Otto’s // Holborn // London

Otto’s is one of those restaurants that you may have heard about without really knowing where it is. It delivers the true meaning of the word “restaurant” by serving “food that restores”, but not in a food-for-food’s-sake kind of way, but in a classic, chic style.

When you enter Otto’s, you’ll get a sense of a typical corner Parisian bistro that has been running for years, with its timeless, slightly rococo decor.

Its generous menu has something to please everyone. Maybe you’ll start with the sublime, creamy raviolo of langoustine, with the shellfish cooked wonderfully, keeping its fullness of flavour. The products used at Otto’s are really high quality.

For mains, the lapin à la moutarde (rabbit with mustard sauce) is elegantly presented for a slow-cooked dish. Normally very bistro, the rabbit is sumptuously moist and cooked to perfection, melting, swimming in a delicious light and velvety mustard-based sauce. Strong in flavour, it’s served with lovely, sweet Jersey royal potatoes.

And the desserts are a real finale, showing-off a wonderful combination of flavours. We would almost be tempted to go back to Otto’s just for afternoon tea because the pistachio “meringade” is so good. A kilo of pistachio must has been crushed to make it. Combined with an amazingly fresh strawberries and a coulis, you’ll want more and more of it. The carpaccio of marinated pineapple is also outstanding, pickled in a fresh, sweet mint syrup, served with homemade coconut ice cream; a bistro classic done to perfection.

So if you’re looking for a romantic spot for dinner, or maybe you just want to simply enjoy really good quality food, Otto’s should certainly be on your list. We hope that it will be around for years to come, serving the same high-quality standard of cuisine.

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