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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016A destination for fans of quirky French opulence, much-loved Otto’s is built on the knowledge and warmth of its eponymous owner – it’s also “fantastic fun”. The interior is a homely mishmash of velvet banquettes, black and white photos, odd statuettes and low-hanging vintage lights, with its biggest draw – two vintage presses (duck and lobster respectively) – displayed centre stage. Pre-order the “not to be missed” canard à la presse, and you’ll find Otto doing the necessary prep over an improvised ice-bucket stove when you arrive. A numbered duck appears for inspection, then returns glistening and golden to be carved tableside and pressed for the glorious sauce. Alternatively, bag a bargain set lunch of scallops with broad bean purée and boudin noir, followed by roast partridge with wild mushrooms and yet more commendable saucing. Puddings such as chocolate praline charlotte often come with a flaming flourish, while Gallic rarities and bargains naturally dominate the wine list at this “French treasure”.

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Otto's Restaurant

182 Gray's Inn Road ,London WC1X 8EW

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Lacking atmosphere

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Feb 2016

Editor's pick Our reservation on a Saturday evening normally a busy time for quality restaurants proved to be a delight for the 6 members of staff on the floor looking a tad bored. We were 2 of 15 other diners, not a lot of conversation or the normal buzz one would expect. All of the above aside and we should talk food and drink, limited menu with very good wine list with a small selection of 1/2 bottles, very good for those wanting to try 2 or 3 different wines with a very well presented French meal. Unfortunately,...

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Peter W.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 6

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Otto's Restaurant

182 Gray's Inn Road ,London WC1X 8EW

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Go for duck 3 ways

by   platinum reviewer (51)

Oct 2015

I know I have already raved about this restaurant in my previous review but I had to update you on the Canard a la Presse, which I have now had the good fortune to devour. This has to be pre-booked as they fly these top of the range ducks from Paris. First, it is presented to us raw, feathers and all, which my mother in law seemed to enjoy. Then our little duck was sizzled in front of us in towering flames and showmanship and then the piece de resistance the sparkling shiny solid silver presse. This...

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Monikasays's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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Otto's Restaurant

182 Gray's Inn Road ,London WC1X 8EW

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Couldn't be more French if you stuck a beret on it, gave it a triclour to wave and got it to spit on Chris Froome

by   platinum reviewer (151)

Jul 2015

Pootling down the Gray's Inn Road a few weeks back, I noticed a commotion outside a dry cleaners. On closer inspection, it turned out that what appeared to be a bullhorn wielding goose was actually directing its ire at Otto's, a discretely fronted restaurant of French origin. I found out later that this "peaceful" protest was because Otto's has the affront to serve foie gras. Duck foie gras, but foie gras nonetheless. I had to try it. On closer digging, it seems that whilst...

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Richard E.'s rating

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

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Otto's Restaurant

182 Gray's Inn Road ,London WC1X 8EW

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Enchanting Otto's

by   platinum reviewer (51)

Sep 2013

Editor's pick 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...

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Monikasays's rating

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

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by   (2)

Aug 2013

Great quality food ,well cooked in generous portions- a great menu. Very well priced wine list and a charming proprietor/host. The service was excellent with just the right level of attentiveness. One of the best all round enjoyable dining experiences in London for quite some time.

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

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