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|Address:||182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW|
|Tel:||020 7713 0107|
|Price: £45.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £39.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-1.45pm Mon-Sat 6-9.45pm|
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Otto's is a very special bijou French bistro in a rather grey road (Grays Inn rd) in London. The exterior has a beguiling front and the interior is charming/ kitsch and ever so slightly reminiscent of Fawlty Towers (in a good way). One of the main draws here is the ‘ Canard a la Presse’, which is basically a duck flown over from France, gallantly presented to the table raw, then sizzled in front of you. This is followed by an exuberant display of the workings of a shiny silver presse crushing the carcass and good stuff to produce tasty duck juices. The end result is a very attractive plate of duck with rich ducky jus. Unfortunately i tried to preorder this 2 weeks before, but another large table beat us to it i.e. book well in advance. Ah well, another reason to go again. The food was proper fancy French food with delicious, belly-busting, artery-clogging tendencies. My starter of langoustine ravioli had perfect al-dente pasta, succulent morsels of langoustine and a rich seafood bisque. The highlight was the beef with a huge chunk of caramelised fois gras (so big, i thought it was another slab of beef) accompanied by the deepest, richest heavenly jus you will ever taste. I had fantasised about the crepes suzette, which unfortunately was not on the menu. The service was charming, not too intrusive and welcoming. There are few places in London like this, truly enchanting.