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Yotam Ottolenghi’s New Restaurant Reopens

Rovi had been closed since 5 July

A plate of onglet skewers with chilli, lime and green sauce at Yottam Ottolenghi’s new London restaurant, Rovi, in Fitzrovia David Loftus/for Rovi

Yotam Ottolenghi has reopened his new Fitzrovia restaurant, Rovi.

The chef’s seventh London restaurant had been closed since 5 July owing to problems with a state-of-the-art “green heat recovery system”. It was described as “an exercise in optimism” following its failure to survive the London heatwave, and has since been replaced with a more traditional method of extraction. It’s not the only restaurant to need some new fans: Clerkenwell chippy United Chip has also closed as a result of poor ventilation — there is no timeline, however, for the fish and chip restaurant to reopen.

A statement on the restaurant’s website confirms today’s reopening, which will be welcome news for the London chef. Continuing his focus on vegetables and spicing with a particular bias towards grill and wood-fire cooking, the latest restaurant is — unsurprisingly — one of London’s most talked about openings. Ottolenghi will hope that it can finally get off the ground.

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