NEW ULM - The new chef at Otto's Restaurant is making his mark by bring new dining options to New Ulm.
Matt Anderson joined Otto's in January and has introduced a new "Supper Club" menu that is available Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. The new menu focuses on old-school foods and service to create an event atmosphere.
The menu is served in a sectioned off part of the restaurant and traditional serving methods are employed, such as serving the salad from a table-side cart.
Staff photo by Josh Moniz
Otto’s Restaurant’s new chef Matt Anderson holds two new menu items. At left is a traditional wiener schnitzel with red cabbage, sauerkraut and salt-and-pepper potato from the Supper Club menu and (at right) a Western bacon cheeseburger with onion rings for the bar and dinner menu.
The menu has 15 new food items, along with eight new martinis and 13 new cocktails. One food item that Anderson emphasized was the thick, hand-cut steaks.
"The hand-cut steaks are something people have moved away from. It's not significantly harder to do, but it allows us to make them the way we want to," said Anderson.
The menu also sports several German dishes for local appeal.
WHAT: Spring Wine
Dinner at Otto's
WHEN: Social, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m.; Thursday,
Wine pairings provided by Morgan Creek Vineyard of Cambria
$100 per couple
Reservations are not required, but calls are appreciated to 359-5300.
Anderson said that his new menu is designed to provide a dining experience that is unique to the area.
"It's not the quick, 'turn and burn' style that you can get anywhere. It allows people to take their time and enjoy their evening. You'll be able to enjoy a drink or have a conversation with your friends," said Anderson.
He said that he hoped to generate a 1950s feel, down to the sugar, which will be served as cubes instead of in packets.
Anderson is also adding new dining options to the rest of the restaurant.
For Holiday Inn breakfasts, options have been added, including potato pancakes and a short stack pancake for $1.
Additionally, the restaurant will begin offering wine dinners, which are gourmet dinners that include wine pairings from Minnesota vineyards. The first dinner is scheduled for Thursday, with Morgan Creek Vineyards of Cambria providing the wines.
The four-course meal features lamb as the main entree.
"It's something we will do biannually, but we can do more if it becomes popular," said Anderson.
Anderson's previous experience includes working in Mankato as head chef at Neighbor's Restaurant and working at Olives restaurant in the downtown area.
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