Chino Latino

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Chino Latino

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.

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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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Kritt N
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.

Nick B

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.

A S

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!

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.