Sunday Lunch at Otro
I’ve never really got round to devoting much energy to investigating the best places for Sunday lunch in Edinburgh because there still aren’t that many places that offer roasts and I’m not convinced there’s an overwhelming demand to be met.
My default advice is to head to The Walnut or The Ox if meaty roast and Yorkshire puds are your thing as they’re consistently the best I’ve both sampled and heard about from others. The Bon Vivant has quite recently added a Sunday roast which I’m assured is excellent, also.
When regular guest questers Hayley and Jessica spotted on Instagram that Otro had added a three course Sunday lunch option, including some very bonnie looking roast beef we agreed that we should give it a try.
Otro has established itself well since opening back in early 2017. I’ve visited on a number of occasions and always been impressed. Their menu offers well-considered, locally sourced dishes for a very reasonable pricetag and this Sunday menu follows that pattern. It features two courses for £19.95 or three for £24.95.
We were sampling it during its second week so had the added bonus of a free carafe of house red to go with it, although that was just an initial offer.
From the set menu, Hayley started with the chicken liver parfait while Jessica and I opted for the cauliflower and smoked applewood cheese Sunday soupy soup.
The soup was deeply creamy with subtle and well-balanced notes of the cheese and cauli. I liked it a lot. Hayley made all the right noises about her parfait, too.
We all plumped for the roast beef for main. It was a mountain of beautifully slow-cooked beef carved into rustic slices. The Yorkshire was light and crisp, and the roast potatoes were splendid. Our only collective quibble was that a spot more of the meaty gravy wouldn’t have gone amiss but this was a minor point.
Jessica chose the flavour-fuelled kaffir lime churros for dessert, while Hayley was deeply appreciative of her rhubarb with stem ginger pannacotta. I chose cheese which was very good with enough crackers for everyone to get a sample of the three cheese selection.
We rounded things out with coffees and were left to reflect on a highly enjoyable Sunday lunch.
So overall, Otro served us a very good roast with some top-notch accompaniments for a very agreeable pricetag. Perhaps I will get round to investigating a few more of the roast options across the city. I suspect I won’t find too many better than this one, though.
Total bill: £82.25