We’ve already enjoyed the fruits of the mixologist’s skill at The OTTO Club, Ryde’s newest (and only?) members club. Last week we popped in for the Burns Night supper crafted by head chef; Jack Blumenthal, who demonstrated his special culinary expertise.
Having experienced a hardcore Burns Night supper elsewhere, we were #SorryNotSorry that our meal didn’t include bagpipes or the traditional address to the haggis.
Releasing our rolled linen napkins from their tartan ribbons, we began our four course meal with these dainty Scotch quail eggs. Perfectly done, with soft centres and hot sausagey insulation, coated with regulation breadcrumbs – a tasty start to the meal.
Continuing the Caledonian theme, we both chose Scottish salmon gravadlax for our next course. The surprisingly chunky jewel-like meat was melt-in-the-mouth scrumptious. The accompanying cucumber pickle and dill mustard mayonnaise injected flavour notes throughout this attractive starter.
One of our friends kept the faith with the haggis tart, served, of course, with swede purée and haggis crumb. It was declared to be “delicious”.
Matt’s main was lamb shank Scotch broth. A hunk of meat, presented bone-up on a bed of vegetables, with a brothy moat of roast root veg. The fresh charred fennel gave it an aniseedy tang.
The pan-seared rainbow trout slipped down nicely, thank you. Cat loved its supersoft flaky texture and moist flesh; the perfect foil to the radicchio and sautéed new potatoes. But this wasn’t posh fish and chips; the salsa verde added a flash of colour and more flavour.
We all plumped for sticky toffee pudding, and boy, it was sticky – almost treacly, as is the Scottish way. It wasn’t overly sweet and the vanilla ice cream helped smooth it down our eager throats.
Our first meal at OTTO showed that there is talent in the kitchen and, for £30 for four courses, it was good value. We managed to significantly pimp our bill with several bottles of wine and a few of the club’s themed cocktails (priced from £9 each), so a jolly time was had by all!
The OTTO Club is an exclusive members-only venue.