Thursday, 18 September 2014

Breakfast at Nopi, Oxford Circus

The monthly breakfasts are still going strong and, if I'm honest, it's getting a little difficult to find a breakfast that isn't very heavy on the Eggs Benedict vibe, especially if you're a sweet avoider as I am. Happily, though, Nopi near Oxford Circus, provides something a little different. 

From the Ottolenghi stable, I've enjoyed lunches and dinners here, though much like Ottolenghi's recipes themselves I've sometimes found their dishes a little... over-flavoured. As if perhaps they'd taken it one flavour profile too far. 

Not so much the case for breakfast, thankfully. Shakshuka is a traditional Middle Eastern dish of eggs poached in a spiced tomato and pepper sauce. Here, they're served in individual roasting hot cast iron pans with a dollop of smoked labneh - that's a thick, strained yoghurt - on top, that threatened to overwhelm but in fact tempered the spices. Perfectly poached, rich orange-yolked eggs were scooped up with toasted bread that was just the right amount to stave off any morning waddle. 

Do go and have a gaze around the ladies loos when you're there. They're something to behold. 

21-22 Warwick Street
London W1B 5NE
Tel: 020 7494 9584
NOPI on Urbanspoon


- said...

OK, so that definitely looks good.

Anonymous said...

I love Nopi but haven't tried the breakfast. I think I will now.

Btw, it's actually closer to Piccadilly Circus than Oxford Circus. This area is part of Soho though, so easier to just say that


Anonymous said...

You didnt mention the price. wtf.

Hollow Legs said...

Other somewhere - it definitely was.

Anon - Thank you for your geographic corrections.

Anon - I don't remember the price, FFS. Around £10. Maybe.

Helen P said...

OMG, that looks good. I could eat that right now #breakfastfordinner

Selena said...

I think the comment on price was based on the fact that the NOPI website only lists a sample set breakfast menu at £22/head (juice/coffee + pastries + main dish) which seems a little steep - presumably that's not what you had!

Hollow Legs said...

Selena - do you think so? The WTF threw me. The website is deeply unhelpful on that front!