We’re in Berlin now, about to head out to dinner… we’ve walked about a million miles, and it feels nice to sit down and rest for a few minutes. Here are some snaps from our first night in London at Nopi… Ottolenghi’s newest restaurant. A big thank you to all of the readers who left comments recommending it!
Jack started with a bourbon sour (pictured above). I had wine, but if I had been a little less jetlagged, I would have gotten a cocktail called The Saffron Chase (gin, elderflower liquer, lemon juice, saffron syrup & champagne). I’m still kicking myself a little bit for not trying it…
I gushed over the decor – especially all of the gold accents and shiny subway tiles (when you see photos of my kitchen you’ll understand how much I love subway tiles).
For our meal, we shared the aubergine with feta & pomegranate (the dish that’s on the cover of the book Plenty), pea & broad bean fritters with cardamom yogurt (which didn’t make pretty photos, but tasted amazing)… portabello mushroom farro with leeks (probably our favorite), cod with sweet corn puree, and roasted beets.
I’ve cooked a good many dishes at home from the cookbook (with much success), so I was really excited to taste the food at the actual restaurant(s). The best way I can really describe the difference is that the flavors were somehow brighter, the flavors more distinct and the seasonings more perfect. Hopefully I can lock those flavors in my mind to take back home to my own kitchen experiments.