After a successful first season in 2012 and 2013, Otto Ristorante on Finger Wharf 10 in Woolloomooloo is now a permanent fixture on the dining scene, thanks to popular demand for the casual-dining, BYO to be available year-round

If last years’ atmosphere was anything to go by, we can expect casual and relaxed dinners with a regularly changing menu, driven by fresh produce and accompanied by those famous waterfront views. The Larder will be serving dinner on weeknights from 6pm.

“Last year had the best vibe and it worked really well – we got a great response,” says John Fink, of the Fink group that includes Quay as well as Otto.

“We didn’t tell anyone we were opening the other night and it was full. That was just word of mouth. I’d like to think we could put a different restaurant in the space every six months to keep it interesting. It means waterside dining is more affordable. It’s about broadening the range of what we can offer that’s how any business can survive.”

A sneak peek at the menu promises ocean trout kim chi, share plates of Asian-style mussels and pork belly with apricots and orange dressing. There’ll be Riesling by the glass, carafes of Aperol spritzer or apple mojitos and even the option of BYO wine ($5 corkage per bottle).

With more and more events and eateries using city spaces in creative ways (think Hungry Mondays originally cooking overnight in the old El Capo space, Naked Indiana popping up between leases in Surry Hills and their neighbour Little H doing takeaway lunches from Bar H) it’s just another great example of making the most of a restaurant space with clever thinking.

The Larder at Otto Ristorante
Area 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
(02) 9368 7488

Hours Mon to Fri 6pm–late

ottoristorante.com.au