28 July 2014

Otto's Restaurantone star

182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW

£45.00 French Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia

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  • Wine: £19.00
  • Champagne: £39.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12N-1.45pm Mon-Sat 6-9.45pm

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A ‘truly enchanting’ slice of la vieille France, Otto’s serves up ‘proper fancy French food with belly-busting tendencies’, overlaid with a generous helping of charmingly affectionate kitsch – think Marilyn Monroe cushions and Greek sculptures. Effervescent owner Otto Albert Tepasse holds court, roaming the bijou dining room and cheerily offering personal suggestions from the menu. Step back in time for piquant, hand-chopped beef tartare, langoustines with choucroute, poached Bresse chicken ‘demi deuil’ (with truffle slices layered beneath the skin) and, above all, the legendary canard à la presse (pressed duck) – a sizzling 19th-century speciality that involves extracting the juices from the carcass with a shiny silver press (book two weeks ahead for this treat). Luscious desserts such as quivering chocolate soufflé are straight out of Larousse Gastronomique, and the wine list is Otto’s personal tribute to French oenology.

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  1. Otto's Restaurant

    182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW
    Overall rating:

    Enchanting Otto's

      Gold Reviewer  (36)
    Editor's pick

    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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    182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW
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    Claire S.

    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  1. Published : Saturday, 29th March 2014

    The Food Judge :: Otto’s. OTT. In a good way.

    They had me at the Kir. Regular readers will know that Kir is my aperitif of choice. On the menu, Kirs Royale, Vin blanc, Impériale and Pêche. With these Kirs you are spoiling me. I would never have tried this, had I not read the glowing reviews. And as I walked through the nondescript door, I was transported straight back to rural France,to one of my many get in the car and see where we end up holidays, and of those local restaurants you come across by pure chance, serving well-cooked classic dishes for thrumpence. Not that you’ll be paying thrumpence here, mind. The décor may best be described as eclectic...
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  2. Otto’s is a traditional and classic French restaurant in the midst of Bloomsbury, Holborn and Russell Square. Modest in its facade, with curtained windows, you’d easily miss it on the often grey and bleak Gray’s Inn Road. However, step inside and it’s like being whisked to an upmarket bistro in Paris. Rich, ox blood red banquettes line the walls as French waiters and waitresses bustle, providing much theatre by carving huge sides of smoked salmon and mixing steak tartare at the table side. You’re welcomed in and sat with a drink in front of you before you really have time to consider much. The restaurant’s speciality is canard a la presse, which is whole rare roast duck prepared and served at the table in quite an elaborate way. We didn’t go for this, as you need to order in advance. However, the rest of the menu has many exciting options...
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  3. Published : Saturday, 24th August 2013

    vialaporte :: 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...
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