I’ve been able to reconnect with some old friends lately, and the time spent doing that has been really special. Everyone is busy, but when you make that effort to get together… it’s as if things slow down for just a little bit. I had an opportunity to do this at Otium a few weeks ago.
Otium is the small contemporary building sandwiched between The Broad and The Emerson. It’s set back from the street, giving a nice little grassy area for museum visitors to sit and have a small snack. Reservations are recommended as the restaurant is generally busy. Prepare yourself for DTLA parking. The Broad, Disney Concert Hall are some good options as a last resort. I personally park farther away because I like the walk.
Once you step inside, the bar is straight ahead and dining is to your right. Right in front of the bar is their open kitchen, where they have their raw ingredients displayed. The building has a really contemporary envelope, with gentle warm tones on the interior.
As you walk further into the dining area, their open kitchen concept allows you to see them prepare your meal.
We decided that wine was in order for this get together.
We arrived shortly after 2 and made it in time for brunch. Their brunch menu was different. It was closer to a light lunch with elements of breakfast in some of their dishes, which was really great for the time of day. We took our time and made sure to order plenty of food.
We ordered their special, which was really fun. It was grilled pork belly and french toast that came with a great preserve that was made in house.
See my Instagram to see a fun video.
We sat for a long time talking and laughing. By the end of the meal (and our bottle of wine) we were all pretty relaxed. Otium was the perfect place for this small gathering. Hoping this post gives you a nudge to schedule something soon with friends or family.