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First Look: French Laundry Alum Tim Hollingsworth Reveals His Menu at Otium

Eater's Kat Odell chats with the acclaimed chef about his new Los Angeles restaurant, and scores a first taste of the dinner menu.

Chef Tim Hollingsworth spent 13 years at Napa, California's The French Laundry—rated one of the world's 50 best restaurants per S.Pellegrino—and represented the U.S. in the prestigious world cooking competition the Bocuse d'Or in 2009. He decamped from Northern California two and a half years ago with plans to open his own place in Los Angeles. Inspired by the food he grew up cooking and eating in Texas, Hollingsworth gave Studio City a barbecue joint last year, intending to launch a more serious restaurant with local restaurateur Bill Chait.

And now the wait is finally over. Los Angeles' most anticipated restaurant to open this year, Otium, is finally ready with dinner service after soft rolling lunch late last month. While Otium isn't a conventional fine dining restaurant—no white tablecloths or tasting menus here—it certainly is a place that takes food and drink seriously and, by Los Angeles standards, Otium is one of the city's more proper restaurants.

Above, Eater's Kat Odell stopped in for a first taste of Hollingsworth's rustically polished, share-friendly dinner plates flavored by his worldwide travels.


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