When my food blogger colleague Malin was in town with her friend Jenny we met up twice. Once on a Monday for some prosecco and nibbles and then on their last evening in town for dinner. We had a great time eating our way through Chotto Matte’s sharing menu and catching up.
Without much knowledge of Peruvian food I think Chotto Matte makes a good job of combining it with Japanese. Most dishes we had were really nice although there was a little room for improvement on some. The sharing menus are great way to try a few different dishes (including some of their signature dishes) and they’re great value for money too.
After deciding on the wine (very important!) we got to try the first dish; tostaditas with beef, smoked aji planka, shiitake and yuzu. Very yummy!
Soon after (the table was never empty) we received the seabass cheviche with sweet potato, Peruvian corn (they were more floury than usual), coriander and citrus sauce. Apart from the corn I really liked this dish; subtle flavours and nicely balanced. The seabass was delicious!
The gyozas with pork, prawns and cassava on a bed of sweet potato purée were a favourite amongst us all – delicious!
The spring rolls with shiitake and prawns and a ponzu salsa were nice too, but nothing special.
We really enjoyed the very tender miso chicken – it was just scrumptious! Nice barbecue flavour.
This octopus was very tender and nice but the purple potato purée didn’t add much to the dish, sadly.
And the maki rolls with tuna were nice, but I preferred the hot food.
For pudding we received a selection of sweets, and all very good! The small pots of lemon grass creme brulee and chocolate mousse with honeycomb were just the right size and the mochis fresh and light.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and the buzzing atmosphere! I will certainly come back for the miso chicken!
Chotto Matte, 11 – 13 Frith Street, London W1D 4RB
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