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“Great French dinner experience”
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Ranked #337 of 25,280 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Clerkenwell
Description: On entering Otto's you are presented with a warm welcome in this beautifully decorated, even a tad quirky, hidden away gem of a restaurant that transports you to the Belle Époque of 1870’s Paris. Otto honours the spirit of Auguste Escoffier with Classics such as Escargots, Steak Tartar and the spectacular Canard de Rouen a la Presse. Downstairs reveals a Private Dining Room with a Grand Dining Table, a most enchanting place to celebrate, entertain and share frivolities with friends.This wonderful recipe was created at the beginning of the 19 century by a restaurateur from Rouen named Mechenet. This recipe for pressed duck owed much of its success the the Duke of Chartres, who commanded it highly in Paris. When the renowned cook Frederick took over the restaurant La Tour d'Argent, he began numbering all the pressed ducks that he served, intending to make the dish the speciality of his restaurant.
Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

If your are a friend of fois gras you have reached your destination but not only the starters are great but also the deserts. The the Soufle aux Grand Marnier is to die for. Definitely coming back for the duck that we forgot to pre-order.

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Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

After our lunch with the lobster pressed we returned with our friend for the duck a’la presse. Our friend who is a general manager for a London Italian restaurant chose the turbot tasting menu we pre ordered the presse duck . A great experience the sauces for the duck were fantastic accompanied with the wine recommendations by Otto was fantastic. After 4 hours our lunch ended with great desserts and a complementary glass of champagne. Classic French cuisine paired with Otto’s cullenary skills

Thank Alan C
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

Well worth the fight through the snow to enjoy a fabulous meal. What a beautiful restaurant. Beautiful traditional deco, wonderful friendly staff and fantastic food.

Everything we ate that evening was delicious.

One tiny issue, the bathrooms were freeing cold.

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Thank 63lynn
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Reviewed February 15, 2018

My wife and I visited last Friday for lunch. I’ve known Otto since his days as Maitre in a city restaurant. He is now magnificent, running his own restaurant, great food and wine choices and supported by a great team, with Helen as his second in command. It’s quirky, but wonderful and a real antidote to the stage managed or corporate restaurants that seem to be everywhere. Highly recommended.

Thank John D
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Reviewed February 14, 2018

Otto's is a time warp -- it feels like a proper French Restaurant from 1950s Soho. It's a grown-up sort of place, the look and feel of which has an apparent artlessness that points to a certain deftness of skill and taste. It won't be to everyone's taste. There are red velvet banquettes, comfortable Windsor chairs, random statues and paintings (sic) that could have been painted 50 years ago in Montmartre. The waiters (yes, waiters, all men) in their dark suits present a united and professional front, delivering up a service that is efficient and well timed without being overly demonstrative or showy. They are all very clearly professional waiters. When our starters were late due to an error in the kitchen the waiter apologised and offered up a plate of fois gras with toasted slices of brioche by way of apology. And then there is the food. Beautifully prepared and presented, well-considered, slightly old fashioned (in a good way) French cooking that is difficult to find these days, even in France. At least in the parts of France I know. The basement part of the establishment, so reviled by reviewer Clarkybravo, I found to be one of the most pleasant parts of the building. It looked exactly like a restaurant I used to visit in Paris in the 60s. Altogether, this is a treat -- an expensive treat, but worth every penny. We have been three or four times, and there is now a set price lunch menu -- wonderful value at £24 for two courses.

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