Soba noodles with aubergine and mango.

When Ottolenghi says he wants to create ‘drama in the mouth’, this kind of dish is what he has in mind. With the mango, lime, chilli, red onion and heaps of coriander and basil to boot, it’s by far the loudest and sexiest item on offer in PlentyIt’s far too sweet to act as a main. I think it works more naturally as a party-piece, or a starter, though I’m tempted to recommend defying convention and serving this after a more savoury and substantial meal. These are the kind of flavours people should want to linger as they leave the dinner table. Recipe available here.

(Photo from my Instagram).

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