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The perfect day needs no more than a person I love as much as he finds me annoying, and enough drinks and food to keep us going – let’s be honest, mostly drinks.

It might get even perfect-er with the addition of bright-green grass to lay on, and a sun just warm enough for our skin to feel the heat.

But this is – obviously – optional. From my records, the perfect day can also be spent in bed or at the pub, drawing on each other with felt-tip pens until the sun goes down.

The perfect day will lead to the perfect night. But because the perfect day feels like it lasts for years – or at least, that’s how you want it to feel – let’s not rush things.

What happens in between the perfect day and the perfect night is up to you, really. On our side of the world, we got lost somewhere. Past Mayfair, and before Chinatown.

We stumbled upon NOPI, the new-ish restaurant by Yotam Ottolenghi – a place I had been wanting to try for quite some time now. And even though it was really just a few minutes away from our starting point we made sure to take as many detours as humanly possible, wearing flip-flops and making fun at each other.

There we shared a few plates of good food. A few glasses of the cheapest white wine on the menu. A plate – each – of something sweet for an ending. Of the perfect day, that is.

I made sure to photograph everything that was standing in front of our eyes – a delicious confit artichokes served with goat cheese and a sprinkle of broad beans; some perfectly chargrilled octopus that was as octopus should be – all the time – ; and twice-cooked baby chicken that had a lovely smokiness from the chilli oil.

Scared my memory would fail me after being drunk on happiness all day.

Turns out it didn’t. And it’s probably for the best since the pictures came out as grey as grey can be.

Not even close to reality. Or perhaps a reality I do not want to see.

In all measures, I advise to end your day at NOPI. Sit downstairs on the communal table overlooking the kitchen, visit the bathroom to recreate the mirror room of your childhood visits to the park. Just don’t bring a camera along, or do – but don’t forget the batteries. And just because I plate desserts all day – almost every day – do try the pineapple galette. Even if just for the pandan.

And for the record, 60£ for two not-so-hungry stomachs and a bottle of wine does feel like the perfect start to your perfect night.

7 thoughts on “NOPI

  • A. April 29, 2011 at 9:22 am

    you say the pictures look grey. they look like still-life painting to me.

  • Aïda May 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Je suis absolument amoureuse de tes photos!

  • Molly May 5, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I think the picture of the sky has a chemtrail in it, be careful.

  • Emma May 12, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Those photos look beautiful to me. Sounds like the perfect day :)

  • callie grayson May 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    mmm, the confit sounds absolutely delicious! I will need to try and recreate, it has all the bits of tasty foods I love!
    what a great way to end the day to begin the night!

  • Run Fast Travel Slow May 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I’ve been to Ottolenghi in Islington and in Belgravia — love both. Have you tried either?

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