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The name and location are familiar but the menu is new.EXPAND
The name and location are familiar but the menu is new.
Danielle Lirette

First Look: Ototo Is Back on Old South Pearl

Ototo, the "little brother" in the Sushi Den and Isakaya Den family from Toshi and Yasu Kizaki, closed on the first day of 2012, but reopened this week with an updated look and menu. The Kizaki brothers are doing a three-week, reservations-only test run before rolling out the full menu and hours.

The new incarnation of Ototo will focus on robatayaki (skewered meats grilled over bincho-tan charcoal), small plates, a small selection of Den Corner's always luscious raw bar and sashimi, and egg ramen noodle bowls. Sake and Japanese whiskey will feature prominently on the bar list.

In typical Den Corner fashion, reservations are already booked up until then, but here's a look at what you can expect come late September.

Thinly sliced grilled tongue with dipping sauce.EXPAND
Thinly sliced grilled tongue with dipping sauce.
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A selection from Ototo's well curated sake roster.EXPAND
A selection from Ototo's well curated sake roster.
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Sausage grilled over Japanese bincho-tan charcoal.EXPAND
Sausage grilled over Japanese bincho-tan charcoal.
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Ototo's open windows look out onto the surrounding Platt Park neighborhood.EXPAND
Ototo's open windows look out onto the surrounding Platt Park neighborhood.
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First Look: Ototo Is Back on Old South PearlEXPAND
Danielle Lirette
First Look: Ototo Is Back on Old South Pearl
Danielle Lirette
First Look: Ototo Is Back on Old South PearlEXPAND
Danielle Lirette
First Look: Ototo Is Back on Old South PearlEXPAND
Danielle Lirette
First Look: Ototo Is Back on Old South PearlEXPAND
Danielle Lirette
First Look: Ototo Is Back on Old South PearlEXPAND
Danielle Lirette
First Look: Ototo Is Back on Old South PearlEXPAND
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A secluded room in the back for private groups.EXPAND
A secluded room in the back for private groups.
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First Look: Ototo Is Back on Old South PearlEXPAND
Danielle Lirette
First Look: Ototo Is Back on Old South PearlEXPAND
Danielle Lirette
First Look: Ototo Is Back on Old South Pearl
Danielle Lirette

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