Saturday, June 26, 2010

London -- Ottolenghi

This being our first time in London since discovering Ottolenghi - The Cookbook, my wife and I set out to Islington to try the lively, casual restaurant where it all began. We were with three other people so had a chance to sample many of the items on the menu.

The food was as interesting as the cookbook promises, especially the vegetable dishes (particularly the artichokes, asparagus and peas that are just in season), although fish, meat and desserts are also excellent. The tastes are very pure, carefully enhanced - not smothered - by spices that hint at the Middle Eastern (West and East Jerusalem) origins of the two owners.

Unusual food in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Bobby Jay

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