Despite its name, the Latin influences on Chino Latino are hard to detect – perhaps they’ve all been poured into the super-strength mojitos.
A meal begins with a few showy flourishes: a tablet turns into a hot towel with a splash of water (‘ooh!’), and cocktails are garnished with chillies (‘ahh!’). Customers are an arbitrary mix of tourists, work colleagues, families and romancing couples, which makes for good people-watching but doesn’t bring much atmosphere.
However, the pan-Asian sharing menu is consistently delicious. The likes of soft-shell crab tempura, perfectly light and crisp, are presented imaginatively too. Dumplings were another highlight, stuffed with tender crayfish and Chilean sea bass. Grilled scallops arrived dressed with yuzu aïoli and a dusting of wasabi pea, and popcorn crackling made a great addition to the pork belly. Desserts (passionfruit cheesecake with blow-torched marshmallow, say) were equally good.
Sadly, though, the setting doesn’t do the food justice. The clubby decor, with its slick black leather and backlit screen, would have been stylish a decade ago, and it’s hard to escape the starchy hotel surroundings. Service on our visit was brisk and formal, at times verging on rude, which made us reluctant to linger over the lovely food.
|Venue name:||Chino Latino||Contact:|
Park Plaza Riverbank
|Cross street:||18 Albert Embankment|
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 6-10pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Vauxhall tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £14.50-£29. Set meal £40-£50 tasting menu|
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Great service and outstanding food! Presentation of the food is stunning and the taste is amazing. The menu caters for every appetite. Fine dinning but relaxed and worth every penny. Other quests were celebrating birthdays and the staff did well of making it a memorable night for them! Highly recommended.
I went here a while ago, i have to say the food was exceptional. They pay great attention to detail and make sure you are happy all the way through. It isn't cheap but it is definitely worth the price you pay!
It was a special occasion so this place looked spectacular with attention to detail and the presentation of food is out of this world! A delicious and decadent menu along with sushi for those who want a lighter alternative. This restaurant was surprisingly not very busy (perhaps it is because it is tucked away in a hotel) however, the service is that of 5 star quality. Never neglected and could not ask for better attentiveness to us all night long. The delicious food was overwhelming! it was so amazing I would love to go back again and again! The soft shell crab is the hero of the night along with the miso cod. It really was one of my best ever meals in London and the service was that of something I have yet to experience in london! You have to eat here!
Excellent meal! I recommend the tasting menu, although a little bit pricey is definitely value for money.