Edinburgh restaurants: Confusion after new restaurant named 'Ottolenghi' appears on Leith Walk
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Yotam Ottolenghi’s restaurant group will not be opening a restaurant in Edinburgh – despite speculation and confusion on social media.
Residents noticed a new restaurant, named ‘Ottolenghi’, had appeared on Leith Walk on Monday (December 19). Workers could be seen installing signage for the eatery, opposite Leith Arches, which advertises itself as serving Mediterranean and Middle Eastern street food.
Edinburgh foodies shared their excitement about the new opening on social media, assuming the restaurant was being launched by Israeli-born British chef Yotam Ottolenghi, who has written several bestselling recipe books on Middle-Eastern style cooking. Ottolenghi also owns seven restaurants and delis across London.
However, a spokesperson for Yotam Ottolenghi’s restaurant group confirmed the new eatery is not from Ottolenghi Ltd.
A local who spotted the new restaurant wrote on Twitter: “I'm hearing Leith is in fact getting a knock off ottolenghi”, while another replied: "I am horrified. I will be going as soon as it opens."