17th July 2017 6pm
After visiting New Chapter earlier in the year, when sister restaurant Otro opened, a visit was definitely on the cards. Decided to visit here with a friend for a little celebratory dinner. Situated a short stroll from Haymarket, Otro is a pleasant venue with several spaces for eating and drinking. On arrival the sun was streaming in, giving the dining room a light and airy feel. We were allowed to order from the pre-theatre menu which finished at 6pm. There was a nice choice on this menu as well as the a la carte. We picked ourselves some drinks and I chose the chicken terrine followed by the linguine (although I was already eyeing up the dessert options too). My dining companion opted for the crispy squid followed by the rainbow trout.
Each of the dishes we were presented with looked beautiful. My starter consisted of a confit chicken and sun blushed tomato terrine, topped with a parsley and caper salsa. There were also two thinly toasted bits of bread and a side salad. The terrine stayed moist due to the confit method of cooking the chicken. The salsa was perky and gave the dish a great summer feel. I am not sure the toasts were of any use as they broke under any weight, but tasted nice enough. Across the table, my friend was tucking into crispy squid, with a tomato and watermelon salad and a yuzu mayonnaise. I wasn’t sure if the salad would work but my friend reassured me that it was a success. The whole dish tasted great. There was one small complaint that the squid wasn’t evenly crispy, only finding the crunch right on the edge. However, this didn’t detract too much from the dish.
I could smell my main before I saw it. The pesto on my linguine smelt wonderful and tasted just as good. This pasta dish also had two types of courgette mixed through it and some lovely pine nuts to give it some texture. A successful dish. Over on the other side of the table, the rainbow trout looked beautiful. The fish was served with crushed baby potatoes, peas, broad beans and cherry tomatoes. My dining partner said she preferred the potatoes served this was as mash would have been too smooth. There was a foam that brought the plate of food together too, which worked a treat. We were both very impressed with this course.
We decided we had just enough room for dessert. As it was a nice summer’s day (yeah, who thought we had those in Edinburgh?!) I chose the vanilla panna cotta and my friend went for the praline and hazelnut brownie. I have to admit, I had major food envy when I saw the desserts placed on the table. It’s not that mine didn’t look lovely, it was just that the brownie was a sight to behold. The brownie was a generous size and sat with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some large chunks of honeycomb. My friend kindly allowed me to taste a little, and if this is on the menu next time I visit, I am having that, possibly before I eat anything else! Everything was perfect on that dish. My panna cotta was actually very lovely. Stacked in a glass, the top layer was a raspberry mousse, almost like a sorbet, with elderflower jelly layered just beneath that. The jelly had berries set within it. At the bottom was the creamy panna cotta, liberally permeated with seeds from vanilla pods. Top notch.
Otro’s staff were excellent, friendly and welcoming. We were not hurried from our table, even though as the evening progressed, the restaurant became very busy (nice to see on a Monday evening). They probably missed a trick by not coming to ask if we wanted more drinks but we were too busy chatting to notice. A really lovely dinner.
Food – 9/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 9/10
Value – 9/10
Overall – 36/40
Would I eat here again? Definitely (and my friend is already planning to head back with some of her other friends).
Cost £50 for two 3 course pre-theatre meals plus a cocktail, an aperol spritz and a glass of wine