Review: Otto Infinito, A Cultural Gastronomic Attack
You may be intrigued by the title of this review. It’s simply because the menu at Otto Infinito is designed out of amalgamating traditional dishes from 8 different countries in the Mediterranean region. And it is a full blown attack of diverse flavours and cuisines. The restaurant is spacious with minimal decor in shades of pale white and gold. Otto Infinito will not intimidate you with its price range, interiors and give you a casual, friendly dining feel. We had two extreme experiences when we dined there, so it is only fair to give you a low-down on both the times. The first time was when the restaurant had only just opened while the other time was much later. We suggest you read them both and decide for yourself.
When I stopped by Otto Infinito three days after it opened, I was surprised to see a relatively empty restaurant. This new Mediterranean restaurant shares a wall with Yauatcha (also owned by KA Hospitality) and uses the same valet team as well. Unlike Yautcha and Hakassan, Otto Infinito is a casual all day dining restaurant for comfort food.
We started with the Grilled Halumi Cheese, the assortment of Brushcetta and the Mezze Platter, a side of Grilled Mushrooms and a Truffle Souffle. While the appetizers were generally okay and nothing exceptional, the truffle souffle and mushrooms were excellent. The Halumi however, left much to be desired as it tasted quite bland and rubbery.
For the mains, we order the Mushroom Ravioli, the Margarita Pizza, the Aglio Olia and the Asparagus Risotto. Our party of four was disappointed with everything except the Aglio Olio. The pizza and ravioli were undercooked and the risotto was bland and tasteless. We even had a word with the chef who apologized for the inconvenience. He said that it had been only 3 days since they had been open and that we could expect better next time.
The highlight of the meal was the signature dessert which was simply delicious.
- Meghna Mittal
The first thing that we spotted after entering Otto Infinito was their take-and-go display of salads, quiches, desserts and breads that looked fairly fresh. And once we were seated, the bread-lady came to serve us the common man’s meal. The freshly baked bread bun with that clandestine olive was like discovering pearl inside a sea shell! You will never fall short of it because the bread keeps circulating throughout the evening around the restaurant.
We started with a Maghrebi Assorted Platter comprising a piece each of chicken and lamb kofte that were juicy and tasty, sambousek and falafel served with spicy harissa and labneh dip. The portion did not match up to the taste, as a common thing would be to have two of each in a platter. The Harissa Spiced Prawn started with giving us a bland impression after the koftes, but then the flavour was more subtle and fresh compared to our first dish. Talking about freshness, the cocktails were intoxicatingly light and we wanted to pick out the fruits, pop them into our mouths and sip through the straw till the last drop!
We recommend their Chorizo Raviolli to be your last wish on your death bed. Okay, that dish was really top notch. It was art in the form of food; the luscious chorizo that encased the ricotta, had a shiny glaze of honey with sprinkled chilli and the moment we took a bite, everything else went blur! The Moroccan Roast Chicken had a distinguished flavour but we could hardly taste any feta that the menu claims it has. The portions of the mains are satisfactory as is the presentation and service. The Mushroom Truffle Raviolli was creamy, flavourful and sufficient enough for a full meal.
Their dessert section really tempts you to order one of everything but we decided to go for their unconventional chocolate dessert – the Otto Chocolate and Passion Fruit Ganache. This one’s for those who are willing to experiment with the basic flavour of chocolate. With a strong tinge coming from the passion fruit, it was a hit for us and the marriage of the ganache and Belgian chocolate ice cream was heavenly. We were willing to wait another 30 minutes for their Belgian Chocolate Soufflé that is soaked in grand marnier. But was it worth the wait? Yes, if you’re a fan of soft, light and delicate flavours when it comes to sweet dishes and no, if you thought it to be a chocolate overdose.
An agreeably laissez-faire affair is what you can expect at Otto Infinito. We can’t wait for them to open up their alfresco dining section after the monsoons (hopefully) so we can enjoy a meal out in the open sans the honks and flash lights or residential windows that you can almost peep into!
A meal for two at Otto Infinito will cost approximately Rs. 2,500.
Address: Otto Infinito, G, Block, Raheja Towers, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E), Mumbai 400051
Contact Number: 022 26567777
- Sneha Mankani