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Ottolenghi (Islington) *

Cakes and savouries to cross the Atlantic for
As close as London gets to food porn — along with outdoor Borough Market [see entry] — this not-quite-snooty Islington mecca for exquisite, innovative Mediterranean-inspired savouries and ridiculously beautiful cakes and tarts has raised the bar for takeout (UK = takeway) possibilities, with also sit-down accommodation both here and at its sibling spots in Notting Hill (at 63 Ledbury Rd – a tip-toe distance from Portobello Rd), Belgravia (13 Motcomb St) and Spitalfields (50 Artillery Lane, opened 2015). The name refers to Italian-Israeli owner, chef and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi, originally from Jerusalem, as is his Palestinian creative partner Sami Tamimi. And if you try just one cake, let it be the financier. The boutique-sized Kensington outlet closed summer 2013. Not cheap, but also not to be missed. In 2012 Ottolenghi opened an all-day full-on sit-down restaurant, NOPI, located at 21 Warwick St in Soho.

Tags: $$ - Standard, Gay-owned, Cafe / Bistro, Mediterranean, Patisserie

287 Upper St, Islington (Cross St)
London, England N1 2TZ

(020) 728-8145
Mon to Sat 8am—10.30pm; Sun 9am—7pm


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    jakedylan101 ·

    October 7, 2016 via foursquare tips

    Fantastic food at a very reasonable price. Perfect for date night or just quality food.
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    "I wish I could get a taco here — with Kelly"

    October 4, 2016 via foursquare

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    "Eating healthy with bae — with Kelly"

    October 4, 2016 via foursquare

    freshlyroasted ·

    September 1, 2016

    Quite nice - but definitely not worth waiting in line for - as we had to - there are plenty of others in Upper Street at least as good

  • September 1, 2016

    DavidOPerson ·

    July 27, 2016

    Difficult to find fault with this place. And the savouries are just as tasty as the sweets. However, the crowd can be a bit 'institutionalised Islington'.
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