Restaurants & Bars Chicago Area

Otom Review

jpschust | | Sep 20, 2007 06:54 AM

Two nights ago we ate at Moto's significantly cheaper and odd sister Otom (moto backwards). Food is more upscale, trendy (note that I'm not using trendy in a negative sense) comfort food. Excellent though. We started with salmon ceviche. Normally you don't make ceviche out of salmon but this was incredible. Served on homemade tortilla chips, the salmon shared the same cube size as cucumber and just perfectly flavored. No fishy flavor, just fresh simple flavors.

We also started with the trio of mini-burgers served on brioche- one was with a fried quail egg on top, one was with shitakes and swiss and the other was cheddar with thick cut bacon. Great, though nothing brand new. Nice though that our burgers were served medium instead of well like some places do. The homemade ketchup was heirloom tomatoes and the mustard was a very nicely spiced simple yellow.

For entrees we had short rib ravioli and mac and cheese. Both were stunningly good, but very classic preps. The mac and cheese isn't the homestyle you might be used to, but closer to a modern take on it with panko breadcrums and while creamy, not overly so. The ravioli are large ravioli with perfectly soft meat inside.

For dessert we shared an apple crumble served in a small crock with oatmeal and brown sugar crust. Simple, tart, sweet tasty.

Total bill including 2 cocktails and 2 glasses of wine was about 110 before tip. In my mind, very very affordable.

Service was perfect as we have come to expect from Moto, though at Otom we didn't know what to expect. Waiter was friendly, not pushy, and really knew how to attend to a table. Only very very minor complaint- I really hate those stemless riedel tumblers they use for wine. Riedel should be shot for making these. Wine glasses have stem for a reason. If this is all I'm going to get bent out of shape about, we're in pretty good shape :P

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