Chotto matte

Oh my! Mouthwatering gyoza

Nikkei, who?

Chotto Matte, based in Soho, specialises in Peruvian Japanese fusion. Also known as Nikkei cuisine.

Not heard of it before? Neither had I, but it’s a pretty inspired combination.

Smoky, char grilled dishes come off open Robata grill, contrasting with the fresh sushi and citrusy ceviche, and then creamy spicy giant Peruvian corn rounds everything off nicely.

Wait – why are you still reading? You should already be booking your table!

Spread over two floors the atmosphere is great. The music gets turned up louder and louder, and lighting that gradually gets dimmed down low – it’s reminiscent of a club with a dining experience too.

And what an experience.

Firstly the drinks are great – the Moshi Moshi Madre (a saki and gin based cocktail) which was recommended to me was delicious. There are 60 wines available, all of them available by the glass. Some really interesting stuff too – both the Albarino and the Godello worked well with the food.

The restaurant has also been given seal of the approval by Michelin starred chef Raymond Blanc who we spotted dining at a nearby table.

The only downside is that the next morning your clothes smelt like you spent the evening at a bonfire party. But don’t let that hold you back.  

Here are some of the highlights of what we ate:

 Chotto Matte, 11–13 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4RB