NOPI - Downstairs
Nopi is rightly loved--we took a break from a hectic day of tourism--family from out of town + london resident--and opted for downstairs' more casual ambiance. Slightly regretted the decision, passing through the lovely dining space at street level, as we descended downstairs, but it was fine and since we nearly dined alone felt even a bit luxurious. Kitchen is in full force adjacent to the communal-style table. While this can be overwhelming in, say, a pub situation with more background noise, there was no competition with other ambient sources so it was possible to have a conversation at table and not resent the presence of the kitchen after the novelty might have worn off. The food did not disappoint--the chicken and lamb rump especially winning raves but my small plate of cod over black lentils was no slouch either. The prawn were also excellent (apparently!) and vegetables were of course (this is Ottolenghi) delicious and interesting. Presentation is unfussy but precise and details like a perfectly balanced simple salad of bitter leaves maintained the same high standards shown in the main courses. We didn't taste their desserts but hop to come back for that pleasure at some point.
was here for my birthday.. it was really great.. first i was a bit disappointed.. the ambient is less than casual.. but later .. downstairs near the kitchen the stuff try their best to let me feel comfortable.. i really enjoyed it.. the food is amazing.. the service undescribable.. you ll never regret to come here.. the have a candle and a happy birthday on the dessert.. it was a perfect birthday.. i ll come back.. for sure..
We had a very nice table around de kitchen between the stock, de Lamb was very full and rich of taste and had a nice crunchy crest.
And the braised chicory was a little sweet en had a nice bite.
It looked all beautiful and it was a very special occasion, the celebration of my husbands birhtday ( who passed away last year) with my three teenage kids.
So it was all extra special.
Tge food was well presented, full of flavours, typically Ottolenghi. The service was good, knowledgeable but not intrusive. The location downstairs was interesting, close to the kitchen, so one was entertained by the goings-on in preparing and serving such delicious cuisine.
It was an amazing experience. We truly enjoyed the food. And the service was exquisite! Argie was a great host!
It’s good, although I wasn’t bowled over by the flavors as I was expecting, but it’s a good. I had the fritters (quite good), polenta and truffle chips, prawns (sauce very good flavors) and the chocolate ganache. The ganache was excellent.
Service was indifferent, bordering on rude. Wine was poured without offering a taste - it was awful and when we complained a wine list was simply plonked on the table without a word. It was difficult to get the waiter's attention. We were largely ignored!
Food tasted good, but we all suffered a little later.
A shame our special evening was spoiled.
Would definitely not go back.
Food was not special. Ambiance of the London Underground. Heavily overpriced.
Nopi is a beautiful place where to eat good food, the prices are a little high but they worth the quality of food and the experience.
we have spent a wonderful evening at nopis, the food was delicious, as well as the recommended wine. the waiter was super friendly and very helpful with all the questions we‘ve had, since we were not to familiar with the different plates on the menu. we will for sure go back there!
Understated downstairs with communal dining. Wait staff helpful and friendly. Food was inventive and delicious.
Had a great evening with outstanding food at Nopi’s downstairs.
Lovely food! I loved everything. Will definitely go back
It was an unforgetable experience! The food was delicious, the service was very personal!! I even got the chance to take a picture in the kitchen with everybody!! Thanks to the entire crew!
Excellent food and presentation.Very good service,The dessert (pineapple and ice)superb.We back again:we have been twice one and two years ago
Super fun and the food was good - same as so many hip restaurants these days. Super noisy but what else is new?! On the expensive side for what we had. Met nice people at the shared table and really enjoyed the experience overall!
Fabulous food. Everything felt crafted with lots of foodie surprises. The menu was very different and felt special and unique
The food was amazing and our waiter Luca was fantastic! He was definitely one of the most attentive, helpful and lovely servers I've ever had. Couldn't recommend more highly!
Great food, nice table downstairs. A pity you have to wait standing in the middle of a crowed room.
always love visiting Nopi from Australia when we are over, food is yummy and service is great
thanks for another good night
Excellent breakfast and service. We will be back. You must try the Shakshuka
This was a Mother's Day Celebration Brunch and it was everything I had hoped for in planning it. My partner and 2 daughter's really loved the whole experience. Very rare to find food cooked so perfectly and staff were super. We will definitely be back again and again!
Flew in from Vancouver to eat here and unfortunately, food was not good at all especially given price. Service was very slow. While the server compensated by giving us two small dishes, the food was just not up to expected standards of Ottolenghi.
Great food. Service was a bit slow when we asked for our check to leave for a show. Other than that it was amazing!
Beautiful and delicious food, excilent service, lovely ambiance. Go!
Fantastic food and service! Had high expectations for this place and definitely met them!
Perfectly possible to have an intimate dinner in company at the big tables. very lively space.
One of our favourite restaurants - food is sublime and we feel like we are at home
For a restaurant that can book out months in advance, our group of 4 found relatively few truly memorable dishes. None were bad, but there were none that everyone raved about. We are vegetarian, and ordered all but 2 of the vegetarian dishes. The food was simple and undoubtedly healthy. The big wooden tables and the open kitchen makes for a nice setting. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful; although he brought us a dish that we did not order and upon pointing this out, asked twice if this was a dish we wanted instead of whisking it back immediately (We did not, but ended up trying it anyway). Overall our evening may have been the victim of overly high expectations but we left a bit disappointed.
we enjoyed our lunch very much, the food and the service was oustanding
Wonderful food, amazing ambience and the staff were informative and attentive!! A fantastic way to spend my husbands special afternoon, we were well and truly spoilt. I would definitely recommend Nopi and will return.
Outstanding food and exceptional service. Made a birthday treat very special. Will definitely be back asap.
Very good food. Nice peaple but A bit expensive. No individual table downstairs.
Food was excellent and delicious! The service was quick and friendly. Must go to in London
Nice ambience some amazing food some only good for the price. Shame no brunch option but great ambience and service. Relaxed but formal atmosphere.
Fun to sit near the kitchen . Our waiter was excellent in directing us to gluten free & dairy free options .
Very nice food and very good service, but didn't particularly appreciate being sat in close quarters with lots of strangers in what was basically a cellar.
Incredible food, favourite was the chickpea pancake. Waiter very patient and considerate.
Love everything about the restaurant and the service is the absolute best. Now, if you could only do something about the most vexing bathroom in the world. Especially after a cocktail. :)
Es war unglaublich!
Wir kochen seit ein paar Jahren aus dem gleichnamigen Kochbuch und es war ein Traum!
Viel Lebensfreude, Klasse Service und ein grandioses Essen in einem tollen Ambiente.
Gerne wieder. Wer hier nicht isst, ist selber schuld.