Israeli-born chef and restaurateur Yottam Ottolenghi has made a name for himself with heavenly recipe books and a small chain of restaurants across London serving beautifully fresh and authentic Middle Eastern dishes.
A staple Soho foodie hotspot since it opened five years ago, Nopi is the stylish, sophisticated older sister to Ottolenghi’s popular all-day delis. With a similar ethos (always freshly made and never with preservatives) to Ottolenghi, Nopi’s menu changes in line with the seasons and utilises the best of local produce.
Breakfast at Nopi is a treat: the polished marble and gold brass interior feels formal but equally welcoming, it’s fancy without the eye-watering prices of nearby Mayfair (everything is under £10). The usual eggs/mushroom/salmon and sourdough breakfast options make an appearance but it’s the indulgent French Toast (with star anise sugar and orange yoghurt), Black Rice (with coconut milk and mango) and Shakshuka – an Ottolenghi favourite – that keep Nopi firmly on our favourite foodie map. Trust is when we say that if you’re a Shakshuka virgin, this is the place to try it.
Nopi is somewhere to take your parents, go for a business meeting and have a catch-up with friends: the food is deliciously consistent, the menu caters for every taste and you can actually make a reservation, something most Soho eateries have thrown out the window in recent years. It might not be new or the most groundbreaking restaurant but Nopi is still one of our favourite places to eat in central London.