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Ottolenghi, Islington, N1

Hello friends! It's been a little while since I posted here, so I am pleased to present:

Ottolenghi on Upper Street, Islington
Spring onion & chives waffle (Ottolenghi N1)

If you are familiar with the posh suburbs, you may know that there are other branches of Ottolenghi. However, not being particularly au fait with Kensington, Notting Hill or Belgravia -- certainly not being much interested in spending any amount of time there -- I opted for the lower-rent environs of Upper St. This I believe is the original Ottolenghi cafe, and most marvellous it is too.

I hoped to have a photo to illustrate their remarkable, AMAZING, display of cakes and pastries in the window. It's how a cafe should be enticing people in, even if I never did buy anything from the range. (I did get some of the raspberry & morello cherry jam, just because it tasted so nice over breakfast, but I'm getting ahead of myself.)

Above is pictured my spring onion & chives waffle. You can't actually really see the waffle itself, because of the fried egg (perfect consistency), grilled tomatoes (lovely and nicely-seasoned), and er, I think spinach maybe. I'm too sure, it was quite peppery, so maybe not spinach.

But oh it was so very lovely, even if for it was on the expensive side of breakfasts you usually find written up here (about £8.50, not including the coffee and orange juice I also had).

miss_newham had the bread selection, which came with a choice of pastry. They had toasters along the table that you could toast the bread in, if you wanted, and a range of spreads: butter (obviously), marmalade, raspberry jam (excellent!) and chocolate hazelnut spread (think Nutella, but with big chunks of hazelnut).

Needless to say, I approve in all ways. The seats were super comfortable, though you will probably have to sit alongside other people on the long tables down the middle of the room. Plus, it's really really very busy most of the time.

Address: 287 Upper Street, Islington, N1 2TZ. That's about halfway between Angel and Highbury & Islington stations.


That looks like domestic rocket to me.
That makes more sense, actually. It was very peppery in taste, not at all like spinach. I just couldn't think what else it might be.
That looks dead yummy to me.

I've always wanted to go to Ottolennghi but the queues always seem to be terribly long, even at early times :{
We didn't have to wait too long at 10:30am on a bank holiday Monday, but certainly it's always been busy whenever I've gone. Perhaps an 8am start...