I’ve been to Otro a couple of times, once for Sunday brunch a year or so ago, and once for a Sunday roast this winter. I remember really enjoying my brunch and thinking it was the perfect setting for a big family feed, as well as for couples. Katie, Kirsten and I visited a few weeks ago for a roast and again, there were a mix of different sized tables in. The restaurant had such a cosy feel and was lovely and relaxing for a Sunday; we were able to completely wind down and enjoy our afternoon.
The service was just the right amount of attentiveness, without being overbearing. Currently, there’s the option of 2 courses for £19.95 or 3 courses for £24.95, so we decided to mix and match between us. We started by sharing the ham, chicken and leek terrine, as well as the crispy Camembert. For my main I had to have the roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and vegetables. I find it quite hard to eat a whole roast dinner because it’s so filling, but I had no issues packing this one away because of how good it was!
The beef was cooked to perfection; lovely and pink, making it a dream to eat. The potatoes were roasted in duck fat and were wonderfully crispy, whilst still being light and fluffy on the inside. I’m a huge fan of roasted veg, so the onion and carrots went down a treat, as well as the kale. Yorkshire puddings aren’t my favourite, but I ate the entire thing. The only concern was the lack of gravy, but we asked for extra and there were no issues receiving it.
Although pretty full after my roast, we decided to share the cheese board and the chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream. We weren’t in a rush, so we were able to take our time over dessert and enjoy both the sweet and the savoury; it was a delicious end to our meal. Although we had certainly had enough to eat, we were enjoying the ambience and decided to order some red wine to round off a wonderful afternoon.
Whether you’re looking for a summer morning brunch or a winter dinner, Otro is extremely versatile and an excellent location for all meals. However, my favourite so far has been the Sunday roast, which has become, quite possibly, my favourite in Edinburgh.
Atmosphere – 4
Food – 5
Price – 4
Service – 4
Total – 17/20