Creative, classy and popular, Otro is fast becoming a gem of the West End.
Otro means 'other' but don’t take that as reference to some transgressive element at this quietly classy West End bistro, as this is a place that doesn’t rely on weird flourishes to stand out. Nestled in a capacious network of cobalt-blue Georgian dining rooms, there’s a confident, faintly businesslike air, tempered by swift, affable service and a diverse clientele. Thanks to head chef Maciej Szymik and team, dishes have personality without pretence. A haggis and egg starter, for instance, comes scattered with crunchy granola in a harmonious, oaty duet; while some verdantly green (and wonderfully buttery) parsley mash accompanying a pearlescent cod steak lends contrast to a dish that could look pallid in other hands. Desserts are treated with a similar flair; a rhubarb pavlova is floridly fragrant with rosewater, while a dark chocolate fondant is spiked with sweet-sour maraschinos. Sometimes there’s a heavy hand with the seasoning or an occasional flavour misstep, but there’s life to the cooking which isn’t all about finesse and flair. You don’t need to rely on the 'other' to do something well.
- Private dining: Up to 40 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Capacity: 120
- Largest group: 42
- Open since: 2017
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
- House wine: £19.95 per bottle