Thursday, 14 November 2013

Chotto Matte - Japanese Joint in Soho

One grey and wet evening I grabbed my coat and umbrella and ventured to Soho's Frith Street to meet my foodie friend Allison for our usual catch up. I booked us a new Japanese restaurant called 'Chotto Matte' which translated means 'Please wait a moment'. Seems like Westerners will name their restaurants anything now just to make it sound slightly exotic to appeal more to the market. Anyway, I am not here for the name, I am here for the food!

Once again I did very little research about this place so I did not know what to expect. Upon entering the big lounge and bar on the ground floor I immediately felt I like was transported to New York. The big wall on one side is covered with illustrations of Manga graffiti that adds a pop of colour and urban feel to the whole place. You would never see this in Mayfair.

I have always heard New Yorkers complain hat there aren't any cool lounges places to go to in London for nights were you really don't want to go all out. Maybe this could be it?




We were showed our way upstairs to the dinning area and after drooling over the menu and realising that its not just a Japanese restaurant but a Peruvian fusion too we thought it better to ask for recommendations from our waiter. He did a great job at advising us I have to say, we loved everything we got served, and the ingredients were so fresh and well made! I think this may be my new favourite Japanese place in Soho.


I didn't want to order this salad but my fellow diner insisted and after tasting it I was so glad that she did! 

We had to fight over the last piece of these dumplings

Soft shell crab

Prawn Tempura, the prawns were very fresh and perfectly cooked. Much better than the Nobu ones.

Miso black cod. Good but not the best I've had.

Peruvian Polpo, this was one of our favourites






The only negative comment I have was that the food was a bit slow. Our dinner lasted just over 2 hours and we kind of got hungry between courses. I put this down to the fact that they have only been open for one month. So maybe the name 'Chotte Matte' (please wait a moment) is suited after all?

My fondant was over cooked and not runny enough inside

 Poached Pear cake :)
The dessert were slightly less impressive. My fondant was over cooked by a few minutes. Allison's pear cake was a winner though, kind of like a less alcoholic version of Rum Baba. Over all I had a great food experience and will definitely be going back!


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