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Mediterranean Restaurant and Middle Eastern Restaurant££££
Islington, London
  • The folks at Time Out London and New York Habitat like this place. Would you agree?
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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"(19 Tips)
184 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!
  • Orianne C.
    Orianne CormanMay 19, 2017
    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 !
  • 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!
  • Irina
    IrinaJanuary 16, 2015
    Simply delicious. French toasts are huge, lunch menu is quite diverse & good value for money. Be sure to try aubergines.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • citizenM
    citizenMMay 3, 2016
    The use of lentils, figs, asparagus, fennel, basil, goat's cheese and hummus, among other things is outstanding. Read more
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammNovember 29, 2014
    Don't skimp on the veggies; some of the best dishes are "from the counter".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brian
    BrianOctober 13, 2014
    The HoCho is slightly alcoholic, and spiced with nutmeg (among others). Have it with the Bailey's loaf cake
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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:
  • Sachin D.
    Sachin DsouzaOctober 21, 2013
    Roasted aubergine with turmeric yoghurt is magical but the chocolate fondant will make you believe in God!
  • Claudius H.
    Claudius HenrichsMarch 24, 2017
    Bread platter is one of the rare opportunities in London to taste proper sourdough. Yummy!
  • Katy Z.
    Katy ZackFebruary 3, 2017
    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.
  • Enna m.
    Enna mkJuly 30, 2017
    Meringue is heavenly- crunchy outside and chewy inside. Don't forget to grab a bag of granola: trust me, it will brighten your morning!
  • Lucas
    LucasOctober 11, 2015
    Food is great, service is even better. Not many vegan options, despite foursquare saying so.
  • Mark K.
    Mark KacaryNovember 20, 2016
    What's not good here is the question and the answer is nothing. It's all excellent
  • 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.
  • Oli I.
    Oli IsaacsAugust 6, 2017
    Food here is amazing but prices recently hiked by about 25% making for less good value than before
  • 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
  • Jane S.
    Jane ScarsbrookDecember 3, 2017
    Everything is good here - had a mix of four salads and an amazing cloudy dry prosecco
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SmallwoodJune 13, 2011
    Get here early, it's the busiest cafe on Upper Street by far!
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