • Sussie Q.
    Sussie QDecember 10, 2012
    Everything is good in there, food, coffee, atmosphere, service, maybe not so much of the queue.. but is worth to queue for a great food!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatMarch 27, 2012
    Be sure to book a table in advance for this popular restaurant! The food is absolutely delicious, but be careful not to fill up too fast because you do not want to miss the deserts!
  • Orianne C.
    Second time I have been at Ottolenghi and as always food was tasty, wine perfect and the service great. They offered me to taste a quirky wine before deciding. Much appreciated !
  • Irina
    IrinaJanuary 16, 2015
    Simply delicious. French toasts are huge, lunch menu is quite diverse & good value for money. Be sure to try aubergines.
  • Jade L.
    Jade L.February 16, 2013
    You must order the roasted aubergine with turmeric yoghurt and pomegranate seeds salad AND the roasted butternut squash salad! Vegetables have never tasted this amazing.
  • Zuz
    ZuzApril 16, 2016
    This is just not fair.. Everything looks so amazing. Order everything! Bare in mind you might wait in a long queue
  • Xuan L.
    Xuan LimFebruary 16, 2014
    Best croissant outside of Paris, faultless service, and a window display to die for. Get here around 10am and you won't have to wait for a table.
  • Vic M.
    Vic McGinMay 1, 2015
    Book in advance for dinner. Beautiful salads, cakes, coffee, wine, everything! Get in at 8 for breakfast, or be prepared to line with grumpy mums with prams.
  • citizenM
    citizenMMay 3, 2016
    The use of lentils, figs, asparagus, fennel, basil, goat's cheese and hummus, among other things is outstanding. Read more
  • Olly W.
    Olly WiltonApril 24, 2015
    Bacon leek and parmesan quiche with roasted aubergine, almonds and curry cauliflower with yogurt. Outstanding
  • Fatima A.
    Fatima Al-HalwachiFebruary 26, 2015
    The Shakshuka is a breakfast must try! A new fave of mine. Love the middetearanean flavors & presentation
    hotel.infoOctober 4, 2011
    Had T/A for dinner in Islington Green on a warm night. Rosewater salad and the roasted aubergine dish were fave! The coriander sauce with the beef was really good too. Read more
  • Kurt H.
    Kurt HaaNovember 3, 2015
    great desserts! Lively place, friendly staff, ridiculously expensive dishes, and uninteresting menu & wine list.... Ideal spot for insecure & wannabe people
  • Trish L.
    Trish LimJuly 29, 2014
    Really enjoyed the red quinoa, basmati rice and broad beans salad. Everything else on the menu is good though, how can salad taste this good!
  • La Dolce Vita
    La Dolce VitaDecember 16, 2012
    Roasted aubergine with turmeric yoghurt and pomegranate seeds (Time Out London's 100 Best Dishes)
  • Michael W.
    Michael WozniakDecember 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The best scrambled eggs I have ever had. Also, amazing selection of desserts. Love coming back.
  • Zohar M.
    Zohar Manor-AbelFebruary 3, 2013
    I come to Ottolenghi especially for the deserts. They are amazing in general but do try the double-chocolate cake. There is nothing like it.
  • Stephanie A.
    Stephanie AllenJuly 8, 2015
    Such a fun experience! Really interesting food combinations and friendly, helpful servers. Definitely ask staff for food and drink recommendations.
  • Yoga W.
    Yoga With EduardoFebruary 6, 2016
    Love this place the food is really good but it's slightly over rated because it's always too busy. I recommend maybe just grabing some take away
  • Suzi E.
    Suzi Edwards-AlexanderMarch 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The apple and sultana cake with maple frosting is the best cake. Ask for your coffee extra hot- they tend to serve it very luke warm.
  • Nick F.
    Nick FMarch 10, 2013
    Order lots and share. The chocolate fondant cake is delightful. Giant meringues look good but very awkward to eat.
  • Scoffers
    ScoffersMay 27, 2013
    Delicious food but very expensive! Save it for a special occasion (when you're not paying). Read our full review on Scoff London:
  • Jack H.
    Jack HaynesDecember 15, 2014
    Splendid just for a takeout coffee - incredible aromas in the mocha. One day I'll be able to afford to book for a meal.
  • Maria M.
    Maria MouskouMay 1, 2011
    My fav for breakfast & lunch during the week. Go for breakfast during the week and before 1230 for lunch if want to avoid long queues. Crazy on w/ends.
  • Frankie R.
    Frankie RobertoDecember 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Go early or late for breakfast / brunch to avoid the queue. Communal tables and hard surfaces mean it can be noisy, but the food is excellent.
  • Ieva L.
    Ieva LekaviciuteJanuary 31, 2015
    Amazing and inspired healthy food place that is also pocket-friendly. Flourless chocolate cake is heaven on Earth...
  • Dimitar M.
    Dimitar MilanovFebruary 12, 2016
    What a place! Great selection of cold and hot dishes, awesome atmosphere and some good wine. Book well in advance.
  • Gerry B.
    Gerry BolgerMay 4, 2014
    Amazing service and seated at the top of the table can see all the food offerings. The service & staff are excellent.
  • Andy A.
    Andy AshburnerJune 22, 2010
    I'd second the chargrilled brocolli. In fact, this has to be one of the best restaurants I've been to. Find yourseld nearby definitely brave the queues. Awesome!
  • Katja
    KatjaJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You can also buy signed Ottolenghi's cookery books there. Go for Plenty if you are a vegetarian or for The Cookbook if you are a meat eater.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammNovember 29, 2014
    Don't skimp on the veggies; some of the best dishes are "from the counter".
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    how about ‘pan fried plaice with dill risotto, mixed mushrooms and rosemary oil? But really everything is amazing here! Read more
  • Brian
    BrianOctober 13, 2014
    The HoCho is slightly alcoholic, and spiced with nutmeg (among others). Have it with the Bailey's loaf cake
  • Sachin D.
    Sachin DsouzaOctober 21, 2013
    Roasted aubergine with turmeric yoghurt is magical but the chocolate fondant will make you believe in God!
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMarch 27, 2012
    Yotam Ottolenghi’s flagship café-brasserie in Islington remains as popular as ever. You can’t book a table for breakfast, so people queue. Read more
  • Claudius H.
    Bread platter is one of the rare opportunities in London to taste proper sourdough. Yummy!
  • Katy Z.
    Katy ZackFebruary 3
    The best desserts to take away. Always impresses people when you show up with a box from here.
  • Jake D.
    Jake DylanOctober 7, 2016
    Fantastic food at a very reasonable price. Perfect for date night or just quality food.
  • Lucas
    LucasOctober 11, 2015
    Food is great, service is even better. Not many vegan options, despite foursquare saying so.
  • Adam K.
    Adam KemenyMay 2, 2011
    Fantastic food, fresh and healthy. Wish we had more of the tuna. Two pieces seemed a little small portion wise. Wine list seemed pretty expensive
  • Oli I.
    Oli Isaacs1 week ago
    Food here is amazing but prices recently hiked by about 25% making for less good value than before
  • Rosie J.
    Rosie JonesAugust 5, 2013
    The service is a nightmare. Best time to go is on a sunny day, get a takeaway lunch and escape the madness.
  • Tammy C.
    Tammy Cowan - LearnDecember 23, 2011
    Love their cornbread - I've been trying to duplicate it at home for years. Cheeky Ottolenghi didn't put the recipe in his cook book.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SmallwoodJune 13, 2011
    Get here early, it's the busiest cafe on Upper Street by far!
  • Diana J.
    Diana JanickiNovember 6, 2009
    The chargrilled brocoli salad with chili is fantastic (healthy). The kahlua cream filled chocolate mini cakes are to die for. (sinful) And the passionfruit cream filled Meringue tarts are cosmic Read more
  • Mark K.
    Mark KacaryNovember 20, 2016
    What's not good here is the question and the answer is nothing. It's all excellent
  • Yael Maytal
    Yael MaytalSeptember 13, 2014
    The cakes are all delicious
  • A B.
    A BNovember 30, 2014
    For breakfast, I ordered the French toast which isn't really "on brand". It was more savory and eggy than sweet and indulgent. It was fine but I wouldn't order it again. Excellent service though.
  • Anastasia
    AnastasiaJanuary 15, 2015
    All the cakes are amazing, but lemon and mascarpone tart is my personal favourite.
  • Kiwi W.
    Kiwi WangOctober 5, 2016
    Everything his cookbooks promise and more. Small and casual and perfect!
  • Lewis T.
    Lewis TApril 18, 2015
    Pricey but beautiful and delicious cakes. Worth it.
  • Jana v.
    Jana von OehsenNovember 3, 2013
    Wonderful place! Everything is sooooo tasty, a must in London :)
  • Rosa
    RosaAugust 29, 2011
    A bit pricey, but some of the cakes are to die for. Try the Passion fruit and meringue tart Read more
  • Dee W.
    Dee WuJanuary 10, 2016
    Lovely mix of flavours on offer. Even simplest of dishes are delicious!
  • Li-May
    Li-MayAugust 5, 2016
    Very original salads, amazing desserts! Could have more smiles..
  • Christopher K.
    Really. Really. Good. Food. Tasty but also very healthy. Service was great too.
  • Jordi L.
    Jordi LlobetDecember 4, 2014
    I thought that would be better. Nice brunch but nothing special. I recommend just the cakes, amazing.
  • Jesper B.
    Jesper BröringMarch 28, 2015
    Salads are amazing! Loved the beans and the turmeric rice!
  • Kalilia Z.
    Kalilia ZehuditMarch 2, 2013
    Delicious desserts, especially the passion fruit tart. However, I always find the staff rude.
  • Davina R.
    Davina RudieDecember 21, 2015
    Lovely food , fresh and varied especially for vegetarians. Quality !
  • Greg O.
    Greg OhmJune 27, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best salads and yummy desserts. Get the shakshouka eggs for breakfast.
  • yelena_
    yelena_May 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    go for early lunch. try the aubergine. and everything else. & keep an eye out for the man himself.
  • Sai Preeti
    Sai PreetiOctober 22, 2013
    Get the chocolate rum cake with the custard - its f#^*%|! AMAZING!
  • Stavroula K.
    Stavroula KonidariMarch 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Mascarpone lemon tart is the world's best.
  • Allan S.
    Allan SheriffJanuary 30, 2015
    Totally overrated...Just loads of beetroots that looked great, tasted uninteresting. Lamb was delicious.
  • Oliver B.
    Oliver BeattieFebruary 5, 2012
    Without question the worlds greatest purveyor of takeaway salads and baked goods.
  • Diane
    DianeAugust 14, 2013
    Fave picks tonight were the chocolate bailey cake & the passion fruit meringue tart hmmm.
  • Enna m.
    Enna mk2 weeks ago
    Meringue is heavenly- crunchy outside and chewy inside. Don't forget to grab a bag of granola: trust me, it will brighten your morning!
    NOWNESSSeptember 20, 2011
    LONDON: Chef Yotam Ottolenghi's eponymous eatery has gone from an upscale take-out joint in Notting Hill to a four-outpost culinary sensation Read more
  • Vanessa
    VanessaJuly 18, 2012
    Really tasty food and a great selection of wholesome vegetarian salads
  • James R.
    James ReidApril 12, 2015
    All the cakes here are AMAZING! Try them out on cheat day.
  • David F.
    David FJanuary 24, 2015
    Everything is good! Particularly the desserts. Amazing.
  • Wei-wei L.
    Wei-wei LinFebruary 12, 2013
    Bailey chocolate cake and vanilla apple cake are both perfect!
  • Jef W.
    Jef WegNovember 1, 2014
    Been here twice, french toast was good but the muesli and yogurt was much better for breakfast
  • Fatemah A.
    Fatemah AlmudaiheemDecember 27, 2013
    Don't miss there barnch and breakfast they have shakshoka ..v-healthy yummy .
  • Katerina K.
    Katerina KerrSeptember 21, 2015
    Lovely food. As you would expect from ottolenghi! Full of flavours and textures
  • Lucas
    LucasDecember 1, 2015
    Even though it says vegan on foursquare, there are only very few options.
  • Grace L.
    Grace LeeMarch 12, 2014
    Sea bass dish and spicy paneer were the standouts
  • Justin
    JustinJanuary 20, 2015
    Often busy - get a coffee & delicious cake (oh the cake!!) to go
  • George A.
    George AbaJanuary 21, 2015
    Unique place with inspired dishes! A vegan's heaven on earth.
  • Maria M.
    Maria MouskouMay 1, 2011
    The cornbread, spiced broccoli, aubergines with yogurt, and cheesecake are divine
  • Lindy S.
    Lindy StaadeckerJuly 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    At lunch time I always have the beef. Anything with aubergine or butternut is delicious. If I pop in for breakfast the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon is without a doubt the best I've ever had
    Downvoted Jun 6
  • Harriet R.
    Harriet RuffNovember 13, 2015
    Come here for a speedy lunch in the week. The salad is to die for and their breads are excellent. Plenty of choice for any vegetarians or gluten free fighters. Communal table is fun and quick!
    Downvoted Jun 6
  • Jill H.
    Jill HenryMarch 20, 2010
    The recipe book is fab, cannot praise it enough for their unlikely mix of ingredients that work just perfectly together every time!
  • PDT B.
    PDT BlogDecember 3, 2016
    My fave on upper street! Don't leave without trying the beef pastille, octopus and tuna, you won't regret it. Fabulous selection of wines. The complementary corn bread with olive oil is to die for!!
    Downvoted Jun 6
  • Natasha M.
    The vegetables dishes from the counter were the highlights especially the aubergine. Seats not ideal as had there wasn't much room.
  • Corina M.
    Corina MöllerAugust 14, 2015
    Perfect for Lunch, try all the Salads :-)
  • Meric K.
    Meric KiOctober 23, 2015
    Delicious food, cozy atmosphere. Best for lunch!
  • John M.
    John McleanApril 21, 2010
    healthy vegetable lunch - then lemon polenta cake for an extra one to take away for breakfast. buy a signed book!
  • Jude
    JudeOctober 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Think they've updated the staff as well as the paintwork. Much friendlier and efficient now!
  • Hannes ☕.
    Hannes ☕November 4, 2014
    Try all of their unfiltered and spontaneously fermented wines!
  • Michiel J.
    Michiel JanssenJanuary 23
    Great place for a healthy lunch and a not so healthy desert
  • Brendan N.
    Brendan NelsonJune 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I'm not a big sweetcorn fan so when I say "you should have the sweetcorn pancakes", you can trust in my sincerity
  • Faye B.
    Faye BApril 6, 2013
    I recommend the Passion fruit meringue. The meringue is light and gooey.
  • Yanni
    YanniJune 22, 2012
    Roasted aubergine with turmeric yoghurt and pomegranate seeds Read more
  • Ministry of Waxing
    Ministry of WaxingSeptember 23, 2013
    Hit cookbooks have made this flagship branch of the burgeoning Ottolenghi empire a point of pilgrimage for foodies the world over.
  • Amaal A.
    Amaal AlOtaibiNovember 22, 2014
    كل شي فيه لذيذ👍 حسب الزحمة ممكن ماتلقى مكان، خدمة لطيفة وجودة عاليه جدا، أحب كيكة الليمون/ التين .. ناسية اساميهم وفيه باي بالبطاطا الحلوة جدا جدا لذيذة وسولت تشوكلت يستاهل التجربة 💔
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