Chotto Matte 22

11-13 Frith Street , London, W1D 4RB

10 reviews

60 Japanese Peruvian Soho

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SquareMeal Review of Chotto Matte

Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Modern and youthful, this champion of Nikkei cuisine (Japanese/Peruvian fusion) pulls out the stops in every department. Chotto Matte is a large two-floor venue: a neon-splashed nightclub of a restaurant where graffiti-covered walls are juxtaposed with low lighting and concrete pillars. The best thing we ate on an intermittently forgettable menu was a glowing sushi and sashimi platter, the delicately prepared flesh adorned with vibrant daubs of aji amarillo chilli. Every dish is presented with bravado; scorched gyoza parcels of pork, prawn and cassava are fanned out on a bright red and yellow bed of sweet potato and more amarillo. Pricey small portions make this an expensive prospect – we suggest one of the set-price sharing menus – and despite the peacock approach, some flavours fall flat. Stick to the barbecue and sushi elements, then raid the sprawling, inventive cocktail list. Chotto Matte’s sheer enthusiasm, as embodied by chefs Jordan Sclare and Michael Paul (‘The Nikkei Boys’), should ensure an entertaining night: after a more energetic alternative to Hakkasan? Look no further. 

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This 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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7.5

Food & Drink: 8.3

Service: 7.3

Atmosphere: 8.1

Value: 7.1

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Chris H. silver reviewer 10 August 2017

I first visited this restaurant 2 years ago, firstly for a showcase event and then another two times with friends. Last night we had the pre-theatre bento box including a glass of prosecco which was £25 plus we ordered pisco sours (delicious) and another glass of prosecco each. The service was impeccable. The pre-theatre dinner menu was excellent. I highly recommend you try Chatto Matte. Great location in Soho.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 13 October 2016

Chotto Mate ticks many boxes – it is cool, serves excellent food and wines and has enthusiastic and engaging staff. The catch, however, is the cost. The menu is somewhat bewildering in its complexity, the dishes are small and the bill can therefore rack up quickly. Even if you opt for one of the sharing menus – and at least have the dilemma of knowing what to choose taken away – this hardly comes cheap, at a minimum of £50 a head. On a Wednesday night when a group of five of us dined there recently, the place was certainly buzzing, suggesting good things, but also many deep pockets. Chotto Mate (which means ‘wait a minute’ in Japanese) is spread over two floors and is certainly not the place to go for an intimate meal; rather, expect a hip set of tunes, graffiti murals on the wall and a lot of people and dishes constantly on the move. The inspiration for the food – in that very on-trend sort of way – is a cross between Japanese and Peruvian. It’s been done many times before, most famously at Nobu, but it does continue to work, and the two cuisines are natural bedfellows in many ways. There is no shortage of options from which to choose and we also noted that the restaurant was very accommodating for one member of our group, who required gluten-free options. Between us we sampled some 20 dishes, a range of cold and hot options. All credit to the restaurant that I do not recall one failure among the selection. Chotto excelled in both the quite simple (such as Padrón peppers) as well as the notably more complex. In particular, we rated the dishes from the Anticuchería barbecue, namely meat/fish chargrilled over hot coals with a marinade of Peruvian spices. Stand-out options were the pork belly, beef heart skewers and octopus, all full of flavour and cooked pitch-perfect. The wine list was also intelligently compiled and we especially rated a fine New Zealand Pinot Noir (Huia), which paired well with the food. My advice – go, but get someone else to pay if you can.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Joanna G. platinum reviewer 09 May 2016

We sat outside on a sunny day in Soho drinking pisco sours and watching the world go by. We were very well looked after by the manager and waitress, they were attentive, friendly and helpful advising us on the menu. We shared - Yellowtail sashimi, cherry tomatoes, jalapeno and coriander with yuzu truffle soy (I am salivating just thinking about this), Prawn spring roll with shitake and ponzu salsa, Corn, green bean, avocado, spring onion fritters, with daikon sauce –I ate most of them. Tuna sashimi tostaditas, and lastly, Chicken Yuzi teriyaki which was very succulent and quite a large portion, and was more than enough for two. Getting to the toilets was a bit of an ordeal, coming in from the sunshine, it was a very dark walk downstairs to the bathrooms, all black walls and low lighting, it took a while for my eyes to adjust and find the button on the wall to open the doors, but that could just be my age! Will definitely re-visit.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

anna g. 03 September 2014

The food was what drew us to Chotto Matte. The tasting menu is especially good value and you get to sample a variety of items from the menu. We were very impressed. The atmosphere is quite trendy, which may not be for everyone. We went on a Friday evening, so it was full of young, well-dressed Soho types! But even if that's not your style, go for the food!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Madison C. bronze reviewer 19 August 2014

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! This is a must see restaurant if you're into a bit of a scene and amazing food. www.eatlivelondon.com

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Monikasays platinum reviewer 27 May 2014

Chotte Matte is a sultry new addition to Soho and its ubiquitous eateries. Brazilian/ Peruvian, yes I know, a little alternative but picture Hakassan meets Ceviche at reasonable prices. For once in my life. I gambled and did not pre-book and wandered into Soho on date night and walked straight into this alluring restaurant/ bar. We managed to get a table at the Sushi bar which for once had comfortable high chairs. The menu is attractive, think … black cod with yellow chilli miso, citrus marinated tuna sashimi, spicy chicken teriyaki, light prawn tempura…mmmm. Generous portions and reasonable prices. There is also that buzzy Soho vibe with an eclectic mix of locals and tourists and funky toons. The decor is dark, cool and splattered with trendy graffiti. This place works for date night, the first date, a catch up with the girls, or just when you need a black cod fix.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Simon R. 20 March 2014

I booked this for my wife and I (Sushi Samba was fully booked and we fancied something similar). I saw all the reviews here and Grace Dent's in the Evening Standard and was a bit concerned how bad it might be. The reality was, thankfully, much better. The food was very good (albeit not quite to the standards of Sushi Samba) and the mix of South American and Japanese cuisine works better than you might expect. We were tempted by the tasting menu but chose a fairly random 10 dishes in the end – the sushi and sashimi was very good, the meatier dishes also very good (I loved the pork belly). Slightly too noisy – perhaps aimed more at 20-somethings rather than 40-somethings – but not oppressively so. It did feel a little overpriced – we came away having spent £200 as a couple and we didn't go crazy with the wine list. The set menu is £60 per head, add on cocktails to start, a bottle of wine, and service and you can see how you can quickly get to £200 for a couple. The service, which seems to have been much of the focus of the other reviews, was okay. It was a bit amatuerish at times with more youth than experience. But it was very friendly and polite with a decent amount of enthusiasm and we were both happy with it. This isn't to say that the other reviewers didn't have a bad experience – just balancing it out with a better one. We did have a mistake where a glass of Sauterne my wife ordered with pudding turned up as Sancerre – she had a couple of sips and it clearly didn't look, smell or taste right – but the waitress immediately agreed and replaced it with the Sauterne ordered with no fuss. The manager Sam was very visible and clearly wanted us to have a good meal. He succeeded and I would be happy to go again.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Richard A. 12 December 2013

I attended the restaurant last week and was impressed by the decor and the ambiance. The food was excellent, but the customer service was very poor. Waiters looked as though they felt they were to cool to serve. And I'm thinking, hang on, your a waiter mate, err I don't think you are too cool for school. My problems really began when I left my debit card behind the bar after we moved from that area to our table and paid in cash. I went back to the restaurant on Friday, saw the French/Spanish? Lady at the front of house and explained what had happened. She ignored me in front of other customers, and kept me waiting even though I had arrived before the people she served. After 10-15 minutes she explained any cards would be in the safe which she or anyone currently there didn’t have access to. She assured me she would call me on Friday evening…Regardless of weather or not she found the card… Did I receive a call, did I hell! So Monday rolls around, I call up, an extremely apologetic woman comes on the phone, “apologies for not calling me back” and says she will look into and call me back… Did she hell! Wednesday rolls around, again an apologetic women says the bar manager is in a meeting and he may have stored it somewhere safe. She is leaving but will leave messages for someone to call me back… Did I receive the call. Did I hell!!! So it's Thursday, 11.20 am… I call again. New woman… I’m sorry sir, I will check with my office and call you back in 5 minutes… It's now 11.37 am… Seriously, what is wrong with people?? Stay posted for updates…

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Kate s. 20 November 2013

I was really worry going, after reading all the reviews. It was very nice surprise to see how nice the place is. Food is great, with lots of nice ingredients: yuzu, grains, dressings. Will be back.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 1.0

Darren M. 26 September 2013

So the menu here looks potentially interesting and tasty – but we cannot comment on its quality. I made a reservation a week ago for a table at 8.15pm. We were asked to wait at the bar as our table was not ready which is fine, we were in no great hurry and tend to be relaxed about this sort of thing. However the 2 barmen have received zero training it would appear as they served only those people right in front of their noses or pretty girls in their vicinity. This meant we waited 20mins before I blew up as yet another couple of girls who had just arrived were served before us. So finally we got some drinks. After yet another interminable wait – and having observed a multitude of empty tables, I went to find out why we had been waiting – by now – 50mins for a table. One of the hostesses to be fair looked shocked and said she would investigate – she never came back to me. Eventually – another 10mins later we are finally seated… At one of the tables which had been free the whole time we had been there. Then begins another 15min wait where we get no menus and no service. I spot the owner and politely ask him over and describe our experience in his restaurant to date. He apologises and within a couple of minutes a waitress appears with some menus for us. Following her within seconds is the surly floor manager who introduces us to our waiter for the evening and asks if we are reach to order. When I say no, he challenges me as he had heard we had complained of waiting a long time. I point out that we had waited a long time to be seated and given menus… Which we had only just received Inevitably not being able to order immediately without looking through the menu proved to be fatal as after another 20mins of waiting for our drinks order and for a waiter to come take our food order – we gave up and went to the lovely little tapas place up the road instead! It doesnt matter how good the food may be- if a restaurant's staff cannot rise above indifference for its clientele and at times just plain rudeness and incompetence, then it deserves to fail Oh and we were not an isolated case – the tables either side of us were both complaining g about unsteady service with the French couple next to us particularly miffed as she had finished eating while he was still waiting for his main…

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