REVIEW: CHOTTO MATTE

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Matte combines Japanese and Peruvian cuisine in the heart of Soho, served in colourful surrounds. Set over two floors, there’s a busy bar on the groundfloor and a huge restaurant above.

Cocktails copy the same theme as the food, the Liquorice Negroni Bottle served in a quirky bottle is a great twist on a classic and Bon Vivant’s with Cognac, plum sake, Benedictine, grapefruit bitters and chocolate bitters has quite a kick. Order one of each, we did.

Dishes are made for sharing and there’s plenty of variety, the only problem we had was whittling them down. The crispy soft shell crab sushi roll, was our favourite of the lot but we couldn’t fault any dish. Crunchy prawn spring roll with rich yuzu truffle sauce was a match clearly not made on Take Me Out. Meaty BBQ’d Pork belly came with nashi pear and yellow tomato salsa which added a sweet element and Tuna yuzu butter melt, flambéed at the table, is always gonna win points.

Well presented food, killer flavour combos and a fun dining environment – we’ll be back.

11–13 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4RB
www.chotto-matte.com