Nopi

Price guide: Mid-range

21-22 Warwick Street, London, W1B 5NE

Price guide: Mid-range

Scallops with pickled daikon and green apple

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#83 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
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Ambience:
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Service:
3.8
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Location:
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Value for money:
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Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Singles, Design and architecture, People watching, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of Nopi

Nearly every foodie in London has had this place on their to-do list.

A proper restaurant from the founders of much-loved deli-café chain Ottolenghi – and a long time coming too – Nopi was bound to cause a stir on opening. Snaring a table can be difficult at peak times, but it’s worth it for the fresh thinking and fresh flavours that typify everything this team do.

Food and drink: 

A round-the-world trip for gastronauts. Tahini, sumac and kashk (fermented whey) line up alongside rhubarb, samphire and Brussels sprouts in an appealing list of sharing plates – about seven each of veg (and cheese), fish and meat dishes. Combinations are inspired, though the execution doesn’t always live up to expectation. The drinks list is sophisticated – the best spirits, a handful of clever cocktails, superb coffee – and they provide their own still or sparkling water free of charge. Kudos too for offering one of London’s most inventive breakfast menus.

Ambience: 

Light, bright and grown-up casual. Despite all the marble and gold it manages to avoid the feel of a Dubai hotel foyer with quirky touches such as coat hooks, paper tablecloths, and huge paintings of lemons.

Service: 

Food was slow to arrive but wait-staff hit the right note of relaxed professionalism. They’re well-briefed on the provenance of ingredients and how the dishes are made.

Location: 

West Soho, ideal for Regent Street shopping and Piccadilly Circus.

Price advice: 

Sharing plates are £5-£12, the high end featuring ingredients such as scallops and beef sirloin, though even some of the vegetarian dishes are pricey. They suggest ordering three savoury dishes per person, but you could stick to two each. At breakfast, expect to spend around £12 per head including drinks and service.

Other useful branches: 

Ottolenghi in Islington serves evening meals of similar globe-trotting flavours.

More information on Nopi:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Brasserie, Restaurant
Food:
Fusion, Mediterranean, Modern
Address:
21-22 Warwick Street, London, W1B 5NE
Telephone:
020 7494 7584
Website:
http://www.nopi-restaurant.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 8am-2.45pm, 5.30-11.30pm; Sat 9am-11.30pm; Sun 10am-4pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Ottolenghi

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