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Otto

A taste of Germany in the middle of Tijuca

Otto

Prices from R$ 29 to R$ 48

Open Mon-Thu noon-midnight; Fri-Sat noon-2am; Sun noon-11pm.

Rua Uruguai 380 shop 22&23, Tijuca

Telephone (21) 2268 1579

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Otto website

So, Tijuca may not be everybody’s first option for a slap-up dinner, but its nevertheless a good spot to take a slightly less expensive route towards foodie heaven. For its part, the longstanding Otto manages to hit the spot with a few speciality dishes that are hard to come by elsewhere in the city, let alone in Tijuca. Start off with the Kleine Würst (R$22) mixed sausage selection, a refreshingly salt and gristle-free platter (for anyone over-exposed to some of Rio’s less-than-pure-meat offerings) including the rather tasty vitela (veal) banger.

The show-stealer (best accompanied by a more substantial main) is the baked palm heart (R$28), a pricey but delicious (and healthier) alternative to cod balls or pasteis. Baked in its skin and similar to artichoke, the waiter carves open a good metre of the tree’s centre at your table to expose perfectly tender flesh then displays it proudly on a dish before dressing in two house sauces (melted butter and capers with parsley). Live music at the weekends, a good chopp and decent atmosphere make Otto a bit of a must for anyone looking to combine a love of Germanic and carioca nightlife.

7 May 2013.

Words by Time Out Rio de Janeiro editors
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