NOPI - Downstairs, Sharing Tables

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Mediterranean

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Good Vegetarian Options
Communal dining, where you can observe the chefs at work in our open plan kitchen.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I was not a big fan. Whilst the food was creative and the occasional dish tasted amazing, overall we had a few meals that didn't taste that great. The mutton shawarma came with a big chunk of fat, and we asked for the duck to be taken back to be slightly fried as it was smoked and way too chewy when it first arrived. The waiting staff that looked after us were amazing and very accommodating and they made a big difference to the overall experience.

TD
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We followed advice to order small plates and share: with four of us that meant we ordered more then half the small dishes on the menu. Everything tasted fresh and interesting and was very well presented. The mutton was a favourite and also a beautifully made baked cheese pudding whose name I regret not writing down. We started with cocktails from the left column (Nopi originals - champagne gin and saffron was a winner and not too dear as these things go) and enjoyed a bottle of Musar, the Hochar vineyard variant with less oak, muscular and darkly mineral, a great accompaniment to the spicy food. We'll definitely be back!
One additional word of advice: This isn't an easy place to book but with a bit of planning you can get places on the sharing tables downstairs. If you are worried about sharing tables, don't be: we got four seats around a corner and could chat as privately as we could have done on our own table.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we had a wonderful evening, two colleagues meeting again after ten years being taken care of by a wonderful staff. thank you very much!

MO
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good alternative to private table . You don’t feel like you’re sharing with a bunch of strangers . Liked how all the pantry produce was visible and you could see the chefs in the kitchen . Felt more like being at a house than a restaurant . Great experience . Loved it !!

LE
London
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely date night. Since there were no tables available upstairs we opted for one of the sharing one downstairs and found it to be a very enjoyable setting and experience. We ordered some sharing dishes and they were all delicious. The pork belly was particularly good, but a bit disappointed on the polenta fries, which had a slight bitter aftertaste, but that is down to preference.
Overall it was a great dinner and can totally recommend it.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Not great for vegans

C
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect service - we treated ourselves for one night and got exactly what we wanted.

Felt like we were well valued customers and they actually wanted us to have a lovely meal and a great time. Extremely attentive with the drinks and kept the wine pouring.

Loved the food but the one criticism is that we were told we needed 6 sharing plates between us and we were absolutely stuffed after 4 so felt 6 plates is too much food and also ups the price significantly.

Loved the wine - from Georgia - smokey to smell and light to drink. Amazing.

Thanks again!

A
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, extremely reasonably priced for London - especially in its neighbourhood. Can't wait to try Otto Lenghi's other restaurants!

JV
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, very special made .
Experience to come back .

LF
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I have eaten at this restaurant many times and it has always been exceptional, unfortunately this time my experience was a bit disappointing. The service and the food were fine but just a bit flat, lack lustre and flavours not quite working as they should, maybe everyone was a bit hung over from New Years.

SM
London
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and service were excellent. I always enjoy my visits to NOPI.

AB
Tasmania
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

There were innovative dishes, that were visually well presented. The waitress was helpful in suggestions of house specials. Less helpful though in helping us gauge the amount to order, as we ended up over-ordering based on her advice. Strangely, while the meat and fish were well cooked, every dish was over-salted. It became quite difficult finishing the meal. I'm wondering if someone in the kitchen was too heavy-handed with the salt on the day.

MH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second experience at Nopi. Planning our trip from NYC we made sure to reserve at Nopi. The food is a masterpiece in blending spices and very creative vegetarian, seafood or meat dishes. The spices add warmth to the food and bring out wonderful flavors.

LS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Downstairs area was quite loud and boisterous; if looking for a quieter atmosphere, consider the tables on the street level. Amount of food recommended for two to order was a bit excessive, could have gotten away with two fewer plates (and we were hungry going in to the meal).

J
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre theatre dinner. Delicious, excellent service. Thank you

CD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First of all and most important: we had a lovely, highly professional and attentive waitress. A keeper!
Loved the food, the atmosphere, sharing a table. Little downside: one of our neighbors was so loud, we could clearly follow the conversation. Was quite disturbing. And the ventilation was too high, I was freezing most of the diner.
Another little problem: with the London Bridge event, we arrived 30' late. I tried to call to no avail and did not want to leave a message. The hostess did not seem very convinced but found us a table anyway.
Overall, a delicious first experience. Then on Sunday, we stopped at the Belgravia épicerie and bought a picnic to share on the Gatwick Express. We felt so spoiled.
Will come back for more. Congratulations to all the team for such a beautiful place.

JU
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was very nice, the downstairs table allow you to look into the kitchen which we enjoyed. Downside is that the downstairs table are in a constant draft from the ventilation. Service was rushed and twice the plates were cleared while I was still having my last bite of food.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was a bit slow but the food wonderful

TD
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first experience of eating at an Ottolenghi restaurant although I have two of his cookery books which I use often and love. The experience at Nopi was fantastic, I went with friends and we all loved it. Food, staff everything perfect.

AW
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 3rd visit to Nopi, I live in Ireland but anytime I come to London I make a trip. it was amazing. From the welcome at the door, the service, timings, food, drinks- everything was perfect. There was a 20 min wait for our table and the hostesses/managers dealt with it beautifully- they were honest, polite and generous without being OTT. Our waiter (Jack? From Melbourne) was attentive and knew the menu well but wasn’t pushy. Absolutely amazing experience and can’t wait to be back!

LV
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Nice food and a nice place but expensive for what it is

F
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Poor service and the staff wasn't attentive. Slow service and the staff tried to clear the table twice before we finished the meal.

AD
London
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first Ottelenghi experience! Staff energised, food delicious and sharing a table meant you could either keep to yourself or engage with others which made it more interesting. Thank you so much. I was definitely not disappointed and would return again tomorrow if I could!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such marvelous food, attentive service and a great selection of funky skin contact wines. Been many times and it’s always a treat.

HP
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the Cheesecake but slightly disappointed with the beetroot.
Still I would not hesitate to recommend a return visit.

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love the relaxed feel of this place – open space directed towards an open kitchen. The tomato and ajoblanco salad was exceptional, as well as the polenta chips. Service was well-timed and friendly.

KH
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We loved the food and the wine, I particularly like meals out when you share plates amongst everyone. The waiter was friendly and really good overall. Given the choice i would have preferred to have eaten upstairs and not been on the sharing tables. The price over all was quite expensive, maybe you should pay less if you are downstairs?

CS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved the place. Food was good but not as great as I had hoped, quite basic especially as there was around 12 chefs in the kitchen and the menu is fairly small. Shame as I have all the books and was very excited to finally make it there to eat. Our waiter was exceptional. So lovely.

AM
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Nopi is delicious! I like the vibe at the sharing table, with the opportunity to glance into the kitchen. The staff is friendly and helpful. I love the welcome details of complimentary water and snack. I will be back!

h
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely warm service, a very memorable evening. Thank you

RS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lunch in great athmosphere! Service was outstanding and the restaurant interior was very nice.

e
London
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a charming place to eat next to the kitchen and food shelves with excellent dishes, interesting flavours and convivial atmosphere.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Server was not very communicative or engaged. Seemed to be having an off day. Some dishes top notch, others a bit bland. Dover sole was a disappointment.

PT
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food as always. First time for us at a sharing table and found it a little “tight” so would book a table to ourselves next time.

PM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just perfect in every way. I’ll be back for certain and will highly recommend it to others

MP
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything I hoped for! I read all of Ottolenghi's cookbooks and follow him almost from the start, so it was inevitably that I went there when in London.

e
London
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful sunday lunch with grown up children - sharing plates perfect for a celebratory feel

PM
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and a great way to experience the Ottolenghi style, my wife was and still is a big fan. Serevice friendlyand informative.
Could have done with a cheaper bottle of wine on the list as we felt the entry level was highfor a bostro type venue.

HV
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good experience! Amazin cookies and milk + really nice service and kind people!

YL
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was so great. Our server was very friendly and genuinely enthusiastic about the menu. The cheesecake was a surprise favorite but all the dishes were delicious. I’m super appreciative of the server and management offering to move us to another part of the table to be further away from the bathroom and have a better seat at the shared table. A wonderful dining experience.