Chino Latino

Restaurants, South Asian Vauxhall
Chino Latino

A pan-Asian sharing plates restaurant. 

Posted:

Venue name: Chino Latino
Contact:
Address: Park Plaza Riverbank
London
SE1 7TJ
Cross street: 18 Albert Embankment
Transport: Tube: Vauxhall tube/rail
Do you own this business?

You may be interested in:

Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:7
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
LiveReviews|8
1 person listening
tastemaker

Chino Latino London has recently launched its new Havana Rum Sundowner Nights – a mojito masterclass accompanied by live music and a selection of nibbles every Friday. 


I’ve never been a huge fan of mojitos, but this masterclass changed my mind. Seated at the sleek bar in the middle of the restaurant, we had a one-to-one session with bar tender Pan. It was great fun learning how simple a mojito is to make, what goes in one and in which order.


As well as a classic mojito, we also got to try our hands at fruity ones – one strawberry and one passionfruit. Same method but add fruit with your first lot of mint. The best part – you get to have a bit of a competition to see who makes the best mojito. Oh, and of course you get to enjoy them both afterwards.


As part of our masterclass we tried the dim sum platter which included quite a good selection of different dishes, although you definitely needed one or two extras on the side.


The calamari was possibly my favourite of all – lightly battered, crisp and served with tomato, red onion, mint and a tamarind dressing that added sweetness to the whole thing without being overwhelming. The mint and tomato added freshness. It was a tasty little dish. 


The sui mai wasn’t perfect. The flavours were all there – rich with foie gras and sticky teriyaki sauce. However, the skin of the dumpling was a bit on the thick side and ever so slightly chewy and dry, especially around the edges.


Dates wrapped in bacon were oddly comforting, a bit like pigs in blankets. And there was a pastry dish that I believe was meant to be a samosa but looked nothing like any samosa I’ve ever tried. It had a prawn filling in it that was a bit nondescript – similar to an orange fish paste.


In addition to the dim sum platter, the stuffed red chilli and soft shell crab was nice, if slightly confusing. I love soft shell crab and eat as much of it as I can and, generally speaking, you are served the whole crab. This wasn’t the case and we seemed to be served quite large crab claws. Still, the crab meat was sweet, and the batter was crisp and light. The peppers were stuffed with a creamy cheese that I might not necessarily pair with something fried but again, perfectly tasty.


The cocktail menu is extensive. If after your mojitos you fancy a post-dinner tipple, the cocotini is a nice alternative to a classic espresso martini with Koko Kanu, Kahlua, coffee and chocolate bitters. Or, if you like something with a bit more bite, the chocolate and hazelnut old-fashioned made with home infused hazelnut and chocolate bourbon, Mozart black chocolate liqueur, chocolate bitters and vanilla syrup, is a good option.


The cocktails at Chino Latino were great. The masterclass was fun and engaging and I learnt a new skill. Considering it is based in a hotel, the entrance is stunning – escalators take you up through twinkly red lights into a sleek, modern, stylish bar-cum-restaurant. And, I can certainly think of worst ways to spend a Friday evening than sipping cocktails, looking out of Chino Latino’s glass wall across the River Thames, and enjoying a bite or two of dim sum.

Tastemaker

The food at this gorgeous restaurant on the Albert Embankment is exceptional. For those who struggle to choose between the many tempting dishes, it’s best to go with one of the tasting menus which I would say are great value for money considering the quality and quantity! The £49 per person ‘Rengin’ menu starts by giving you a selection of maki and a plate of Seabass Tiradito which was smooth, chilled and delicate. These came alongside taquitos which were filled to the brim with outstanding flavours, with a zing of citrus and a mouthwatering, buttery richness of wagyu.


After the following course of fried dishes like prawn tempura and salt and pepper squid, A sirloin steak sizzling away on a bed of molten hot rocks, covered in a tangy sauce at the table was served. The meat itself (which I removed from the rocks quickly to ensure it didn’t cook further than rare) was melt-in-the-mouth tender, and I enjoyed it with a portion of fluffy rice.


The dessert platter is a sweet tooth's dream with a mix of every texture going. It’s difficult to choose my personal highlight but I must say I haven’t stopped thinking about the lighter than air whipped coconut cream that lent itself perfectly to some fruit dipping (which came in all varieties, mostly exotic and juicy!)


The Watermelon Smash and the Chocolate & Hazelnut Old Fashioned are two must-order cocktails, but the list is long and if you don't see your favourite, the accomplished bar staff will probably know how to make one for you!


The focal point of this impressive room is the floor to ceiling window at the end of it which gives views across the road to the river, and the towers of the Parliament buildings in the distance. It's an excellent spot for a special occasion for any lover of Asian-fusion cuisine.


Tastemaker

To my my mind, this is a hidden gem of a restaurant and can more than rival those swish restaurants found more centrally in London.


Located in the opulent 5-star Park Plaza along the Albert Embankment, Chino Latino is a stylish hotel restaurant specialising in Pan-Asian food with a particular nod to peruvian flavours.


Is it a restaurant, a lounge, or a bar? Why not ball those things? The open-plan design is ingenious with the live music stage, bar, lounge, and dining area all living together on the same space in harmony. At the back of the restaurant, the huge floor-to-ceiling windows offers fantastic views overlooking the Thames and out towards the Houses of Parliament. Pretty spectacular at night


The ambience is excellent particularly when the sun goes down.. The lights are dimmed so it maintains that sense of intimacy between your party, and there’s a live stage where live music plays softly in the background. Having live music there as opposed to music from speakers makes a huge difference.


The menu is stellar has a very wide array of dishes to choose. If you’re indecisive as I am, I’d choose a set menu. Each dish on their had been selected so you get a bit of everything from the menu from the Far-East to South America and everything in between. The food was 5-stars: the English sirloin was juicy and tender, as was the Tiger Maki roll.


The service was 5-stars just as it’s decor and food. I was made to feel like a VIP from the moment I walked in. The lovely lady Aurelija at the front greeted me with warmth and when I asked, was more than happy to point out her recommendation on the menu. My sommelier for the night was equally charming and personable, helping me choose the right wine and cocktail to complement my food.


Chino Latino is great for those on their lonesome too. Stop by and grab your favourite cocktail and sit back as you enjoy the live musical performances, or sit your arse down on one of the comfy chairs at the dedicated sushi bar for a quality ‘me time’.


Many people would probably dismiss the class the quality of a hotel restaurant. I, for one,  have to admit the name Chino Latino didn’t exactly conjure images of a classy restaurant in my mind. But I’m so glad that I was proven wrong, and have no problem recommending this restaurant to anyone to suit any special occasion. Whether you're planning that hot date or trying to impress a client with a special meal to close that all-important dea, Chino Latino will be your perfect wingman.


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.