**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.
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Posted: Tue Aug 27 2013
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 Christmas has come early.
Reviewed by Tania Ballantine
Chotto Matte 11-13 Frith Street
- Venue phone:
020 7042 7171
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- Opening hours:
Open 11am-midnight Mon-Thur; 11am-2am Fri, Sat; 11am-11pm Sun. Food service times earlier.
Tube: Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square
Around £100 for two with drinks
- 11-13 Frith Street
- 020 7042 7171
- 11-13 Frith Street
- Chotto Matte
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Lost my christmas presents bag - so DON'T ever leave ANYTHING in the cloakroom Generally, I like writing good feedback. HOWEVER…….this was what happened to me 2 days ago…. I had dinner there 2 days ago with 2 friends. I left my coat at their cloakroom. I had a shopping bag which I was reluctant to leave at the cloakroom, but the staff said “it is ok, you can leave your bag with us, I will hang it with your coat”. I trusted him so I left my bag as well. It was a BIG MISTAKE. After dinner, when I went to collect my bag and my coat, they couldn’t find my bag. 2 staff members were arguing, one was saying “I gave you the bag”, the other replied “but you didn’t tell me to hang it with the coat”... At first, I thought their general manager was trying to help me, he showed me the CCTV recording, but couldn’t find anything. As it was late I went home. The next day, I called them in the afternoon, spoke to a manager who told me “we are still looking for your bag. If we can’t find it, we will find a way to compensate you”. As I didn’t hear from them after this, I called them in the evening, and spoke to their operations manager who told me “we haven’t found your bag. We don’t take any responsibilities. If we find it, we will call you”. I asked several times what happened my bag, and even asked them to check with the staff who looked after the cloakroom, but I didn’t get any satisfactory answers. When I told her that I was disappointed and would report it to the police, she told me a complaint form has been submitted on my behalf but also mentioned “we will not compensate you”. What is the point of filling a complaint form if they won’t take any actions anyway? The food was good, but the staff is either incompetent or dishonest (he either gave my bag to someone else or he stole it) and the management was very unhelpful. They cowardly refuse to take any responsibilities. It wasted my entire weekend, as I had to spend lots of time with them over the phone, and also had to go to the police to file a report. If you want my feedback…DON’T EVER LEAVE THING IN THEIR CLOAKROOM…or you will be risking of the bag being stolen…. I definitely will never go back as I have been taken advantaged of.
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...
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.
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.
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.