OTIUM is a modern restaurant located in the Turtle Lake valley of Tbilisi, Georgia. The big, red tunnel entrance makes a statement and attracts diners right away. However, the long staircase down to the dining area may not be very friendly to seniors and the disabled. The restaurant has a modern, minimalist interior decor, and it can accommodate up to 240 guests indoors. The outdoor garden space near the forest is suitable for barbeque sessions or cocktail reception.
The restaurant serves Georgian and European dishes. On the night of this review, MICEreview ordered Garlic Chicken with cream sauce, a traditional Georgian dish. Customers may be misled to think that this refers to chicken cooked with a rich, creamy gravy like carbonara. Instead, it is more like roasted chicken simmered in a garlic soup with a dose of cream. The soup was full of aroma and did not taste too rich. The chicken was well roasted but not too burnt or dry, hence the meat was still smooth and tender. Overall, it was a very appetizing dish. The restaurant also served a wonderful Lobiani, a Georgian pastry with mashed beans filling. The Lobiani here has a thin, crispy pastry crust, and the mashed beans was not overwhelming.
Otium is indeed a unique venue suitable for modern or futuristic theme dinners.
(MICEreview paid in full for the meal in this review)
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