Otium — which roughly translates as “to be at leisure” in Latin — is the stunning new restaurant from Los Angeles restaurant magnate Bill Chait and former French Laundry chef Tim Hollingsworth next to Downtown L.A.’s recently-opened Broad Museum.
At night, the stand-alone building looks like a series of glowing cubes, with large windows alternating with vertical wood-plank walls. The “sophisticated rustic” eatery is designed by Studio Unltd and South Pasadena-based interior designer House of Honey, with building architect Osvaldo Maiozzi.
An open kitchen features wood-burning ovens and impressive racks of hanging ducks, while herbs and vegetables will grow on the roof. Overlooking a pocket park and the striking Broad building, the patio is sure to be popular with museum-goers. The menu emphasizes imaginative presentations and unusual combinations like foie gras funnel cakes and tri-tip kimchi fried rice. Don’t miss the Rickey cocktail with rhubarb and raspberry air.