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Review: Chotto Matte serving up the Best Of Nikkei cuisine [London, Soho]

Now, whilst Chotto Matte isn’t a new restaurant, this W1 eatery sets itself up as one of the best Noteworthy fine dining Japanese fusion, (and Peruvian ‘Nikkei’ ) eateries in the heart of London’s Soho.

The restaurant sits vast across three-floors with interiors you’ll see in the bars and sushi houses of Tokyo. The idea of necessary and simplicity that can only be read as elegant, with its streamlined wood finishes, its large glass windows overlooking the bustling nightlife of Soho and not forgetting the graffiti feature walls which almost seem out of place, yet so right.  This really is the door to what is about to come. 

Start at the bar and try some of the exceptional cocktails on offer followed by a classic Spritz for those craving the Italian summer or a glass of champagne to start, of course.

“Chotto Matte is all about celebrating the flavours of the Nikkei cuisine in a welcoming, vibrant, fun, contemporary environment, with live cooking theatrics at the centre of the restaurant.”

The cuisine offers the best in tradition and flavour with that true contemporary update many avid Londoners crave when seeking new culinary adventures popping up all across the culturally rich and diverse city. To do it right, waiters will organise the order of the dishes to be served, adhering to the Chotto Matte’s philosophy of cold selections first, lightly flavoured dishes, followed by hot plates, fuller flavoured dishes and ending with sushi. 

Knowing of Nikkei cuisine and its use of aji or yellow pepper, Andes potatoes, rich sauces and corn that make it so signature we opted for dishes that brought these two culinary worlds together. The Sushi platter, felt the obvious choice, a vibrant assortment and selection of the Japanese influence and Peruvian culture. Ebi Tempura served with Peruvian chilli, Sato Maki (sea bass, salmon, romano pepper, lime soy),  Spicy Tuna alongside a sake dragon roll, fresh catch that feels so exciting on the palate, for any first-timers, or anyone who hasn’t touched base in a while. Chotto Matte really does excel in its selection and daringness.  

Following in good form, we opted for the dessert platter (@ £7.50 per person) again why go with one. Honeycomb is paired with a Pisco Sour, and rich Peruvian chocolate cream, smooth to taste and rum, tropical flavours from mango and Yuzu fruit is pair with Mochi and green tea (paired with Peruvian Grog (barsol pisco, yuzu, chicha morada) seems to create the perfect close to experiencing this unique Amazonian cuisine. 

To Note: Chotto Matte gets busy Dinner Time, so book, get there early and grab an entry drink or a few (wink) at the bar. Chotto Matte also offers a Saturday brunch menu 3 courses for just £29 and BOTTOMLESS cocktails for just £20 

Book: Chotto Matte, 11-13 Frith Street, London W1D 4RB, Monday – Saturday 12.00 – 01.30, Sunday 13:00 – 00:00 


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