Ottolenghi… I’ve dreamt to visit one of the delis for a long time… To try the cakes of course!
I don’t remember how I first heard about Ottolenghi. But everybody living in London will sooner rather than later hear this name.
For those who don’t know, Yotam Ottolenghi is a British based Chef, cookery writer and restaurant owner.
He actually owns 2 delis, 1 deli-restaurant and 1 restaurant.
The delis are famous for their cakes, salads as well as pantry and fresh ingredients such as ketchup, granola, jam…
To visit an Ottolenghi deli has been on my list of things to do it London for a long time. But as my list is long and time flies in London, I never found the opportunity before last week.
Indeed, last week, my boyfriend and I were wandering in Belgravia when we passed by chance in front of one of the deli.
I was in awe in front of the cakes and couldn’t resist. It was fate! And we don’t play with fate!
So we entered and took a look at all the different cakes.
The choice was not an easy one but we managed to be reasonable and to only select 3 cakes: a flourless orange and almond cake with a chocolate ganache, a white chocolate and raspberry cake and a rhubarb tart.
What I didn’t know was that the delis are more take-away shops. The one in Belgravia only has a communal table of 6 and a few tables outside. But it was our lucky day because 2 seats were free, waiting for us. To be honest, I would have been extremely disappointed if we couldn’t have eaten the cakes on the spot. I was mouthwatering and couldn’t have waited any longer.
The cakes were served on colourful plates.
I found the courage to take some pictures before starting the serious business.
I have a system: I always keep the best for the end. As I’m not a huge fan an rhubarb, I started by the tart. I was pleasantly surprised because it wasn’t sour as I expected. I continued with the chocolate and orange cake. Excellent, as expected. And I finished with the raspberry cake. Delicious, better than expected.
We had also ordered some drinks, a tea and a chocolate. The chocolate was good but the cup was too small!
I will be back to try other cakes. And maybe a salad too.
The delis are located in Belgravia and Notting Hill. The deli-restaurant is in Islington. And NOPI restaurant is in Soho.