Otium: A Fresh Take On Dining

Otium presents itself as a restaurant that focuses on quality and not the rigid standards of fine dining. The openness and elegance of the restaurant allows you to feel a sense of comfort and ease.
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“Otium” = a Latin abstract term that is used to describe a place in which a person can spend leisure time on social activities.

Opening only a year ago, Otium has already made its mark in Downtown LA.  After hearing great reviews, I knew I had to experience the place for myself and see if it lived up to its name. Otium Downtown LA

THE ATMOSPHERE

When I walked up to Otium, I was taken back by its presence. It’s located in the Broad Museum complex, and gives off an energy that encompasses the passion of art, food, and beauty all in one.

The moment you walk in, you notice the high ceilings, the waterfall of glass raindrops hanging from above, and the wall of tangled green vines. A blend of modern and pleasant interior designs elements.

Otium Downtown LA

Otium Downtown LAWhat I also noticed was the open kitchen, making the space feel a lot like home. You can see the cooks, the fresh food, and your meals being prepared right in front of you.

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Otium Downtown LA Otium presents itself as a restaurant that focuses on quality and not the rigid standards of fine dining. The openness and elegance of the restaurant allows you to feel a sense of comfort and ease.

THE DRINKS

Otium Downtown LAYou can’t grab lunch without grabbing a few drinks as well 😉

I made a stop at the bar and had two of their crowd favorites. I started off with the Unfiltered Sake.

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Yuzu, Green Chile, Ginger, Japanese Cucumber, Vodka
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Anddd we have a winner! This was the perfect blend of ingredients. The cucumber made it light and refreshing, while the chile and ginger gave it that little kick at the end.

Next, I tried the Concord Grape.

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Plymouth Gin, Violette Liqueur. Very simple ingredients with a beautiful presence. It’s that perfect sweet drink with a hint of floral essence.

THE FOOD

One word: AMAZING

The quality really impressed me. I wanted to try everything on the menu, but I had to pace myself and try to stick to a few dishes 🙂

Each dish had such a lovely presentation. The dishes are small, but the food is hearty. The richness and quality of the food compensates for the overall quantity of food.

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Falafel ~ Eggplant, Cucumber, Meyer Lemon, Chickpea
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Hamachi ~ Coriander, Avocado, Lemon, Dill
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Kale ~ Quinoa, Feta, Beets, Walnut, Pear
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Halibut ~ Yukon Gold Potatoes, Chowder, Bacon

MEETING THE CHEF & OWNER

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Chef Timothy Hollingsworth

Timothy Hollingsworth has worked for Chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, competed in the Bocuse d’Or USA, and won multiple rewards such as the James Beard Foundation’s and San Francisco Chronicle’s Rising Chef of the Year Award. Despite his credentials and amazing journey and career prior to Otium, Chef Timothy remains a down to earth spirit who has a passion for food and people.

At the end of the day, I was very pleased and saw how Otium not only fulfills your palate but your whole dining experience.

Join them soon for your own experience! 🙂

Location~

222 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hours~

  • Closed Mondays
  • Brunch Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am – 2:30pm
  • Lunch Tuesday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm
  • Dinner Sunday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Instagram~ @otiumla

Photography: Castro Frank // IG: @meetfrankiec

Megan Li Wang

 

Megan Wang
Megan Wang
Beauty Writer at Happening In DTLA |

Beauty. Art. Life.
Something so simple can be turned into something so intricate.
Art has the ability to empower us and its amazing complexity is very humbling. Have that moment. And connect.