Some places make it clear that they intend to impress – from the ritzy Bob Bob Ricard to the elegant Gilbert Scott – and Nopi is right there with them. The way you are greeted warmly at the entrance, the white marble interior and the moody lighting seems to provoke enough of an atmosphere for this place to be packed.
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 50mm lens
The good news is that I finally have a camera again! After my D40 deciding to slowly but steadily decompose, I had been on the fence of the need of a new camera when I already have an iPhone (in truth, I just lacked money). The bad news is that I have forgotten how silly the 50mm lens acts especially in darker rooms so most of the pictures are somewhat blurred.
Overall the impression of the restaurant was that it was pleasant but it lacked any material oomph! While the dishes were cooked well, technically as well as flavour-specific, they lacked an ingenuity or a level of mastery that would impress. The roast aubergine was cold – which was either an unusual choice of serving the dish or a cock-up. A general theme was the small size of the dishes to share (sure, they are also called starters so that should allude to the size) when it came to the fish/meat.