Happy New Year food lovers! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. I personally love New Years Eve. I think it's important to set yourself some new goals to achieve. Mine is to finally graduate! What's yours?
Thought we would start the new year by heading to a place that I have been DYING to go to. I first saw NOPI's cookbook in Waterstones yonks ago and was completely obsessed with the recipes and the aesthetic of the book itself. Just before Christmas I went to meet my mom and aunt who were staying at the SoHo Sanctum Hotel and what do I find?! Nopi right next door. So for Christmas my auntie Suz and mom bought Andrea and I vouchers to dine at Nopi. I also received a signed copy of the Nopi book by my lovely Suz.
Walking into Nopi was like walking into my dream kitchen. Soft gold marble floors, white brick walls and touches of brass accessories. Such a simple design but very light and comfortable. There are probably 20 or so tables on the top floor and underground is a very large table which people all sit at together. We decided to go for lunch and for once - no set menu. It was so hard to choose what dishes to have. They have a select few mains and then the rest are tapas/starter dishes to share (or not) so there was a lot of choice in the end. Wanting to try it all, Andrea and I chose two starter dishes each so we could taste it all.
- Sea Bream, celeriac, spiced cauliflower; £12.90
- Spiced buttermilk cod, urid dhal, cavolo nero; £13.90
- Twice-cooked baby chicken, lemon myrtle salt, chilli sauce; £11.90
- Beef sirloin, fennel, truffle, graviera; £14.90
Then we ordered a side of Truffle polenta chips with parmesan & garlic aioli; £6.20 just incase we needed more food! The dishes were absolutely beautiful, minimal and sophisticated.
The chips were like soft pillows of goodness. I wish I had ordered another bowl although probably not that good for you! We were off to a great start. I have to say all the dishes were really exceptional. My favourite was probably the Sea Bream. It had a bbq flavour to it, which I have never had with fish before. For a starter portion we actually got a great sized fillet of seam bream which is unusual. It was great to share. The Beef Sirloin was also very tender and was medium rare so it packed great flavour. The twice cooked chicken, I thought was going to be a little dry but it's skin kept all the juices in. Accompanying it with the chilli sauce was really nice to add some heat into the dishes, it made it stand out from the rest. To end the meal we were going to have dessert but I was actually quite full (I blame the chips!) so Andrea settled for an espresso.
For what you pay, you do get exceptional quality dishes. As the dishes are created by the amazing Ramael Scully and Yotam Ottolenghi. On Ottolenghi's website there are other venues that are also by him. I am so glad that I finally got to go, and to try an array of dishes. Nopi is a great place to catch up with friends in a beautiful setting. I can't wait to try cooking from the book.
21-22 Warwick Street
London W1B 5NE
Tel: 020 7494 9584