Chotto Matte is an exciting restaurant and bar in Soho that serves Nikkei cuisine; a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian dishes. Having never been to a Japanese Peruvian fusion restaurant before and having had recommendations from friends we thought we would check it out!
Arriving with no booking the friendly (and beautiful) girls on the door managed to squeeze us in though with a queue already starting to form behind us it’s advisable to make a reservation.
This funky and upmarket restaurant has a stylish and bold decor with large bright manga style murals stretching along the walls, from the moment you walk the vibrant buzzing atmosphere gives you that exclusive cool feeling without being overly pretentious.
We were seated at a side table in the large upstairs restaurant however there are also seats around the kitchen where you can watch the crazy skills of the sushi chefs at work. These look like pretty fun seats to be in and good for a date as you can always talk about what the chefs are doing if conversation dries up.
The menu is large and with primarily tapas style dishes to share. There were far to many things to pick so decided on the £40 per person sharing menu. Dishes came one after another so they are not all piled up on the table at once and they start small and get bigger and bigger (we were worried at first that they would all be tiny). The presentation of the dishes was very pretty with vibrant colours that make every dish look amazing, all were ridiculously tasty but the highlight for me had to be the gyoza’s, the pollo den miso and the maki rolls which I devoured little too quickly.
There is a large drinks menu but we just got beers. If you’re into your whiskey, sake and pisco sour’s then you’ll be right at home. The service was attentive throughout though waiter had a strong accent and was difficult to make out what he was saying in the bustling restaurant.
On a final note, the toilets are crazy (cool), They are all black and finding way in is difficult, turns out it’s a button on the wall though I didn’t find this until after I’d slammed into the door.
Stay for cocktails in the bar afterwards or head to one of the many pubs close by. An excellent restaurant for a date!