Otium opened in 2015, adjacent the spectacularly scalloped façade of the Broad Museum near Disney Hall in DTLA. It’s a jewel box in its own right, with high ceilings and a soft glow; a two-story glass-walled wine storage tower, the room’s literal centerpiece, gets you in a vinous mood. Chef Timothy Hollingsworth’s menu is extravagant and constantly changing. How extravagant? How do you feel about sea urchin spaghetti with smoked-scallop cream and black truffle?
Andrew Petingell’s wine list is vast and deep; it includes an extensive Burgundy section, but also more than 100 bottles under $100. “We have value here that just-opened restaurants can’t offer with today’s mark-ups,” he likes to point out. Many of the wines he brought on the list in 2015, for example, have remained at their original price. Not to mention the $200 bottle of 2012 Dom Pérignon, selling below retail. Alyssa Shepherd recently joined the team as wine director. When asked what she’d pair with that sea urchin spaghetti, Hollingsworth’s special-of-the-day, she offered Pierre Morey 2014 Bâtard-Montrachet, then laughed, “It’s also a great value.”
Otium is part of our Top 30 LA List of 2023. Read the whole story here.
This story appears in the print issue of Spring 2023.
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