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This “sultry addition to Soho” comes from Kurt Zdesar, who proves that his success with the Ping Pong chain was no one-off. Trendy Chotto Matte (‘just a moment’ in Japanese slang) is a ritzier affair with its black frontage, pumping music, cool interiors and a Manga-style mural “popping off the walls”. Despite reports of “rather amateurish” service, staff have become more enthusiastic and better drilled in the restaurant’s Nikkei cuisine of late. The array of Japanese/Peruvian dishes is bewildering, although something from each section (ceviches, ”drooling” robata grills, light tempura etc) should do the job – especially with a fusion cocktail or two. The menu overplays certain themes and flavours, but we’d recommend the prettily styled sushi, yellowtail with truffle tostada, and lamb chops with quinoa and chilli miso. It’s also handy “when you need a black cod fix”.

Wine List Of The Year Finalist

Louis Roederer Wine List of the Year 2014This top-end Japanese/Peruvian cultural mash-up dispenses with European formality (listing its wines by style) while having some good top-end wines for those on a splurge. The latter are the only ones not available by the glass, ideal for cuisine like this, and it’s attractively put together and easy on the eye.


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  1. Published : Tuesday, 25 March 2014

    SilverSpoon London :: Chotto Matte - London

    As soon as we walked in we knew we were in for a good night; the place was packed! Cool graffiti covered the walls and balls of light hung from the ceiling.

    Chotto Matte was clearly the place to be in Soho on a Saturday night.

    A stairway to foodie heaven led to the up to the dining room.

    As you enter the dining room you're greeted by the exciting sights and enticing smells of the open kitchen and robata grill...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 3 April 2014

    vialaporte :: Chotto Matte // Soho // London

    When you walk through the hustle and bustle of Soho’s streets, it would be hard to miss the suave sophistication of the three-level complex which is Chotto Matte. You could easily think that you were stepping into a swanky New York club, which is no surprise as its creator is Kurt Zdesar, the same man who made Nobu a household name in London. The decor is artistically tasteful and offers elements of candid surprise, indicative of Chotto Matte’s Peruvian / Japanese fusion.

    The menu is divided into sections based on preparation method – hot, cold, sautéed, barbecue etc.

    Try the scallop tiradito, with...
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  1. About a month ago Mr Silver and I had a fabulous date night at Chotto Matte in Soho. We loved everything about the place: the fantastic food, the funky decor and the electric buzzing atmosphere. In fact, Mr Silver promptly announced it as his new favourite place!

    We also had the amazing opportunity of meeting the talented chef Jordan Sclare who showed us around the busy kitchen. Jordan and I stayed in touch and I was delighted when he invited me and my blogging buddies to an exclusive tasting of his brand new tostaditas menu.

    Chotto Matte serves Nikkei cuisine (a fantastic hybrid of Japanese and...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 19 August 2014

    Eat-Live-London :: CHOTTO MATTE

    Chotto Matte is Soho’s Japanese -Peruvian show stopper of a restaurant. Hard to miss on the corner of Firth Street, the restaurant commands your attention with its pumping music. The dark exterior is contrasted with a bright manga style mural that pops off the walls. But enough about the setting let me get into the nitty gritty…the food! The food here is on another level, fresh fish that melts in your mouth and robata grilled meats that have you drooling for more. I would highly recommend the grilled octopus and the yellow-tail with truffle tostada!...
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  1. Chotto Matte is a restaurant in Soho. It serves Nikkei cuisine. Obviously. A heady mix of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine, think sashimi with giant corn, it is a cuisine made for London in 2014. Peruvian, heralded as the saviour last year, has become a slow-burning success (Ceviche has two branches, Lima a star). Japanese, and especially Japanese "fusion" (how I do hate that word), continues to be a popular amongst the chattering classes.There is graffiti, but not any old graffiti, Chotto Matte has anime graffiti. Of course there are the Soho chandeliers - the hanging light bulbs of Babylon. There is a winding staircase...
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  1. Chotto Matte’s menu has been created to manifest a relaxed, sharing environment. Some of the highlights will include dishes such as: Avocado Tempura served with smoked truffle potato, ikura, shiso and daikon; BBQ Pork Belly served with anticucho, tomato and nashi pear salsa; Grilled Baby Chicken marinated in coriander, garlic, and ginger served with spicy pomegranate salsa; and a selection of fresh, sustainably sourced sushi. The menu will also incorporate a tasting menu of seven courses priced at £40...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 9 February 2014

    SamTheFoodFan :: Chotto-Matte

    Chotto-Matte is the latest opening from the man behind the Ping Pong chain of restaurants and the man that brought Nobu to Europe. It is a restaurant specialising in Nikkei cuisine (a Peruvian/Japanese hybrid) Bestie and I both really love sushi and ceviche, so when deciding on where to meet up last week, this was an easy choice.

    Located on Frith Street in Soho, we walked into the huge restaurant and the bar area was already buzzing. We were seated at the back of the restaurant near the sushi counter and were left with a couple of menus to make our choices. It took us a while because the menu is long! Split...
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  1. I visited two restaurants in London, which surprised me for very different reasons. Chotto Matte because it was an evening of surprises! and La Bonne Heure for its quaintness!

    Before visiting Chotto Matte, I read most of the reviews available and felt quite apprehensive about going to Chotto Matte. All the reviews had much to say about the lack of space and quantity of food and less about the quality of food, ambience and staff. So my review is going to be all about the food.

    Nikkei, a Japanese-Peruvian hybrid menu is what kept us off balance all evening. We didn’t know what to expect next. Undoubtedly...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 7 November 2013

    Agent Restauranteur :: Chotto Matte – London W1D

    I was thrilled to be invited to the pre-pre-opening of Chotto Matte – an evening of cocktails and canapés. Often these evenings are hit and miss, sometimes amounting to a bit of a waste of time, but they are always worth a shot. Walking into what was literally a building site (I was asked to wear a yellow jacket and hard-hat to enter the premises and ascend the stairs to the more-complete-but-not-quite-there-yet second floor dining room), I had my doubts about this one.

    It was at this point that the endlessly charming Kurt Zdesar, the brains behind this new venture, announced dinner. The eight course dinner...
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  1. Published : Friday, 13 June 2014

    The Hedonist :: Chotto Matte – Review

    Situated on a Soho corner in Frith St and overlooking top tapas joint Barrafina is Chotto Matte. The building used to be one of the Giraffe chain and before that it was an undistinguished Italian restaurant that had no place in Soho’s food renaissance.

    The restaurant’s proposition is to bring a slice of urban Tokyo to London. The food is Nikkei cuisine, the Peruvian-Japanese fusion we have become familiar with from Nobu, set in a frame of dark wood, steel and manga art, and driven by a pumping soundtrack. The restaurant is full of groups of young women and couples all dressed to impress and excited to be...
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  1. I've acclimatised to and even rather enjoyed a variety of odd food combos over the years and you'll be pleased to hear that some of them are not just a muddled composite of cheese and hope. Fusion or eclectic food has been on the rise in London and we are seeing more and more unlikely culinary blends, so when Kurt Zdesar lifted the lid on Japanese vs. Peruvian dining, who knew it would be such a golden ticket?! Welcome to Chotto Matte in Soho...

    Unveiled in September 2013, I first walked through the sleek glass doors on Frith Street in February 2014, my most recent visit was lastnight, and I still recommended...
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  1. Chotto-Matteis the latest opening from the man behind the Ping Pong chain of restaurants and the man that brought Nobu to Europe. It is a restaurant specialising in Nikkei cuisine (a Peruvian/Japanese hybrid) Bestie and I both really love sushi and ceviche, so when deciding on where to meet up last week, this was an easy choice.
    Located on Frith Street in Soho, we walked into the huge restaurant and the bar area was already buzzing. We were seated at the back of the restaurant near the sushi counter and were left with a couple of menus to make our choices. It took us a while because the menu is long! Split into...
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  1. Published : Monday, 2 March 2015

    Frenchy love food :: CHOTTO MATTE | French Love Food

    Last Saturday to celebrate London Fashion Week (see article about LFW Day 2 & Day 5), I went for dinner with my friend to Chotto Matte. Opened last year, Chotto Matte is a Soho's three floor bar- restaurant which served Japanese and Peruvian food. My friend and I started the meal with one cocktail each...and ended up drinking only cocktails through the meal. We both liked the Japajito which had the same taste as a Mojito with an extra sweet note...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 19 March 2015

    French Love Food :: French Love Food

    Recently opened this month, Cahoots is the new addition to the night scene of London. It is a 1940s underground themed cocktail bar hidden in a secret underground station: Kingly Court. The only way to get on the train is to book in advance (but in the future they will consider having 20% walks-in). If you are a funny "scoundrel" or a vintage lover; and like original places with swing music, you should definitely plan a visit to Cahoots. Cocktails are priced around £8 to £10, but they are all creative and tasty. Cahoots is ideal to enjoy cocktails with friends or organise a 40s themed party, birthday or a hen do...
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  1. This was an eye opening event for me, my first ever sake tasting. In association with the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture bringing three sake breweries and a rice farmer from Japan explaining the importances of rice to the production of Sake. Not to forget, Chotto Matte was a prefect venue pairing with Nikkei cuisine (the combination of Japanese and Peruvian).

    Oh-Em-Geee, being a rice eater of over 20 years I should be ashamed that I never got into brown rice but this was the best brown rice I have ever eaten or even one of the best rice (as in rice on its own). I am not exaggerating. It was sticky, fluffy...
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  1. Chotto Matte is a Japanese restaurant, grill and sushi bar fusing traditional clean lines with a grungy Tokyo style. Sounds weird, right? But go with it. It’s good.

    The Soho restaurant is causing a bit of a stir at the moment, meaning it’s near impossible to get a table unless you want to eat really early (like a child) or really late (like an alcoholic)...
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  1. A couple of weeks ago a spontaneous lunch in Soho led me to Chotto Matte, a Peruvian-Japanese hot spot situated on Frith Street in Soho. This hip urban restaurant has walls adorned in colourful pops of graffiti whilst still retaining an underlying sleek sophistication. Arriving just before 1pm it was almost empty, and having been there a couple of months before for cocktails when it was bursting with people, perhaps this is more suited as an evening venue if you are after the hustle and bustle of an atmosphere...
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  • Address: 11-13 Frith Street, London W1D 4RB
  • Telephone: 020 7042 7171
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-1.30am

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