Ottolenghi

  • Nopi, Oct 28th, 2010

    28/10: Building work has begunFor the last few days we have finally been doing more than just demolishing. It’s a complex affair, with the electric people doing their stuff, IT theirs, plumbing, air-conditioning, extraction, lighting, gas, carpentry and so much more. Darek, our builder for 6 years (!), and his...
  • Nopi, Oct 26th, 2010

    22/10: More progress on the tasting front, with about ten recipes signed, sealed, delivered. The tension at the moment is between complexity (Scully, pictured trying his savoury cheesecake) and simplicity (Sarit and Yotam), but it isn’t real tension because we all work together so well (so far…). And we are...
  • Nopi, Oct 26th, 2010

    Karl has been completely engrossed in one task over last 2 weeks - looking out for props and then emailing the pictures to Alex (www.alexmeitlis.com) for selection. The brief, as you can see, was brass. We don’t want to say much more but it’s all turning out pretty shiny.
  • Nopi, Oct 20th, 2010

    20/10: Not wishing to sound smug but last night’s tasting at Ottolenghi, Motcomb St, was a knockout. Scully excelled, Sarit and Yotam couldn’t stop eating and Motcomb staff were asking themselves: “what did we do to deserve this?". Yum, squared.
  • Nopi, Oct 18th, 2010

  • Sydney re-visited

    So much was cramped into the three days of the World Chef Showcase, part of The Sydney International Food Festival, that I am not sure what happened when anymore. And the jet-lag isn’t helping much either. I can tell you that Sydney’s skies were more than welcoming on my second...
  • Nopi, Oct 16th, 2010

    16/10: You know those little individual copper pans?Well, it seems like we managed to source some at a reasonable price. Planning on little casseroles for brunch (imagine shakshuka with a twist) and hearty concoctions for lunch (a take on fish pie)
  • Nopi, Oct 15th, 2010

    14/10: Crockery crisis and successful tastingThe recent design changes - marble floor instead of rustic wood; lots of brass everywhere - has thrown the crockery attempts into disarray. The heavy, stone-like plates will have to be replaced by something finer and more elegant. Noam and Yotam are going back to...
  • Nopi, Oct 8th, 2010

    8/10: Choosing the materialsThe architecture is preactically finished. We know where the walls will be. It took a long long time, because there are so many elements that have to fit with each other: food lifts, ventilation, water, electricity - they are all entangled. The next stage: interior design. Alex...
  • Nopi, Oct 5th, 2010

    5/10: The previous incarnation Shaun Clarkson ID were the designers of the previous incarnation, The Club Bar and dining. They very sweetly sent us some pictures of the old place. There’s something both beautiful and cruel about the rise and fall of restaurants: people put their heart and soul into...

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