After a few days of preview parties and events, Ototo Food and Wine Bar will be opening for dinner at 4:30 p.m. today, with lunch joining the lineup on December 13.
The former Den Deli space at 1501 South Pearl Street has a sleek new look and a menu to match, broken into Untouched, Lightly Touched and Touched categories.
What's Untouched? Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with Roasted Hen of the Wood Mushrooms ($13), for example, as well as three types of jamon, an array of cheeses and oysters, and "house-brined pickles" ($4) -- a selection that includes green tomatoes from the farm that Yasu and Toshi Kizaki, the brothers who also own Sushi Den and Izakaya Den, recently bought in Brighton.
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On the Touched lineup, there's an amazing Pork and Bean Cassoulet ($12) and Crispy Sweetbreads and Cauliflower Puree ($14).
But the menu item most likely to be touched, and touched again, is from the Lightly Touched roster: the Egg in a Jar, a "soft blend of truffle mashed potatoes, diced Serrano ham, American sturgeon caviar and poached egg steamed together in a Mason jar, topped with fresh shallot, sea salt and chives, and served with grilled Ciabatta for dipping." At just $9, it could be the ultimate comfort food.
For updates on Ototo's opening, call 303-733-2503.