Rivet's review 1
This was simply a very fine restaurant in which to spend Saturday lunchtime. Bustling; professional; welcoming; and extremely flavourful food as you'd expect from Ottolenghi. It's not inexpensive, but if you know that beforehand and you're not put off by that, then it should be a very enjoyable experience.
Nopi hits the spot
Loved everything about Nopi. Excellent food choices, great flavours, attentive staff, great buzz1 Design is a big feature too, right down to the interior of the ladies loo. You will have to visit to see what I mean ! Will certainly make future visits.
Great food, okay value
Really wonderful food and ambiance at NOPI, and it was a MUST while we visited London. That being said, the portion sizes were quite small (we had to go eat something afterward). May just be our American sensibilities kicking in, but for the price, I feel we should have gotten a bit of a larger portion.
Great flavours and excellant service. Will be back!
It was a very outstanding
It was a very outstanding experience - the food and service. We have been served as in a friends house.
I love the tasty vegetarian options even though I am a big meat eater!
A Birthday Lunch
Delicious food, lovely wine, a free extra dish, fantastic and well informed waitress from Aukland. And looked after the phone we left!
Lovely treat on a Friday
The restaurant was beautiful , tables set far apart enough so you couldn't overhear other diners's conversations.The food was delicious - and met all expectations . I met my friend who was visiting from NY & she's also an avid fan. We had a lovely time.
Overall good food but lacked a certain zing! Taste buds woken up but not wowed. Tried 6-7 share plates. Best flavour was cheesecake. Main courses a little full. Drinks menu great. Service excellent. Ambience lively but still able to hold a conversation.
NOPI - amazing!!
Absolutely incredible food. I don't live in London but have been back to NOPI twice in one month whilst traveling to London on two separate occasions as I was just so impressed by the food, service, ambience, etc.
As a vegetarian it's important to me to be able to find restaurants that offer high quality and healthy foods that don't contain any fish or meat. NOPI's menu is simple but provides a wide variety of options for diners. I can't wait to go back again soon!!
I recommend this restaurant to anyone. For special occasions or just a comfortable dining experience. Book in advance, you wouldn't want to miss out!
something to write home about
We tried several times, when in London, to get a booking at Nopi, well this time we suceeded. It was an outstanding experience in every respect. Being an ayurveda-chef I follow Yotam Ottolenghi's kitchen for quite a while. So good we had a chance to taste these surprising (aromas, presentations) of dishes.The idea of food sharing is brilliant, we know this in Switzerland only in Meze restaurants. We sure will recommend Nopis to our friends and business partners in London and abroad.
Food alchemy at it's best
Terrific food - simple with fresh ingredients and outstanding dressings/sauces. A mixture of starters is a good way of tasting several options on the menu and we weren't disappointed with this approach. Every bit was eaten with gusto and we were in awe at the blend of flavours which really worked. Wine by the glass was a bit disappointing but didn't detract from a wonderful food experience. Service was attentive without being over the top. Highly recommended for anyone yearning taste with a difference
Delicious and perfect for Coeliacs
We had a fabulous and delicious dinner. I would recommend this to everyone who wants something a little different from the more traditional menus on offer across London.
Incredible flavours and most importantly, lots of options for a Coeliac diner.
Big thumbs up.
Perfect pre-theatre dinner
All the food was delicious, intricate and unique. The service was very fast, helpful and friendly. The deserts didn't quite match up to the extremely high standards of the rest of the meal.
Great flavour interactions
The main reason I go out for lunch or dinner is to get something I wouldn't think (or be able) to create at home. NOPI is an excellent venue for an experience like this. We shared five dishes from the 'starters/dishes to share' section, and most were that unique combination of interesting and tasty. I particularly liked the roasted aubergine with feta, pickled cucumbers and pumpkin seeds (added a lovely crunch). The best dishes were definitely from the fish section: the smoked eel and scallops were delicious; cooked to perfection (i.e. not too much) The cocktails are excellent - I highly recommend the coriander and ginger martini.
sleek, fashionable, delicious
NOPI's style is light and golden. The waitor made a good wine recommendation. Perfect for sharing several small dishes to experience different tastes and flavours. It has a view onto the kitchen downstairs which is worth checking out.
Great food, not very warm waiters
We are a "foodie" Belgian/Spanish couple and eating out is the main focus of our trips!, plus we had been looking forward to trying Ottolenghi's food for a while. The food here was so nice, we mainly ordered dishes made with vegetables (courgette fritters, burrata, etc.), and we were surprised of how sophisticated and tasty they were!, although people tend to think vegetables are boring... (we don't!).
The only problem we found was the waiters: they were cold and not very interactive. (However, the ladies who welcome you and sit you down at your table were lovely and very smiley).
The ambience, the decoration, the toilets!, were great.
Even the price, we thought that being London and being Ottolenghi, was very reasonable. Thanks.
More sub £30 wine options please!
The food at Nopi is generally very good. We shared a couple of the small plates to start - aubergine and chicken - which were amazing, really tasty, but unfortunately the mains were a bit of a let down. We had the chickpea patties which were good and the snapper which was not so good - dry, overcooked and lacking the flavour and tastiness of the starters. On this basis I would recommend sticking to the small plates.
The real let down however was the wine list. We don't usually mind splashing out on wine, but with just one red and one white option under £30 and everything else on the list a long way north of that, our bill easily topped £150 for 2 people, despite quite restrained ordering, so I think I'd only go back again for brunch/lunch.
Great food, service and layout.
Great food, service and layout.
Outside of Soho restaurant not special; had we not heard of Ottolenghi we would have missed it.
Very Good but is it worth it?
Although the food was all quite tasty (we ordered a selection of 10 dishes to share between four of us) and the service very good, I left the restaurant feeling slightly unfulfilled and lighter in my wallet than felt necessary for the food consumed.
The food was great, we were surprised by the tastes that entered our mouth. Especially the cheesecake with beet root en blue cheese was outstanding...
The service was perfect.
One remark: in the 2 hours we had available in NOPI, the food was served witihin the first hour. So our 7 dishes to share were served very quickly after each other. So we were a bit hurried with eating and that was a pity. This made us 'stuffed'very quickly...
Amazing as always
Nopi is always reliable for its good food, even as it continues to surprise with inventive dishes. The truffle polenta fries are a must-try, the valdeón cheesecake was incredible and I had to ask our server if they sold the Halva ice cream by the tub. Service was busy but attentive and provided great banter. The ambience was perfect - classy but friendly. It was a fantastic dinner and I can't wait to return again.
The menu is difficult to understand and needs explanations from the staff, which is OK, but we were advised that 2 or 3 sharing plates would be enough per person but the portions are incredibly small (though delicious) and I am a small eater, so how someone with a large appetite would cope, I don't know!
And afterwards, I ordered a glass of Calvados without looking at the price, and it was £12! Outrageous in a place where you are rushed to leave the table as you only get a two hour slot to eat. Given that we took a long time to order as the menu needs interpreting, we didn't actually have much time to eat and relax.
If you are looking for some
If you are looking for some different breakfast options but somewhere the atmosphere and quality of food is high this is the place.
Buzzy but not too clattery.
Great service - maybe a bit fast for some people, but suited us.
Big Otto Lenghi fan so was
Big Otto Lenghi fan so was looking forward to trying Nopi - it did not dissapoint - the food looked and tasted delicious, wonderful flavours well presented and very good service. Will definitely be recommending NOPI and will be booking again.
Loved Nopi! Something for
Loved Nopi! Something for everyone. Excellent flavor combinations, well executed and a dynamic atmosphere. Will return often!
The venue was beautiful, it smelled of the most incredible herbs and spices upon entering the door, and the service was fantastic. The food is stunning and I can't wait to visit again.
Went to Nopi with two real foodies and they were very impressed. Fantasic food, flavours and presentation is top notch. Also to staff is super friendly and professional (something I wouldn't always expect from a hyped, sort of expesive place as they sometimes tend to get full of themselves). Great evening!
Unique tastes, sparkling staff
The hostess, Basha, is a gem: so helpful, charming, and warm. We had the cheesecake, a souffle made of Valdeon cheese, the chicken (exquisite), red snapper, polenta fries and brocolli raabe with a garlicky dressing. The desserts: halva ice cream, sesame, and tahini was excellent as was the blueberry mess. The room is full of light; downstairs would be good too, sharing with others.
Delicious but disappointed veggies
I went here with family, 3 of whom are vegetarian. Having seen Mr Ottolenghi's recipes, my mother was looking forward to some delicious vegetarian options, however there was only one veggie main course option.
Most disappointing, particularly as I had written to warn them of our situation.
Overall though, a great restaurant, yummy food and wonderful service.
Good as always
If you like the strong flavours and interesting combinations that Ottolenghi produces then NOPI is fabulous . Start with a Coriander & Ginger Vodka Martini to sharpen your palate the don't bother with the main courses just order as many of the sharing plates as you can manage. You won't be disappointed!
We enjoyed very much the Sunday lunch in Nopi, every aspect of it. Great place!
His books have become all the rage in NYC. Unfortunate I cannot seem to get them right. So I had to go to the restaurant and see for myself. Loved the duck--just perfect.
Service was great. Knowledgable servers.
Great food, well cooked and
Great food, well cooked and presented. A little pricey for what you get as share plates are small and you need at least three each to make a decent meal but great if you just want a small light meal. Very tasty food. Fabulous Loo !
fine atmosphere and realy
fine atmosphere and realy nice food. Loved the napkinring - you should sell it ! Unpleasent hostess was cross, because we arrived at 7 pm, claimed we had booked for 6.30 pm which we did not.
We shall come again, when we are next in London. We live in Denmark.
Love this restaurant
I just loved the food. Great service too. An absolute gem. Can't recommene highly enough. Just go and experience yourself.
great food. tiny portions
Excellent food. Miniscule portions, esp of the meat options. I don't think four slivers of beautifully cooked lamb justifies the 12 pound price tag. Despite excellent service and atmosphere, I won't be coming again.
This restaurant was absolutely buzzing on Friday evening with queues waiting for their tables but well looked after at the bar. The food and service are exceptionally good, I absolutely recommend it. Not cheap, but offering very unusual options including a meze of starter dishes or having a main course if preferred. We did both. Although we were completely full after this we were tempted to share a dessert of chocolate, spiced hazelnuts and orange oil. Divine! this is the kind of restaurant you want to keep returning to. It doesn't have the range of choice of Ottolenghi in Islington but it does have more choice in terms of communal versus private dining. Personally I do prefer the latter plus it is conveniently located in town.
Delicious food in a great
Delicious food in a great setting. The tastes and textures were delightful and the service while unhurried was attentive. There was a nice eclectic mixed crowd and a convivial atmosphere. It was a tad loud and very busy as well but this is to be expected in London. Highly recommended.
Delicious and stimulating
Was wary of choosing a celebrity restaurant and was pleasantly surprised. The food was imaginative and beautifully cooked. Very nice atmosphere: professional and friendly. There was grappa and a waitress who could quote Apollinaire. It was my husband's birthday treat and I'd take him again.
Amazing breadth of tastes
I took my Mother to Nopi for her birthday lunch and we had a great meal. The food was beautifully prepared with unusual ingredients and combinations.
Frantic but Flavoursome
Took my wife and daughter here after a matinee at The Gielgud. We had been told the table was ours for one and a half hours and arrived promptly at 5.30. It was nearly six before we had our drinks and orders were taken so I found it difficult to relax. As the menu is somewhat unconventional I didn't find the explanations by the waitress particularly clear but decided to try a lot of different plates. The food was absolutely delicious as were the desserts. We had a great bottle of wine but beware that pricing is steep! I just felt that the ambience was too frantic for the considerable outlay and the service too stretched to really make me enjoy my visit. Might go again for the food but prefer to eat in a more welcoming atmosphere.
Best restaurant in London
My 3rd time there- still best restaurant of the town, so honest, so delicious, such a good value for money.
What a treat
We went to Nopi for breakfast. Each item of food on the plate was delicious on its own and when added together they were heavenly. Recommended.
What a treat!!
This meal was for a special occasion and it lived up to all the hype. Every mouthful was a delight and the sharing plate option allowed us to experience a range of dishes.
Usual Ottolenghi high standard
My partner and I visit the Islington Ottolenghi two or three times a year and went to Nopi with high expectations. We were not disappointed. I had the vegetarian mains option, spiced chickpea patties in coconut and curry leaf sauce, while my partner chose a selection of small dishes: roasted aubergine, pig's cheek, truffled polenta chips. Everything was bursting with the characteristic Ottolenghi combination of flavours which are unexpected but work perfectly. We followed with achingly delicious desserts. Perfect restaurant for veg (me) and non-veg (my partner) co-diners, with both equally and imaginatively catered for. Atmosphere was a little to busy for us (but it was Saturday night in Soho), but otherwise everything we had hoped for.
Attentive staff and splendid food. A most satisfying treat on my wife's birthday who felt very special.
The food is absolutely outstanding, great location in Soho. The cheesecake with beet root is one of the best things I've ever tasted, but followed closely by the pork cheek, the lamb with celeriac and the burrata with coriander seeds. Simply amazing,
Worth any effort
We had one night for dinner out in London and went to Nopi. The food was fantastic! The rooms are very elegant and comfortable. I had the impresion that the choices here have been made with great care and sensativty to both food and decore one would expect at a destination restaurant like Chez Panisse where the food comes first and all other parts contribute to that end. Care is clearly taken with food sources to produce the best result. I will be sure to ad one of the cook books to my library. But I do not expect I can duplicate what they did in their restaurant. Thank you