I was very excited for my visit to Chotto Matte, a Japanese-Peruvian (also known as Nikkei) fusion restaurant in the heart of Soho, and I was not disappointed!
The restaurant was huge with the chefs preparing and cooking the food in the middle. The decor / mural on the walls is funky and the table settings were comfortable and sophisticated.
We chose the Nikkei sharing menu (£50 pp) which consisted of eight courses taken from all four cooking sections – Sushi Bar, Barbecue, Sautee and Tempura. I do love trying a bit of everything!
We had the (1) Tostadita Beef, smoked aji panka, shiitake, spanish peppers (2) Warm beef fillet tataki Smoked aji panca, pear, passion fruit salsa (this was instead of the sea bass ceviche) (3) Nikkei gyoza Pork, prawn and cassava dumplings, sweet potato puree (4) Prawn spring roll, shiitake, yuzu, shiso, ponzu salsa:(5) Pollo den miso Chicken miso, carrot, daikon, yellow chilli salsa Tentaculos de pulpo (6) Octopus, yuzu, purple potato puree (7) California crab roll and (8) a trio of desserts.
First four dishes:
I was so impressed with the food – beautifully presented and really flavoursome. My favourites were the warm beef fillet, nikkei gyoza pork and the chicken miso and, not to forget, the passion fruit brulee! We polished off all of the other dishes though and were left very full and satisfied.
Second four dishes:
The service was good – attentive but not pushy – and the restaurant had an air of sophistication, rather than being pretentious. Absolutely worth it for a treat on date night! Alternatively, opt for the cheaper lunchtime option with a bento box!