From the folks behind Gallo Blanco (Update: Gallo Blanco has closed) comes Otro Café, which recently opened in my ‘hood so I had to check it out. The menu at Otro Café is not the same as Gallo Blanco, but carries the same theme – Mexico City style cuisine made from fresh, local Arizona ingredients.
The space at Otro Café is very open with lots of natural light, and on the day I visited fresh air flowed through the restaurant through the patio doors. We started with the chips and salsa. The green tomatillo lime salsa was quickly the table favorite.
We ordered two appetizers; the El Espanol and the Coctel de Camaron. The El Espanol comes with Serrano ham, avocado, Cerignola olives, shaved chives, savory citrus dressing served with sliced crusty beer Bolillo bread. The Coctel de Camaron is a fresh and spicy dish made with poached shrimp, cilantro, Serrano pepper, lime juice, ketchup, diced tomato, kosher salt, white onions and tortilla chips. I did not try the El EspaÃ±ol due to a food allergy, but my mother said she really enjoyed it. I personally could not get enough of the Coctel de Camaron. Yum!
The idea at Otro Café is to share and share we did. For dinner we ordered the Asado Chicken Salad, Paella de Campo, El Pollo Asado and three sides of local vegetables.
We all agreed that each dish was delicious. I especially enjoyed the touch of mint in the Asado Chicken Salad, and the spicy aji aioli and housemade tortillas that were served with the El Pollo Asado. As a veggie fan, I also loved the fresh local vegetables that we ordered on the side.
Otro Café is located at 6035 N. 7th Street in Phoenix