LONDON | Yotam Ottolenghi needs no introductions, having become one of the most popular restaurateurs in London over the past decade. He’s released several cookbooks that have become staples in our household, had his own TV show, and owned several restaurants, one of the largest being his Ottolenghi deli in Spitalfields. The deli seats 70 people for dine in, and contains a convenient pack-to-order take away counter full of savoury and sweet treats for those in a rush. It’s a simple space with lots of white, cream, and wood finishes to create a welcoming, casual atmosphere.
The food here exhibits all the hallmarks of Ottolenghi’s food – vegetable heavy, flavoursome dishes influenced by his Jerusalem upbringing. Favorrites of ours include things like the roasted aubergine salad with ajo blanco, gooseberries, dukkah and dill, the roasted cauliflower salad with red onion, herbs, sumac yoghurt and pine nuts, and the kofta b’siniyah with tahini, pine nuts and parsley. For breakfast, you can’t go past the Middle Eastern breakfast, which features Middle Eastern salad, tahini and chickpeas with lemon and parsley, sheep labneh, mixed olives, lemon marmalade served with grilled pitta and za’atar focaccia. It’s all very delicious and you can’t go wrong no matter what you order.
We always grab a cake or two to-go before we leave, and if you want, there’s even a selection of products for the kitchen that you can purchase – think rices, spice, herbs, preserves, sauces and more.
50 Artillery Lane
London E1 7LS
Mon – Fri: 8:30am to 10:30pm
Sat: 9:00am to 10:30pm
Sun: 9:00am to 6:00pm