If you're looking for a good time, head to Soho. No, not for anywhere lit by a red light, but for a night at Chotto Matte. This vast Frith Street newcomer takes Japanese-Peruvian fusion (or Nikkei) and really cranks up the volume. On the ground floor is an enormous bar, which on our visit was a seething mass of suits and glamourpusses, all drinking cocktails against a vivid manga-style mural; for the restaurant, go up a floor.
Aside from another mural to inject colour, this is a study in industrial prestige: the floors are black (marble), the ceilings are black (paint), the pillars are rough-cast concrete. Attractive staff (in black – what else?) work the floor. Robata chefs tend the grill. The menu offers a spectrum of the two cuisines, though with more Latin flavour than at other Nikkei restaurants.
From the Japanese end came exquisite sweet shrimp sashimi; from the Peruvian, a correctly made ceviche: curls of seabass bobbing in a zingy, chilli-spiked marinade, with sweet potato and roasted corn. In between was the fusion fare, including a terrific shrimp tempura (Japanese) with three dipping sauces: one traditional and two Peruvian-themed creations (we liked creamy jalapeño best). The only offbeat combo was grill-marinated (anticucho) pork belly laid on rice (nigiri style), then blow-torched at the table. It had theatre in spades – but this on-the-spot-flaming was more for show than flavour.
It’s not the only over-the-top aspect. A trip to the loo is like a challenge from ‘The Crystal Maze’: you’ll need to negotiate two flights of steps; hover in an antechamber debating which door is gents or ladies, press a button to slide back a glass panel, push (hard) to open the heavy cubicle door, then press another button to gain release.
Truth is, Chotto Matte won’t be for everyone. If you don’t like loud music, or are a culinary traditionalist, you may find it an affront to the senses. But if you’re after a buzz, glitz and a more affordable taste of Nobu, then you're about to get lucky.
By Tania Ballantine
Nikkei cuisine is a blend of culinary cultures developed over 100 years ago when Japanese workers immigrated to Peru and combined their cooking techniques with local Peruvian ingredients.
Today, executive chef Jordan Sclare creates Nikkei dishes that not only capture the flavours of Peru but also its bright, vivacious colours making every dish look as beautiful as it tastes.
Nikkei cuisine is all about exceptional quality, natural ingredients and flavours.
Chotto Matte has an exciting urban contemporary ambiance that makes people come back again and again.
Chotto-Matte is a large diverse restaurant on two floors.
On the ground floor is a busy cocktail bar, styled using black lava stone. There is also a lounge, a small dining area for private functions and a tostadita counter where you can just turn up, no need to book. Also, when the weather is good, we open the glass doors to create a lively seating area outside overlooking the street life of Soho.
On the first floor is the main dining room plus a first-come-first-served robata counter and sushi bar.
Exotic Nikkei cocktails, modern eclectic music, glamour, fun and excitement gives you the very best that Soho has to offer.
Owner Kurt Zdesar says 'There is a lot going on and to experience, it takes a few visits before you will really see everything that Chotto-Matte has to offer'.
|Venue name:||Chotto Matte||Contact:|
11-13 Frith St
|Opening hours:||Noon-1.30am, Mon-Sat; Noon to midnight, Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Tottenham Court Rd/Leicester Sq|
|Price:||Around £100 for two with drinks|
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4.2 / 5
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- 3 star:3
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Chotto Matte is the sort of restaurant where you’re asked by your waitress, “have you been to Chotto Matte before? No? Would you like me to explain the concept?” I must admit I find this ever so slightly pretentious. It’s 7.30pm on a Tuesday night, I had lunch 7 hours ago and I’m quite peckish, surely the concept is just pick something you like the look of, hopefully enjoy your food and your dinner company, and be on your way. Nevertheless, there is a concept at Chotto Matte, a sharing concept. Don’t get me wrong readers, I’m always up for sharing so you get to try more than one dish, but is it really necessary to call it a concept.. It is located on a buzzy street in Soho and is equally buzzy inside, which is unsurprising given it only opened two weeks ago. The decor is very slick, with lots of mirrors, quirky lighting, dark walls and with upbeat chillout music playing in the background. The crowd is trendy and glamorous. The food is Peruvian/Japanese and the menu is very extensive (3 A4 sides to be precise). It is broken up into sections for cold and hot appetizers, sushi, specialities, etc. but I still found the choice quite overwhelming and felt very reliant upon our waitress to help us put together a wise selection. At this point the service was very attentive so we asked lots of questions and changed our minds a few times, but eventually ordered 15 dishes to share between 6 of us, based on selecting a few dishes from each section of the menu. To drink I ordered a yokatta martini which was delicious but I can’t for the life of me remember what was in it. I tried my friends’ drinks (including a moshi moshi madre) and all were wonderful. The cocktail list is also plentiful. Items arrived as they were ready so inevitably everyone (including me) says “ooh” and “ahh” every time something new arrives. We shared seabass ceviche, miso chicken, black cod, a spicy chicken dish, spicy vegetables, lomo tataki (thin seared beef), beef heart, corn fritters, vegetable tempura, lomo fino (incredible fillet steak), a few gyoza dishes and some sushi. Dishes were presented in a unique way, most notably the corn fritters arrived on a bed of purple crushed potato. The seabass ceviche was great, very lemony, and both chicken dishes were excellent; they were extremely flavoursome and were accompanied by tasty sauces. The black cod was very good as was the beef heart, which was ordered out of curiosity. The lomo fino was superb, not to mention the array of wonderful sauces that it came with; one was made from sharon fruit, one truffles, one yuzu and one was a teryaki type sauce. My overriding thought on the food was that nothing was boring and everything had a strong flavour. By this point things were starting to dwindle service-wise. One or two things we had ordered never turned up and the sushi we received was not what was ordered. They also neglected to bring soy sauce and the essential little bowls to mix soy sauce and wasabi, and only brought them after the third time we asked. Oddly enough, they were unusually keen on replacing dirty plates and napkins with clean ones. We felt they perhaps could have better directed this energy. Despite the service, we were keen to investigate dessert. We shared a peanut parfait, salted, caramel chocolate fondant, praline chocolate mousse and passion fruit brulee, all of which were presented impeccably. I especially loved the passion fruit brulee and chocolate fondant, but all were of a very high standard. The bill came to a whopping £41 each, which, for a Tuesday night and only one drink, is a tad on the extravagant side. Given that Chotto Matte only opened two weeks ago, I’m going to give the service the benefit of the doubt and hope that it improves in the coming weeks. That combined with very tasty food and excellent cocktails suggests Chotto Matte is worth checking out.
Very good find. Out of luck and just walked by.... Loved food, especially the desserts. Had the lunch special Bento which was great value.
Fantastic!!!! What a great place. Had a superb Saturday night there last week. Excellent vibe and the food is absolutely the most delicious that I have had in a long long time. You must try this food. Nikkei??? Japanese and Peruvian. Super funky combination. The bar had a great feel with cocktails out of this world... Can't recommend this place enough. Must try...
Ignore the poor service reviews below, I went on a heaving Friday night expecting the worse and was incredibly impressed at the service, food and ambience. It was also a bit cheaper than
We were expecting, so win win
One of the best restaurants tried in London to date! I went for dinner with two friends this November without any expectations, after my disappointment with Coya, I only hoped it would not be the same. And it wasn’t! The food was out of this world, every single morsel was divine and an explosion in your palate in more ways than one. It had just the right amount and balance of spices and flavours. It was faultless and of the highest standard. I would normally not go for pudding but since the meal had been so extraordinary, the three of us decided to go for pudding too and it was amazing! We were left speechless by the food. The drinks list was also fantastic. It looked like it had been carefully selected to match the food. As for the service, it was impeccable, charming and efficient. The only downside, yes there is one, is the toilet. With such fantastic décor throughout, one would expect the same would have followed in the lavatories. Well it didn’t. There was only one loo which was Unisex and it was crammed and neglected. And having only one loo on a dining floor with tables for over 60 diners, it was not suitable indeed. Will definitely come here again though. I ran out of words to express how good the food is. Do give it a try.
This is the first time have been moved to write a review here. I want to first say that Chotto Matte has a really fun atmosphere and looks gorgeous. The food is really good and the drinks are yummy. However, this is all let down by the appalling service. We went on a Wednesday night, and we were a large group (10 people), and the place wasn't particularly packed. We had pre-ordered our food, as are group was large, but it took them an hour to bring the first dish, which incidentally was sweet potato chips. It was massive wait between courses and at some point I ordered a glass of wine which took half an hour to come, after my prompting 4 times. I am a huge stickler for good service, especially when the bill is so exorbitant. So unless Chotto Matte sort this out, I think I won't be going back. Pity as the food was good, but not good enough to by pass the service. Sorry. Very disappointing...
Careless service = sick for days. I've been here twice - 1st time I thought it was ok, service not great but food fine. Nothing to write about. Then I returned in a group including my husband who mentioned his severe shellfish allergy in the booking, as well as to the young, disengaged waiter. The waiter recommended a sharing plate to start so again we checked again to be sure everything would be shellfish free. Fast forward to getting the sharing plate, assured there was no shellfish, my husband takes a bite of an apparent veggie springroll-esque item and senses it's prawn... we check with the waiter who nonchalantly tells us it is indeed prawn. Disbelief. Then more as he offered to give us THAT DISH for free with barely an apology and eventually got around to getting his manager, equally unprofessional and unconcerned. They ended up giving us the whole meal free but it wasn't offered freely and that's hardly compensation for ignoring a repeated appeal with respect to a severe allergy, which they must encounter as a matter of course; making someone ill onsite plus the added humiliation that involves, the cab fare to avoid public transport then 2-3 days of sickness and pain that followed. Maybe these were a poor waiter and manager tag team but what does it say about a place when this is the quality of staff representing it?
I stumbled across this place by accident and am so glad I did.
The cuisine is a Japanese/ Peruvian fushion and offers a range of dishes from sushi rolls, to tempura to barbecued meats. We ordered a complete selection and it worked perfectly.
Having the lighter dishes of the sashimi and sushi rolls, followed by the tempura and beef teriyaki meant that we were perfectly full but not uncomfortable. The combination of flavours were absolutely delicious and the portions of each dish were generous. We also shared a couple of desserts between us, the chocolate salted caramel fondant being a stand out for me. As heavenly as it sounds, it was a warm, soft sponge which once sliced into oozed an indulgent salted caramel sauce. What's not to like!
The prices are fair and I would say the standard of the food is actually better than what the cost reflects. Always a good situation!
It is the perfect 'mid-level' restaurant if you are looking for a venue to spend a special occasion but don't want to break the bank. It is far superior to the usual chains, but obviously more affordable than a lot of the other swanky options. It is also perfectly situated in the heart of Soho. I will definitely be back very soon!
Tip: Although I loved ordering a range of dishes to share so that we got to try a lot, they do offer a lunchtime 'Bento Box' deal which is meant to be very good and is extremely good value
I recently had lunch here and was blown away by the quality of the food, portion sizes and fair price. There was only a few tables filled but the quality of the clientele was high, the service was good and the atmosphere was good. I had the Bento lunch Box for £20 and it had a taste of 6 different dishes which gave us a good broad selection of hot and cole dishes. I will definitely be back for more.
Amazing restaurant! Every time I leave I want to go back and eat it all over again. I would especially recommend the tuna tostadita and the nikkei yellowtail. Both these are utterly amazing.
I love Chotto Matte! I first stumbled across this little gem a couple of years back without knowing too much about it! I had some fantastic cocktails here with a friend and watched the world go by. Then went back not too long ago and had a fantastic meal. The black cod was amazing, some tasty spicy tuna rolls, the sea bass ceviche was out of this world and Tuna sashimi Tostadita was my favourite. What a fantastic combination of food! to finish it all off we had some lovely sake! The decor and surroundings of the restaurant and bar really lively and fun. But for the walk to the toilets have to be the most fun part believe it or not! The staff are really friendly and helpful. I can't wait to go back!
I went for a business lunch so didn't have ages to look through the menu but was very pleased with the bento box that we both ended up ordering. £20 gave us an amazing selection of really delicious sashimi, miso soup, tempura and sushi. There was masses of it too! The waitress left us alone but was on hand when we needed her and, although pretty quiet, the atmosphere was good. Can't speak for the gents but the ladies loo was very complicated - a button to press to enter and then everything very dark. Apart from that it was great - would definitely go again.
Awesome food. The sea bass ceviche and the short ribs are phenomenal! The sushi rolls are out of this world. Best part was our service. Our waiter was very knowledgeable. The support staff At the front door was welcoming and also friendly. A must for your London visit!
Have been a few times and loved it every time!! There is 1 grilled chicken dish which is just superb but ultimately it's all tasty and I have yet to be disappointed by any of it. Last time round we ended up on the saki.............great evening all round :)
The food and atmosphere at Chotto Matte are excellent, but we unfortunately had overeager waiters who twice removed food and cocktails that were clearly not finished and practised looking inconvenienced when I asked if a meal containing something I was allergic to and was not listed, could be replaced without the allergen. They obliged but when it arrived, I was advised to tell them what I was allergic to the point of reservation. I understand the logic, but it makes more sense to list all of the main ingredients on a menu and not just the first 3.
Using Velocity for the £10 credit was good but it takes a while to get used to it and it took 2 diners and 2 waiters to walk us through it. I'd pay cash.
Serving up Nikkei cuisine along the Japanese-Peruvian spectrum - all plates were very delicious and photogenic! I highly recommend visiting at lunch so that you can enjoy the Nikkei cuisine in peace (the Bento Box is a good choice for lunch) because in the evening it turns into a flashy party spot with guests dressed up to the nines and a DJ...
Came here for my birthday with a friend a few weeks ago. It was fantastic - the food is so unusual (as you'd probably expect from Peruvian-Japanese fusion). The menu is extensive and varied, so you can go in for an inexpensive meal, or completely blow your wallet up if you so fancied. Staff are really friendly and helpful with the menu and the food is delicious. The decor is something special too.
Thank you to Walter for great Lunch today. I wasn't sure we were going to enjoy after finding out the place was in SoHo, we will most definitely be recommending this new spot and return again and again.
Had one of my best dining experience @ChottoMatte last night, thank you to Pietro for making our night such a special event. We will return for more grilled octopus & pisco sours.
Highly recommended to all generations.
It is amazing food no doubt but the service was amazing. Went there on tuesday evening and the food was served right on time and in a perfect way. What made it more better was perfect service and a very good food description and humor by indian/mexican guy with a goaty or french beard who kept on serving delicious food and making us smile. But on other side waiter who took our order i think an italian guy, had no time to talk to us. We would definitely like to come back for food and amazing time and to meet that indian-mexican guy and rest of friendly staff.
Had such a good time and loved the food... great service too. me and my boyfriend were looking for another restaurant and chotto matte just caught our eyes on the colourfull wall they have. very good experience totally would come back and recomend to my friends///1
I cannot believe it took me so long to come here! Best restaurant I have eaten at this year, the service was excellent, the ambiance incredible, and the food to die for (***TRY THE NIKKEI SASHIMI***)! We were greeted on arrival by the beautiful hostesses and shown directly to our table. The walls are lined with edgy Japanese graffiti creating an experience unlike anything else in London. A live DJ played an eclectic mix all night to which complimented the numerous cocktails consumed by our table. I have just booked another table for Saturday coming...I cannot wait to go back.
**Further update - Lost my christmas presents bag - so DON'T ever leave ANYTHING in the cloakroom** Further to my comments posted on 15/12/2013 - It was a misunderstanding in the communication and the conversation between myself and the restaurant during the course of the weekend. The General Manager has been very helpful and clarified the situation immediately, which was a big relief. Thank you.
I visited Chotto Matte for the first time yesterday evening. We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation. I approached the front desk to be given a curt arrogant nod and we were completely ignored for a few minutes as if I had not spoken. I repeated that we had a reservation and the response I got was "I understand you, what is your name?" Not a good start. We were then told our table was not ready and we would have to wait a further 20 minutes. We asked if they would come and find us at the bar once our table was ready and we were told "they will try". The member of staff was not apologetic in any way. We were in the end found at the bar by a member of staff and given a complimentary drink which really did ease our frustration. However by the time we sat down we had been waiting for at least 40 minutes. We were then given menus and our waitress rushed over and asked if we were ready to order before we had even had a chance to glance at the wine list....it is not a straight forward menu. Lots of little dishes, written in Peruvian / Japanese, w weren't talked through the menu we had to ask the waitresses for recommendations. We ordered 9 small plates, we had eaten 3 of the 9 plates when we were then told by our waitress that there was "some kind of problem with one of machines in the kitchen" we waited approximately 45 minutes for the rest of our dishes to sporadically come out. We were brought up duplicates of things we had already eaten and dishes we did not order. It seemed a complete shambles. Our bill was handed to us with 3 items on it that we did not order and we again had to wait again for it to be corrected. All in all our meal took 3 and a half hours and it was not an enjoyable experience. The front of house staff were rude, the waitresses seemed stressed and confused and although I understand problems like broken machinery can't be helped we were not made to feel like the staff cared or were given any confidence that the problem in the kitchen was being rectified in a timely manner. On a positive the food was beautiful and delicious but I will certainly not be returning as it seems the Chotto Matte attitude is you should feel privileged to have a table, rather than welcome and how can we make your experience an enjoyable one.
"Correctly made ceviche with Jalapeño", yeah right. Seriously, who writes these articles... Jalapeños are centroamerican, Mexican. And ceviches are from southamerica, as a matter of fact ceviche is a typical dish from countries from this region with a pacific coast, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile. A correctly made Peruvian ceviche would have Rocoto, not jalapeño (the difference is huge). Each country has its own interpretation of the dish, but the principle is the same, raw sea food marinated in different citron juices (Ecuadorians use oranges for instance) local ingredients, and local aji (hot peppers) so there's not such thing as a correctly made ceviche to start with, and there's not such thing as a ceviche with jalapeño, as jalapeños are not a locally grown in southamerica.
We arrived there totally by chance, but there is not enough words to describe what a great time I had with my friends. Firstly, a very pleasant atmosphere with interesting design and separated dining&lounge areas. Another great thing about this place is service. Everyone is smiling and helpful. We personally would like to thank to Sadie who was amazing and super cool. Definitely will be back there.