Review on Chotto Matte
Chotto Matte, Japanese for just a minute, sits in an imposing 60's building once occupied by the Giraffe restaurant on the corner of Frith and Bateman Street in Soho. It was launched in September 2013 by Kurt Zdesar, who previously established Nobu in London and was also the creator of Ping Pong which he sold in 2007.
Designed by Andy Martin, it is set over two floors offering several distinctive areas, with a cocktail lounge featuring a curved bar cut from lava stone on the ground floor and retractable glass walls that can be opened during summer months. The a la carte restaurant and sushi bar is adjacent to the lounge on a raised dining area. Follow the spiral, burnt-timber staircase to the upper level where the 100-cover dining room boasts an open Robata grill and sushi bar. The fabulous interiors have been designed to reflect the vibrancy of modern day Tokyo, with the big graphic illumination by painter and graffiti artist Houxo Que and the stunning 17 metre murals by London based Tom Blackford.
Heading the kitchen is talented Executive chef Jordan Sclare who has plied his trade at a number of critically acclaimed restaurants, such as Aqua Kyoto and Nobu Park Lane. The kitchen specialises in Nikkei cuisine which is a tantalising mix of Japanese and Peruvian fare. Typical dishes on the carte include Prawn Tempura with smoked purple potato; BBQ Pork Belly nashi pear salsa; Grilled Baby Chicken with spicy pomegranate salsa; BBQ specialties from the Robata Grill, and a selection of fresh, sustainably sourced sushi.
Chotto Matte boasts an extensive wine list with up to 58 wines offered by the glass, carafe and bottle, together with zingy cocktails, sakes, shochu and premium Japanese whiskies.
Japanese / Peruvian / Seafood
Jordan Sclare and Michael Paul
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 through until
Dinner: 1.30am Mon-Sat (1.00pm - 12.00am Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express