Looking ahead to September 2013, Chotto Matte is set to open in Soho, ‘bringing the energy of underground Tokyo’. Located on Frith Street, Chotto Matte will ‘bring together the best of Japanese and Peruvian cultures serving up’ ‘Nikkei cuisine, colourful cocktails, and live music’.
Chotto Matte will feature 6 separate areas spread over three floors: A ground floor cocktail lounge with a curved bar cut from lava stone and retractable glass walls; a raised 55 seater restaurant and raw bar; an open Robata grill; a sushi bar; and 100-cover dining room on the upper level.
Example dishes will include Avocado Tempura with smoked purple potato; BBQ Pork Belly nashi pear salsa; Grilled Baby Chicken with spicy pomegranate salsa; BBQ specialities from the Robata Grill, and a selection of fresh, sustainably sourced sushi.
Open daily until 01:30, Chotto Matte will hopefully offer that rarest of species – a place for pre-dinner cocktails followed by dinner followed by late night drinks, all in one place, and all in a central Soho location.
Chotto Latte will open in September, the same time as Angela Hartnett’s Merchant Tavern, so sign up to receive our full review in due course.
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