Did I ever tell you about the first time I had lunch at Ottolenghi in Notting Hill?
Probably not, it’s one of those “I’ve been meaning to blog about…” moments I never seem to get around to, but with these too-tempting-not-to-share photos, I guess it’s better late than never.
It does feel like a lifetime ago, but it’s a good memory to have – it’s the kind you think back on fondly when you’re stuck eating a boring lunch at your desk.
While in Paris on vacation, we caught the first train into London and spent a day traipsing London; we went from exploring Bankside to joining little friends for playtime at Regent’s Park.
We wound up in Notting Hill later on and it just felt like kismet that we’d have a late lunch at Ottolenghi.
I love the Plenty and Jerusalem cookbooks, all the recipes I’ve cooked from them have been excellent!
It’s my kind of food – fresh, simple and comforting plant-based foods that uses exciting ingredients and techniques.
Needless to say, I’m enamoured with ‘Ottelenghi food’ and the little restaurant in Notting Hill did not disappoint.
The food is just like the recipes in the cookbooks, exceptional and enticing.
The space is beautiful, with resplendent displays of mounds of cakes, tarts, pies, salads, grilled vegetables and other appetizers. It’s a heavenly colourful spread, and the food is truly delicious.
We ate a small memorable feast, a roasted fennel salad with dill, a few ladles of that pictured heaped basmati and wild rice salad and some grilled wild Scottish salmon. The space is small with limited communal table at the back of the restaurant, it manages to be cozy and welcoming.
We got dessert to go and walked down to a little park nearby and enjoyed our sinfully delicious slices of moist chocolate cake with coffee and good conversation – of course, we chided our Europe-residing friends for not hopping trains every weekend to do this sort of thing.
We walked some more afterwards, perused the shops on Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove, picked up more cookbooks and fell in love with the neighbourhood’s row of colourful houses.
Ottolenghi – Notting Hill
63 Ledbury Road
London W11 2AD
Oh my goodness!!!! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your photos with all of us. This place looks truly fantastic. If I ever go to London, I must visit. Love your photos, Elsa 🙂2 February, 2015 at 2:08 pm
Thank you Pang! and yes, it’s definitely a must visit in you’re ever in London 🙂2 February, 2015 at 7:18 pm
Hi Elsa, I found your blog on BlogHer and it instantly caught my eye. Your photos are amazing… and this place looks equally as amazing!!! thanks for sharing 🙂2 February, 2015 at 6:27 pm
Hi there, so nice to meet you and thanks for checking this little space out, I’m so glad you like it:) but I’m even glader (I know that is not a word) to have discovered yours… can’t wait to try some of your recipes. I’m drooling over your no-bake peanut butter balls, Yum!2 February, 2015 at 7:29 pm