287 Upper Street
Tel: 020 7288 1454
Date of Last Visit: Sunday, September 28th 2008
The Victim (Literally): Me
The Background: I love Ottolenghi. But I also hate it, hate it, hate it. The thought of going into Ottolenghi on a weekend morning fills me with dread, no matter how delicious their salads are.
Why? It's because it's a freakin' FREE FOR ALL. All these random people (yummy mummies, young urban professionals, where hair gel goes to die, etc.) squeezing into the little entranceway, trying to place a takeaway order WHERE THERE IS NO SYSTEM. No system at all. It is total and utter CHAOS.
There's no deli counter ticket machine. What I wouldn't give for one of these (thanks to snowdeal on Flickr)…
The Verdict: Go. But forewarned is forearmed.