Value for money
Having long been a fan of barbequed halloumi, an invitation to a halloumi tasting menu had me intrigued to see the how saltiness and unusual texture would marry with other flavours.
The tasting menu was served as tapas style sharing dishes so my dining partner and I were able to sample most of the dishes on offer, but the one that jumped out at me, and turned out to be a firm favourite, was halloumi fries with harissa yoghurt and pomegranate. The creaminess of the yoghurt took the fire out of any spiciness in the harissa mix whilst letting the salty flavour of the perfectly crisped batons take centre stage and the scattering of pomegranate seeds were like little jewels of sweetness – delicious.
For our next dish we chose grilled asparagus with a pea and broad bean salad dressed with grated halloumi. The freshness of the beautifully cooked vegetables was like a burst of spring dancing across your taste buds, with the halloumi adding its characteristic saltiness.
My dining partner particularly liked the courgette, chickpea and halloumi fritters with the aromatic taste of basil mayo bringing the gentle sweetness of the courgette to the fore.
A somewhat unusual dish to see in a restaurant, the coddled egg, served with smoked halloumi, wild garlic and mushrooms had all the wonderful homeliness of comfort food but would, in my opinion, be better served at breakfast.
I have to confess that although the burnt aubergine added a wonderfully depth of flavour as an accompaniment, both my dining partner and I found that the lamb and halloumi meatballs had a somewhat rubbery texture which neither of us enjoyed.
The staff at Otro were friendly and attentive, the atmosphere was delightfully vibrant and for those who aren’t complete halloumi-heads you can pick and choose between the halloumi and standard menus.
Address: 22 Coates Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 7AF
Telephone: 0131 556 0004