Chino Latino

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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:
Address: Park Plaza Riverbank
London
SE1 7TJ
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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monique

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!

Beth

Excellent meal! I recommend the tasting menu, although a little bit pricey is definitely value for money.