How good does that plate of food look? I wish I was there right now tucking into all that deliciousness instead of just writing about it! My friends and I went to Ottolenghi after a long day of running and yoga-ing on Galentine’s Day and it really was the perfect way to end a brilliant day. We went to the Ottolenghi in Spitalfields and I was so excited to tuck into their fare. I had been there once before and the memories of that day had made my stomach very eager for this second visit.
Before it was time for the food though it was time for a coffee. The City Fittie who has been to Ottolenghi a lot more often than I really recommended their lattes saying they were, and I quote, ‘the best lattes I’ve ever had’. High praise indeed and I was very happy to test them and see if I also agreed.
Two words: I did.
I love coffee but I am by no means a connoisseur. I am always happy to try different ones from different places but the only thing I am adamant about is that I will never add any sugar to my coffee: I love the flavour too much to make it sweeter. This latte was perfect – it didn’t burn my mouth when I drank it and left me wanting more once I had finished. in fact once the meal was over we all had another one.
Ottolenghi’s menu is split into a main section and a salad section and you have the choice of only sticking with the salad or of having a main and a salad. Last time I had three salads, this time I went for a main and two salads. I ended up with the best looking plate ever and it was made up of rosemary and saffron polenta, grilled broccoli with chilli and garlic, and sweet potato wedges with roasted red onion, tahini and za’atar. Just look at it, it’s a thing of beauty.
The wonderful thing was that it tasted as good as it looked, if not better. The garlic in that broccoli made my day and I loved the saffron in the polenta.
I would have loved to have had more mains but Ottolenghi has a very impressive range of desserts and I had seen a victoria sponge on the way in which I had my eye on.
It was absolutely delicious. I found the sponge itself to be a little dry but with the cream and raspberries I was very happy to tuck in and finish it all. To be fare even without the cream and berries I would have finished it (I hate wasting food!)
If you ever can go and eat in Ottolenghi: go and try their food and their coffees. They aren’t by any means the cheapest place I have ever eaten at but the quality of the ingredients and sophistication of the flavours more than justifies the higher price point.