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Ottolenghi – London, UK

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Ottolenghi Nottinghill
(44) 020 7727 1121
63 Ledbury Rd  London. W11 2AD, UK
Ottolenghi Islinton
(44) 020 7288 1454
287 Upper St. London N1 2TZ, UK
Ottolenghi Belgravia
(44) 020 7823 2707
13 Motcomb St, London SW1X 8LB, UK
Ottolenghi Kensington
(44) 020 7937 0003
1 Holland St.  London W8 4NA, UK

 

OPEN HOURS:
8:00 am – 9:00pm   Monday  – Friday
8:00 am – 8:00pm  Saturday
8:30 am – 6:00pm   Sunday

www.ottolenghi.co.uk

Israeli Chef Yotam Ottolenghi has reaped his countries wealth of powerful ingredients and food culture to create a haven for vegetable lovers.  After purchasing Mr. Ottolenghi’s first book “Ottolenghi: The Cookbookir?t=ourtimisnow-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0091922348 Ottolenghi  -  London, UK London UK  Vegetarian UK Salad Restaurant London   ” we became immersed in the brand new flavors he produced, and that we were now capable of learning at home.  Combining heretofore unthought of ingredients, it is not often that a cooking book can truly transform you thoughts on food, but the Ottolenghi Cookbook really changed culinary world-view.

After a year-long love affair, we found ourselves in London, and of course needed to experience first hand that which we had been making.  Many times this can be disappointing, as expectations can be built too high.

Ottolenghi was everything we had hoped it would be, and more.  With each dish being both delicious and beautiful.  Our experience at the Notting Hill location started from us peering in the window and just admiring all the delicacies laid out.  One could see the myriad of flavours in the swirling of colors.  Upon entering, the smell of freshness wafted over, pulling us in further.  We  sat at the communal table and ate a bit more then we should have, but ever morsel was love; and you can never have too much love.

Luckily there are 4 Ottolenghi restaurants dispearsed throughout London, so you should not have to long commutes once you realize you can go back again and again.

Yotam Ottolenghi also has a column in The Guardian  newspaper and his new book Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghiir?t=ourtimisnow-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1452101248 Ottolenghi  -  London, UK London UK  Vegetarian UK Salad Restaurant London    has recently been released to the delight of chefs and food-lovers everywhere!

 

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Mint tea
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Roasted butternut squash with tahini yogurt, pine nuts, chili, red onion and coriander.
Roasted baby carrots and grilled courgette, orange reduction and pea shuts.
Basmati and wild rice with dried cranberries, lemon zest, mix nuts and herbs

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Just looking at these pictures is making me salivate 🙂

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HanGawi – New York, NY

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HanGawi

Korean Vegetarian Restaurant
(1) 212 213-0077
12 E 32nd St
(Btw Madison – 5th Av)
New York, NY 10016

www.hangawirestaurant.com

OPEN HOURS:
Lunch:
12:00m – 2:45pm    Monday – Friday
1:00pm – 3:00pm    Saturday
Dinner
5:00pm – 10:30pm    Monday – Friday
3:00pm – 10:30pm    Saturday
5:00pm –   9:30pm    Sunday

Just on the southern edge of Korea town, hidden behind a large wooden gate one encounters HanGawi, an elegant oasis for balanced, healthy, delicious, MSG free Korean food.  HanGawi has been awarded with two stars by none other then Ruth Rachl  at the New York Times.

From the moment you walk into the restaurant, exchanging your shoes for slippers, you start to relax as the city street energy gets left behind and you enter another dimension of amber light and awaking aromas.  The low tables and raw silk cushions combine with the display of tea pots and tea canisters complete your transference to a different mental place.

All the dishes served at HanGawi are exquisite and beautifully plated.  The sesame-leaf tofu patties arrive perfectly crispy on the outside and easily lend themselves to ordering a second serving!  The different dumpling options, leek pancakes and the kimchi-mushroom pancakes all come with the traditional sweet chili pepper dipping sauce.  Each Korean restaurant worth its salt has its own proprietary blend for the dipping sauce, and HanGawi is no exception with their own delicious blend that has you reaching for your spoon and continually asking for more.

The winner appettizerss for us were the stuffed shiitake mushrooms and the silky tofu clay pot.   Like every Korean restaurant, only better, HanGawi offers a large selection of bibimbaps (translates: mixed meal), a rice base served in a sizzling hot stone bowl which is then topped off with different ingredients.  The bibimbap is served with kimchi and Gochujang (fermented chilli pepper paste ) sides, and the idea is to mix all the ingredients together at the table.  As HanGawi is a vegan restaurant the difference from the traditional bimbimbap is the option of meats and the inclusion of a raw egg topper which is cooked in by the hot stone.

The most outrageous dish is the Mongolian hot pot.  A stew of tofu, vegetables and herbs.  While the bibimbap is served in a hot stone bowl, the hot pot is served in a bowl that is so hot it arrives at a rolling boil that will last through the end of your meal!  I wound up finding mine edible as others were contemplating dessert.  Worth ordering just for the sheer spectacle!

HanGawi is a must on any vegetarians list in NYC and certainly diverse and tasty enough for all but the most meat-dependent.  The lunch specials are complete and well priced and there is an organic-only menu option as well. The korean health herbal wines are very special, and a wide tea selection rounds off another NYC dining gem.

 

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Cafe Mogador – New York, NY

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Cafe Mogador

(1)  212 – 677 2226
101 Saint Marks Pl
(between 1st Av. & Av A)
New York, NY 10009-5146

www.cafemogador.com

OPEN HOURS:
Noon  –  Midnight   Everyday

After living in the East Village for nigh twenty years, my opinion is that the Heart is the corner of 7th st. and Avenue A, and the Aorta is St. Marks Place (8th St.).  Nestled on the northern side of St. Markes between Avenue A & 1st is Cafe Mogador; a restaurant we patroned about two times a week between 1993 and 2010.

One of the first Moroccan restaurants in all of  NY, Mogadar opened in 1983 and has seen steady clientele ever since.  Which is not surprising given their combination of wonderful location, modest relaxing decor, easy going atmosphere, an attentive yet relaxed staff and, most importantly, absolutely delicious fare.  The restaurant recently underwent an expansion, but kept on are the old photographs of Moroccan natives and the sidewalk dining, excellent on sunny days.

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Saturdays and Sundays are home to one of the steadiest brunches in town, full without the stresses  of many of the more trendy spots, though sometimes the wait can be a bit long.  The weekday breakfast specials, in true East Village fashion, are served until 4:00pm.  They are a delicious collection of mostly organic ingredients and with a slightly different variety then  your average cafe.

All of the specials feature perfectly poached and organic eggs accompanied by orange juice and a well made illy coffee or a soothing and classic Moroccan mint tea, served in traditional silver pot with glasses.  Moroccan Eggs: poached, with spicy tomato sauce, Middle Eastern Eggs: pached with hummus, tabouli, salad and za’atar pita or Halumi Eggs: poached, with roasted tomato, halumi cheese, olives, salad and za’atar pita.

The weekday lunch specials are a mouthwatering as well, our favorites being the Roasted Eggplant Pita featuring tomato, boiled egg, tahini & parsley and the Grilled Hanger Steak sandwich accompanied by lettuce, tomato, roasted onion, horseradish mayonnaise on semolina.  An inside joke is the  daily board special: the fragrant tomato-ginger soup has been on special for about 7 years now!

The Moroccan Tagines are airy,  smooth and full of flavour, available in five different options.  The menu also includes grilled meats, a variety of salads and middle eastern plates.  The mezzes are the perfect companion for just about any meal at any tie of day.

A true delicacy is the Bastilla – a classic of Moroccan cuisine that consists of pastry layers (similar to puff pastry) filled with shredded chicken, lemon flavored eggs, almonds & cinnamon.  And to put a bit of spice on everything is the home made Harissa; a spicy paste condiment made with hot peppers, garlic, olive oil and middle-eastern spices.

Cafe Mogador is a true part of New York City life.  Thank you for all the great meals and memories!

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Kyotofu – New York, NY

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Kyotofu

Japanese Restaurant & Dessert Bar
(1) 212 974 6012
705 9th Ave, New York NY 10019
(Btw 48th – 49th St)

www.kyotofu-nyc.com

OPEN HOURS:
Unfortunately closed

Japanese restaurants are always such a wonderful experience.  The otaku culture finds  a wonderful outlet in creative cuisine.  The plating alone makes one anticipate and salivate for each dish, casting an eye towards the kitchen door.

Since 2006, one can find the small restaurant Kyotofu just a few blocks off time square.  A savior when venturing in the theatre district, with its endless rows of xeroxed fare, the exquisitely designed eatery specializes in small plates and variety of uhmm-inducing desserts.  The sweets are guilt -free, being delicious and light at the same time!  They also create perfect macaroons and others sweets to take home.  The chocolate cupcakes can create a serious addiction,while the heart shaped ones can make lovely gift a in their elegant packaging.

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Hummus Place – New york

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Hummus Place

(1) 212 –  529 9198
109 Saint Mark’s Pl
New York, NY 10009
(bet 1st & A )

(1) 212 – 924 2022
71 7th Ave. South
New York, NY 10014
(at Bleeker St.)

(1) 212 – 924.2022
99 Macdougal St.
New York, NY 10012
(Bet. Bleecker St. & W 3rd St.)

(1) 212 – 222.1554
2608 Broadway
New York, NY 10009
(Bet 98th and 99th St.)

(1) 212 – 799 3335
305 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10023
(Bet. West 74th and 75th St.)

www.hummusplace.com

OPEN HOURS:
11:0o am – 12:00am   Sunday  – Friday
10:30am – 2:00am   Saturday

How much more authentic can you get, the menu and staff arrive straight from Israel.  This series of small spots in NYC are delicious and inexpensive. With its four kinds of creamy and smooth hummus, including mushrooms, tahini, chickpeas and fava beans the namesake dish is strongly represented. There is also a wonderful version of Shakshuka, a delicious pan casserole of egg, peppers, onion, eggplant and tomatoes served with or without Halumi cheese.  Highly recommended!

There are also a series of wonderful sides including Falafel, Roasted Eggplant pix Hummus Place - New york New York  Vegetarian New York Food East Village   Topped with Tahini & lemon dressing,  Stuffed Grape Leaves and Labanepix Hummus Place - New york New York  Vegetarian New York Food East Village   .  If your in the neighborhood and looking for a quick, tasty treat, you can’t go wrong with the Hummus place.

 

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Mint Tea

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