Chotto Matte

http://www.chotto-matte.com/

I have to admit that I went into this restaurant thinking that I was heading for an average meal. I was sceptical of the cool decor and Soho location.  Also I don’t understand how the words ‘Nikkei Cuisine’ are suddenly on everyone’s lips.  Nikkei food is from Peru and is the mixture of Peruvian and Japanese Cuisine, so it does make sense that this follows the recent South American trend in London.  The food is also gaining notoriety in other locations as well with Albert Adri opening Pakta, a Nikkei restaurant in Barcelona.  My point though is that surely this is what Nobu have been doing for years over 5 continents

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Tuna and yellowtail tarter

The surroundings are quite modern and there is some funky art on the wall of the upstairs dining room, there is also a large bar area downstairs.  The menu here is huge, with dishes filed under different headings. Our waitress told us that we should share 7 to 9 dishes between us and follow this with some sushi. We ordered 8 dishes but decided to leave it to see how we felt about the sushi. I was more interested in trying some of the other dishes and I find sushi to be boring unless it is very good.

Scallop tiradito

Scallop tiradito

Padron peppers (v): were interesting having a den miso sauce on them which added a nice sweetness although I felt that it was too overpowering after eating a few (£4.50).  Tuna and yellowtail tarter with spring onion, ginger, shiso, tomatoes, blackberry salsa (£8.50) was okay, the fish seemed nice enough but the blackberry salsa and tomato compliments I was not sure of.

Sea bass ceviche

Sea bass ceviche

Scallop tiradito: scallop sashimi, coriander, jalapeño, black salt, lemon and lime juice (£7.95) was a good looking, well balanced dish- the subtle spicing and citrus worked well.  Sea bass ceviche: sea bass, sweet potato, Peruvian corn, coriander, chive oil, citrus sauce (£6.75) again was very good- the marinade was slightly different from most of the tiger’s milk I have had before. This dish was better than the version I remember at Ceviche drown the street. Seafood gyoza: scallop, prawn, salmon and squid dumplings, sesame ponzu (£5.25) were well cooked and the sauce was tasty.

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Pollo picante

An anticucho dish of pollo picante: chicken, coriander potato with Peruvian chilli (£6.95) was very tasty, the chicken was moist and the sauce was nice and spicy, the potatoes were also a surprisingly nice addition. The two more expensive dishes proved to be very different experiences. Grilled Asparagus, yuzu mushrooms, chilli bean sauce (£13.50) was the worst dish we had, for me this was slightly undercooked and although personally this is preferable to being overcooked it was not ideal. Although it was a decent sized portion, for £13.50 on this menu it strikes me as being the wrong price.  A criticism is that there is a lack for vegetable dishes available, with the menu mainly focusing on a few salads. On the other hand black cod with yellow chilli miso (£15.95) was a very nice example and for 16 quid was a relative bargain!

Black cod with yellow chilli miso

Black cod with yellow chilli miso

Although we were not completely stuffed we were pretty full so did not feel we should order any sushi (which I would have been interested in just to try) or dessert. For almost exactly £100 for two with 2 alcoholic drinks this was a very good value meal – try doing that at Nobu.

Although we were not completely stuffed we were pretty full so did not feel we should order any sushi (which I would have been interested in just to try) or dessert. For almost exactly £100 for two with 2 alcoholic drinks this was a very good value meal – try doing that at Nobu.

3/5
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