Otium

Top choice modern american in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

In a modernist pavilion beside the Broad is this fun, of-the-moment hot spot helmed by chef Timothy Hollingsworth. Prime ingredients conspire in unexpected ways, from the crunch of wild rice and amaranth in an eye-candy salad of avocado, beets and pomegranate, to octopus with green garlic, black trumpet mushroom and tom kha (Thai coconut broth) to 'large-format' steaks (to $185).

It's best to reserve a table around five days in advance if planning to dine here on a Friday or Saturday night. That said, the best seat in the house is at the walk-in bar, where dexterous barkeeps flip, shake and stir extraordinary cocktails such as the PB&J (gin, peanut butter–washed Campari and pomegranate). Don't miss the giant fish-themed mural by Damian Hirst on the building's exterior.


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