I am a big fan of Yotam Ottolenghi and have visited his restaurant Ottolenghi in Islington and Spitalfields, as well as Nopi in Soho, all of which I love. So I was excited to learn of his new opening in Fitzrovia a stones throw from Oxford Circus – Rovi. As with all his offerings the focus is on vegetables and small plates, but this time fermenting and cooking over fire play a large part in the dishes.
The restaurant hosts an open kitchen, where you can see all your dishes being flamed on the open fire. The menus and tableware are all custom made for the restaurant and are vibrant and engaging.
I had spied the Corn Ribs with Apricot Sauce and Chipotle Salt on Instagram, so I knew they were a definite! Having a love of Onions and Feta Cheese, it had to be the Grelot Onions, whipped Feta and Green Gazpacho next along with Peas, Broadbeans with Chilli and Garlic. For the more ‘main course’ type plates we introduced some meat! The Beef Onglet Skewers with Beef Fat and Fermented Green Chilli were delicious and you could taste that lovely flavour of them being cooked over an open flame. Our other ‘main’ was a Celeriac Shawarma with Bkeila and Fermentated Tomato, which was unusual but very tasty, again with that nice flavour from the fire.