23 April 2014

Chotto Matte

11-13 Frith Street, London W1D 4RB

£58.00 Japanese Soho

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  • Wine: £21.00
  • Champagne: £80.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-1.30am

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The brainchild of Kurt Zdesar (founder of the Ping Pong chain), dimly lit Chotto Matte is a good fit for Soho with its discreet black facade, hard surfaces, industrial vents and bold urban graffiti. The extensive menu is a showcase for Nikkei cuisine – a Japanese/Peruvian hybrid that has become widely known through Nobu’s menus. Some fusion ideas such as tuna nigiri doused in yuzu-infused butter can misfire, although the kitchen fares better when it goes Latin – witness delicate corn and avocado fritters on a purée of purple Peruvian potatoes or punchy pork anticuchos topped with nashi pear and yellow-tomato salsa. The restaurant’s name is a Japanese colloquial phrase meaning ‘just a moment’ – although that’s no excuse for ‘awful service’. Staff mean well, but are poorly trained, with reports of ‘unsteady’ and ‘rude’ dealings.

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  1. Chotto Matte

    11-13 Frith Street, London W1D 4RB
    Overall rating:
    Simon R.

    Much better than I expected given the other reviews


    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 6

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  2. Chotto Matte

    11-13 Frith Street, London W1D 4RB
    Overall rating:
    Richard A.

    Dreadful customer service


    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 6

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  3. Chotto Matte

    11-13 Frith Street, London W1D 4RB
    Overall rating:
    Kate S.

    better then expected


    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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  4. Chotto Matte

    11-13 Frith Street, London W1D 4RB
    Overall rating:
    Mark F.

    give it 6 months


    • Food & Drink: 1
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 1
    • Value: 1

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  5. Chotto Matte

    11-13 Frith Street, London W1D 4RB
    Overall rating:
    Darren M.

    Avoid, avoid, avoid


    • Food & Drink: 2
    • Service: 2
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 2

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  1. Published : Thursday, 3rd 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 its sweet, soft slices of raw shellfish that melt in your mouth...
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  2. Published : Tuesday, 25th 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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  3. 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 the food was great and as we were a large group of more than twenty people, we had a large selection of dishes from their menu...
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  4. Published : Sunday, 9th 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 into 10 different sections with an additional two sections for sushi, we were advised to pick between 6 and 8 different dishes depending on how hungry we were. Bestie left the ordering with me and as usual, I went a bit overboard. Originally I had started writing about each dish, but it really was starting to become quite an epic read. So I have decided to just write about the highlights and lowlights...
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  5. Published : Thursday, 7th 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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  6. 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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Essential Details for Chotto Matte

  • Address: 11-13 Frith Street, London W1D 4RB
  • Telephone: 020 7042 7171
  • Website:
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-1.30am
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £58.00
  • Wine: £21.00
  • Champagne: £80.00

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