Posted by Krista on October 1, 2008

287 Upper Street
N1 2TZ
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)…

Deli_ticket_2Because otherwise, you're just standing there, saying to men in cashmere and women in large sunglasses, "Are you waiting?" (And really, who wears cashmere on a day like Sunday???)

The Verdict: Go. But forewarned is forearmed.

6 Responses to “Ottolenghi”

  1. Asthika
    Oct 01, 2008

    Unrelated, but check the link about bottled water. Krista, the bottled water companies may be out for your head!

    Hard-up Brits are bottling out

  2. Annie
    Oct 02, 2008

    I once attempted to go to the one in Notting Hill but left in frustration because it was just too chaotic for me! I had heard good things about the food and it looked great but I just couldn’t deal with the madness.

  3. Jon
    Oct 03, 2008

    I thought it was just me! Love the food, but the counter help is useless. There were as many staff as customers there the last Saturday I visited, but still it was slow and clueless. There is no queue, everyone of the customers thinks he is the only one exisitng on this planet. The staff seemed to take a ridiculous amount of time putting together boxes for take away pastries when they should have had them put together that morning or the night before. Or they should find another type of container that doesn’t take so much time to put together. You are spot on!

  4. Kat
    Sep 25, 2009

    Have you seen the Ottolenghi cookbook? Is brilliant, and means you can have all the delicious salads at home and avoid the eye watering Saturday morning queues. And the hugely hefty price tags.

  5. yoga expert
    Feb 06, 2010

    the book is almost as beautiful as the shop.
    And great for yummy salad and baking ideas

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