The Ottomani

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Richard
ELITE
1644 reviews
7.5
28 November 2018
This is great for middle Eastern Clubs. I really enjoy this. Combining our fresh local cuisines to this amazing middle eastern preparation. Amazing!

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INFLUENCER
49 reviews
8
27 November 2018
Hidden behind the moody glass windows of Parisian styled “Fat Prince” is the middle eastern gem The Ottomani. The bar served up a chic cocktail selection for our party of four, showcasing their unique take on the old fashioned, something called “between the fashions” which I highly recommend as an aperitif. Stepping from the bar through the enticingly curved, tiled archway you arrive in a completely different world; low tables, cushions, individual carpets underfoot and a variety of cool jazz from around the world setting the mood. It conveys the sumptuous, secretive, slightly illicit feel of a Casablanca speakeasy backroom, minus the bootlegged booze and the cigarette smoke. The service team are amazingly attentive, smartly dressed and knowledgeable. Most importantly they are there when you need them (discreet when you don’t), have all the answers you require and are able to engage in conversation, something that other restaurants fail to grasp is a differentiator. Simple things like making a joke about the menu, or knowing something about the wines on the tasting list...they all make a difference. The menu is brilliantly simple and quirkily named. Sometimes a focus on fewer quality items is better and the sampling ‘a la carte’ approach helps. With four courses and only four items on each (only two desserts) you simply pick one from each course and you know the kitchen will nail it; even if they did not get it right on test. I loved to see a vegetarian option called “Mary had a wooden spoon” as if taking the veggie option was a consolation prize. And something called “the accident”....well if it made it to the menu then it was the best accident ever. It all points to a style of trial, honesty and pride. Smaller first and second courses, mouthfuls of taste from the Levant precede heftier third courses (one between two) of meats and fish. For four of us, we chose lamb, pork and added an extravagant third plate of beef (small extra cost) all tender, spiced and delicious, served with accompanying potatoes, tomatoes, cous cous like bulgar wheat pearls all added to being transported to Persia for the evening. Some of the choices do have an added cost, like the oyster or the beef, but that’s somewhat standard. All I would say is that the attention to detail on each (and remember there’s only four choices per course) is very high so it does pay to go that extra mile. The hunk of wonderfully cooked beef was delightful and I had the honour (the pleasure) of carving it for the table. And did I have a wonderful evening and did I feel that I had been taken on a flight of fancy? Absolutely...a great experience. JeremyL2624 on TripAdvisor

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ELITE
177 reviews
8
27 November 2018
Classic through the vibrancy and exotic flavors of the Middle East, at the same time, current through the kitchen's execution and interpretation. The Ottomani focuses on combining fresh, local and sustainable ingredients with unique ones from far off regions of Morocco to Turkey. Creativity meets tradition, leaving guests feeling comforted and surprised as if your meal was an experience that connects you to the past and showcases how progressive Middle Eastern food can get.

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