Otto is a wine bar from Eric Tronchon, an MOF chef who runs the nearby one-star restaurant Solstice. I got to know (and love) Tronchon’s cooking when he was at Semilla, and when he developed the menu for Semilla’s next-door wine bar Freddy’s. The menu at Otto is very similar to Freddy’s: diminutive plates of grilled shitake mushrooms, fried things, grilled seafood. The wine list at both places is outstanding. But in contrast to Freddy’s, which is always so busy that we can never seem to get a seat, Otto is deserted. At least it was the night I went. I’d recommend it when you need a last-minute spot to take wine-loving friends who probably aren’t going to eat that much. Especially if that group includes vegetarians, and especially on a Sunday or Monday night.
OUR PHOTOS OF OTTO
IN OTHER WORDS
- Michelin Guide “A welcome addition to the rue Mouffetard: this bistro with a minimalist decor comprising concrete floor and ceiling is modelled on the Japanese izakaya. Under the leadership of chef Eric Trochon, Otto proposes a cuisine for sharing based on a short menu that revolves around the produce, simply accompanied by a condiment or a sauce for that extra kick. Hence chimichurri, sauce vierge or diable, ponzu sauce or lemon condiment are served alongside meat and fish, often cooked over binchotan coals.”