FOOD REVIEW: Chotto Matte, Soho

Chotto Matte is the kind of restaurant that’s busy no matter what the day and it’s easy to see why. The restaurant, based on the corner of Frith and Bateman St in the heart of Soho, is a fantastic example of Nikkei cuisine (that is, the blend of Japanese and Peruvian food which was developed over a century ago) done well thanks to the incredible Nikkei Boys duo, executive chef Jordan Sclare and Michael Paul in the kitchen.

It’s a slick place set over two floors – the ground floor plays host to their always thriving cocktail bar and a more casual dining area complete with a manga-style wall mural, whilst upstairs a polished restaurant. We went along one Friday lunch where it was already packed out with diners well into the weekend swing of things. We were treated to a round of cocktails to start our weekend proceedings – a deliciously fruity Flor de Manzana (mango vodka, sake, apple, lime, passion fruit and elderflower) and a satisfyingly good Lychee Pincante (Calle 23 Blanco tequila, lychee, lemon, chilli syrup and egg white).

We began with a bowl of Padron Peppers covered in an addictively more-ish miso sauce and the Seabass Ceviche (sea bass sashimi, sweet potato, Peruvian corn, coriander, chive oil, citrus sauce) which was nothing short of outstanding. The chef then brought out the deliciously fresh Nikkei Sepia – calamari to you and me – and the Tentáculos de pulpo – an unusual Peruvian dish with succulent octopus on a bed of purple potato. We also had helpings of the Ojo de Costilla (beef rib eye, lentil panca, chives) and Nikkei sashimi (sea bass, cherry tomatoes, jalapeno, coriander, yuzu truffle soy) both of which we’d highly recommend. We’d also urge you to go for the Bacalao negro aji miso – the black cod with yellow chili miso – ours was simply heavenly. Finally out came the Sake Dragon Roll made up of thick cuts of fresh salmon wrapped in rice and topped with perfectly ripened avocado – quite the meal in itself! We passed on desserts on this occasion – purely because we were close to bursting at the seams – and instead finished off our drinks for a sweet end to an epic lunch.

Chotto Matte had it all to offer: great food, a lively atmosphere and some delicious drinks. So the bottom line? If you’re looking for a good time in Soho, Chotto Matte should be your first and only point of call, it won’t let you down.

11 – 13 Frith Street, London, W1D 4RB | www.chotto-matte.com

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