The esteemed MJ recommended that I take a look at the Netflix show Final Table, mainly because Scottish chef Graham Campbell was apparently on very good form during several of the episodes.
What I quickly discovered was that one of the contestants was from LA, his restaurant was round the corner from where I was staying, it had a table the following lunchtime, and so I had a further opportunity to annoy people back home by casually wandering into a restaurant they had probably just added to their list of dream meals.
My fortune in snagging a table was probably aided by downtown LA being fairly quiet in the weekend after Thanksgiving, but I still found the spacious, post-industrial styled premises buzzing with a busy Sunday brunch service.
I was shown to a table with a good view of the kitchen and left to contemplate food and drinks lists. I grabbed a quick hazy pale ale to aid consideration.
I quickly settled upon trying their khachapuri after really enjoying the dish at Hungry Wolf and Vakhtanguri. Although it didn’t specify, I assumed it would be in the Adjarian style and so it proved.
The kitchen sent me a dish of one of their starters, crisp potatoes, which was a good sign that the khachapuri was being prepped to order. It was hearty fare delivered with stylish elegance. The spiced butter was very good.
The khachapuri was a very enjoyable eat, too. It didn’t have the puffed crust of other versions I’ve tried, but the egg had a good runny yolk and the cheese was spot on. The prosciutto topping was of good quality, too.
So overall, Otium is a fresh and vibrant place to eat. I sampled two well executed dishes in highly convivial circumstances. Make sure to stop by next time you’re in town.
Blythe scores Otium
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15.5/20
I ate: khachapuri, tatties
I drank: pale ale
I wore: Hawaiian wear
Total bill: $42.71
Address: 222 Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90012