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“Spectacular Dinner”
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Ranked #1,380 of 22,516 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: 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.
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“Spectacular Dinner”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

Old style French dinner at its best. Think La Tour d'Argent in Paris and you get close. Started with 'pata negra' 5 J sliced next to our table by Otto himself. In retrospect we should have also have the hand sliced smoked salmon and shared....next time. Wine a 2008 Aloxe Corton was perfect. For the mains I had grouse off the bone which was as good as it gets, cooked perfectly and my wife had lapin roti with mustard....superb. Many tables around us had the steak tartar which again was prepared by Otto rushing from table to table to assure everything was at its best. Another pleasant surprise was the breads (hot) and toasts served correctly enhancing the dishes. The wine list was solid and not overpriced so you really had a good selection in any price range and Otto has a "sweet spot" for Sherry, Madeira and Ports with an extensive list by bottle or glass. We finished the meal with a creme brulle with a 2000 Bual and were just relaxing (Otto does not do two sittings so the table is yours for the evening) and he offered us a 30 year old Sherry as he saw how we appreciated the Bual to properly compare the two. What we did not order (mistake !!!) was the chocolate souffle which at the next table we watched as the two gentlemen inhaled every spoonful. We did not try Otto's two course duck a la presse but we will next time. This is truly a restaurant out of old Paris in the heart of London. Don't miss it.

  • Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Have had lunch a couple of times. Last time the food was excellent. Fish terrine, duck in pastry, meringue and pistachio dessert. All interesting and absolutely tip-top.

Service was also very good. My only equivocation is that for me it is a little pricey, but for London the prices are quite fair.

  • Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Very good restaurant”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Very and almost (but not quite) stereotypically French, a delightful restaurant in a moderately nice part of London.

It's only small (so book), but the service is very good*, the food and drink delicious and the experience overall quite charming. There's enough variety to appeal to different tastes, but without straying away from the French style of rich flavours.

*except for when we asked for a wine recommendation and were told that they were all good ... which wasn't quite the most helpful answer.

We had starters, mains, 2 glasses of champagne and a half bottle of white and it came to about £120, which is fair for a good quality meal and experience.

There are plenty of good restaurants in London but this one feels less grand (it really is small), more genuine and more focused. Recommended.

  • Visited August 2013
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“Fantastic Experience - charming restaurant”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Went here for my birthday dinner on a trip to London in August. I found the restaurant on line and was really looking forward to the experience of the pressed duck. From beginning to end the night was a delight. All the staff were welcoming and professional. Otto in particular was a gracious dn entertaining host. The food was superb. But be warned there is a lot of duck for two people. All in all the experience lasted 3.5 hrs. Would definitly return to the restaurant to eat from the ala carte, the duck is a great experience but a once off threat.

  • Visited August 2013
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“A trip to Paris”
Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

I have never been to the Tour d'Argent in Paris but I think this is what it would be like minus the prices and minus stiff service. The menu is classic French with all sorts of dishes I haven't seen in years. Tournedos Rossini anyone? Everything we had was absolutely delicious and a reminder of why the classics endure. Highly recommended.

  • Visited August 2013
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