Not so long ago, I journeyed back to London to visit a good friend, Maddie, who was over from Australia. It’s been over seven months since I moved from London and its commuter belt, and, let me tell you, it was quite strange going back. Turns out, I’m not a big city gal at heart. I much prefer the quieter paced life of the West Country, and although Bristol is a medium-sized city, it’s got nothing on London. However, there are a number of things I miss about London, one of them being a favourite foodie spot of mine, Ottolenghi’s.
Ottolenghi’s in Notting Hill is one of five restaurants/delis started by Ottolenghi, an Israeli-born British chef who’s cooking-style is rooted in his Middle Eastern upbringing. His food is delicious, and I highly recommend picking up one of his recipe books. The Notting Hill deli is always a good choice, not only because it’s a pretty walk getting there, but also because it’s close to another favourite place of mine, Daunt Books.
While the deli in Notting Hill does have a small table at the back, it’s always full, so this place is perfect for stocking up on your picnic items and heading to nearby Holland Park. Which is exactly what we did!
And take a look at the food on offer! Just walk into this place and I guarantee your mouth will drool and your belly will grumble with anticipation. The brilliant colours and beautiful displays of food are so enticing, and you’ll definitely order way too much!
Roasted sweet potato with masala yoghurt, fried kale and barberries
Grilled mixed peppers with Lebanese couscous
Seared English beef fillet with horseradish, rocket and wholegrain mustard sour cream & Chicken, courgette and cumin burgers with tzatziki.
Oh and did I mention the desserts?!
Is your mouth watering yet?
And last but not least, my favourite…
As you can imagine, it took us a while to make our choices. In the end, we opted for the seared beef, sweet potato, grilled aubergine and the roasted cauliflower. And for dessert? Well, it had to be the flourless chocolate cake for me, and Maddie went for the peach and blueberry meringue slice.
With the sun shining and our belly’s full, it was a pretty great trip back to London! Until next time, Ottolenghi’s.