Otium is the gorgeous new eatery (the place is fancier than an “eatery” but I’m feeling combative) connected to the insanely popular and just a bit bratty, Broad Museum.
Not pronounced Brah-d, like one would think.
Rather, it’s pronounced Broh-d.
Annoying. Right, bro? Broseph?
Regardless, I outright refuse to pronounce the name correctly. I AM in a feisty mood today, aren’t I??
Ok, enough about me. Here’s my take on all things Otium.
My overall opinion? Great for drinks and sharing a few small plates. But only right after payday, as it’s a bit pricey.
We ordered, like, every single drink from their cocktail menu. They were fun, boozy, and quite pretty.
The food was also artfully presented. The decadent Bucatini pasta dish is begging to be Instagrammed. The Hamachi also looks like a work of art, but is a super tiny portion. It’s minimalist art, I suppose.
The crispy potatoes were definitely not pretty but they were delicious! Ugly and amazing. Like a Picasso bust? Ok, I really don’t nearly enough art education in my background to be continuing down this path. My apologies.
The Tri Tip and rice dish was very tasty and will definitely fill up your dining companions (as long as you each order other stuff and plenty of cocktails).
Otium is certainly a nice companion to an afternoon at the Broad. If you can manage to score tickets online 18 months in advance or fellate someone for a decent spot in the stand by line.
222 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90012