Upper Street and more generally Angel is one of those places where choosing a restaurant is made difficult by the sheer number of options. The dilemma is, does it follow that busy restaurants serve great food? Perhaps not, but there is one place where this is certainly the case; Ottolenghi.
Opened as a delicatessen, there is a long communal table and a couple of smaller ones. With amazing displays of cakes and pastries in the window, it won’t take much for you to be drawn inside to check-out what other goodies lurk within. Once inside, you won’t be disappointed. Ottolenghi’s counter is jammed full of platters, covered with appetizing, colourful salads, made with combinations of vegetables, nuts, herbs and dressings that you could never dream-up. The vegetarian food is so good that despite the plates of seared tuna and grilled lemon thyme organic chicken, you may even think about becoming a vegetarian – for an afternoon.
Because of the amazing selection and the changeable market-style of what they prepare, recommending anything is futile. Nothing is bad, so try something new. The freshness of their produce is obvious, with vegetables trays deliberately scattered about the place, so you won’t be disappointed on that front either.
Don’t worry if you’re not the patient type. As it’s a deli, you can take away whatever you like and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home.