Ottolenghi, Islington

Ottolenghi is somewhat of an Islington institution.  It has a prime position on Upper Street, about halfway between the Highbury/Islington and Angel tube stations.  On most days, especially weekend mornings, there is queue out the door.  The restaurant specialises in fresh food with a modern Mediterranean influence.

I was meeting up with some friends for brunch at Ottolenghi on a Sunday and we waited about forty minutes in line.  Eek!  By the time we were seated, we decided to order off their lunch menu instead of the breakfast menu.

I had a mocha on the side and it was very, very good.  Sweet and chocolatey with a strong coffee kick.

 The lunch menu at Ottolenghi is simple - you can choose from a range of salads and protein to make up your plate.  Basically:

- two salads and a main (ie the protein) - £13.70
- three salads and a main - £16.20

The salads and proteins are all on display at the deli section in the front of the restaurant so you can have a good look before deciding on what you want.

Main: Yellow fin, line caught seared tuna with sesame seeds and soy, spring onion and ginger sauce
Two salads: Green and yellow beans with peas, lemon zest, garlic, herbs, and pea shoots
Roasted new potatoes with anchovy-olive tapenade, leek, radicchio, sorrel and lemon

Main: Smoked bacon quiche with sauteed leeks, Parmesan and thyme
3 salads: Roasted aubergine with saffron yoghurt, hazelnuts, pomegranate seeds and basil
Roasted butternut squash and grilled sweetcorn with pumpkin seeds, chili, mint and feta
Purple and yellow cauliflower with roasted red onions, almonds, celery and orange blossom dressing

They also do takeaway but i noticed that the takeaway line on this weekend morning was just as long as the queue of people wanting seats!

Despite the queue, I would definitely go back.

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