Chotto Matte

London

4.2 / 5

May 11, 2018

Chotto Matte drips urban cool and serves up the vibrant and flavourful Nikkei cuisine – a popular fusion of Japanese and Peruvian, brought about by the influx of Japanese immigrants to the Peruvian region during the early 1800s.

This Soho hotspot has become a Mecca for London’s glitterati, with a buzzy ground floor that plays host to live gigs and DJ sets most nights of the week. The bustling bar is set against a UV-illuminated mural backdrop created by Tokyo-based graffiti legend Houxo Que. Head up the spiral staircase and you’ll find the warehouse-chic dining room, complete with an open robata grill, as well as a sushi and ceviche bar.

A pisco sour aperitif is a must to really soak up the fusion air, followed by a sake flight to match your dishes. Asking for recommendations from the highly trained staff is advisable, resident experts on flavour pairing, ingredient history and dietary requirements. All the ingredients are locally sourced and GMO-free, which helps keep the dishes as unadulterated as possible so that the chefs rely solely on the quality of the produce to bring out the best flavours in each dish. We suggest the stunning yellowtail sashimi, served with cherry tomatoes, jalapeño chillies, black salt, yuzu juice, crispy purple potato and truffle oil.

Chotto Matte is the brainchild of Kurt Zdesar, who rose to restaurateur prominence with Nobu in Europe). He came up with the idea whilst visiting Tokyo. Wanting to expand his Japanese and converse with restaurant staff in their native language, Zdesar learned the phrase chotto matte – essentially ‘excuse me’ or ‘please wait a second’. Although this is just about the politest restaurant name we’ve come across, given the mouth-watering nature of the dishes on offer, punters won’t need that long before they return for round two.

Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/ChottoMatteSoho/photos/

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