We’re always on the look-out for interesting places to have brunch, so when R discovered that group favourite, NOPI also does brunch, we were all on the YES team to join her.
An outpost of the Ottolenghi empire, this Soho brasserie does all-day dining with a vibrant Middle-Eastern inspired twist. We arrived quite late so the brightly delicious-looking lunchtime salads were already on display but as brunch was the purpose of this visit we stuck to the breakfast menu and were delighted with our decision.
Jasmine tea and grapefruit juice were consumed while we we waited for the other ladies to arrive (I was early and R lives really close) – there was also a good selection of Sunday papers to plough our way through. While we were catching up on world-events, our glasses of water were topped up without us even being aware of it. The service was discreet but also very friendly.
The others arrived, we ordered, a few of us checked out the insane loos (amazing design, though I’m not sure I’d be keen to get trapped in there after a glass or two of champagne~) and got down to business.
Brunch at NOPI was amazing. I had black rice with mango and coconut milk and it was absolutely to die for. The portions were great so I didn’t need to order more but it definitely left its mark on my conscience and I knew I’d have to make it at home sometime soon. Here is the recipe I plan to use (thank you Eat Like a Girl):
I will probably swap the bananas for mangoes but it all looks rather good.
G has been making her way around London’s French toast offerings and was impressed with her brunch.
The others went for eggs of various sorts, all very enjoyable.
All in all, a wonderful brunch with a varied selection for different tastes. This is one of the first brunches I’ve had in London where I’ve come home wanting to make it myself. Adds the Ottolenghi book to my Christmas wish list…
NOPI can be found just behind Regent Street at 21-22 Warwick Street, London W1B 5NE, nearest tube is Oxford Circus.