Chotte Matte – fun times

Chotto Matte was a venue I’d wanted to try for a while so booked it to celebrate our 6th anniversary. The restaurant/bar brings together the best of Japanese and Peruvian cultures serving up Nikkei cuisine, colourful cocktails, and live music. So after a disappointing meal at Coya where I ordered the wrong dishes, I was hoping this one would be much better. And it did surpass expectations.

The location on Frith Street is huge – and as soon as you enter, your eyes are drawn to a vast, UV-illuminated mural created by Tokyo-based graffiti artist Houxo Que – incredible! The kitchen has a number of stations, including a sushi and ceviche bar as well as a Japanese Robata grill area serving barbecued dishes. There is also a bar menu of small eats (tostaditas) with a variety of toppings for those who fancy a few snacks with a drink.

We had:

  • Cone of cassava and sweet potato crisps, with an accompanying yellow tomato salsa and guacamole
  • Tostadito: Heritage tomato huacatay aburi with Kumquat, coriander cress and chive oil.
  • Donburi – an oversized bowl of cooked rice with corn, avocado, spring onion fitters, mushrooms and daikon sauce on top
  • Sautéed chilli and garlic vegetables

The food was tasty with some unique flavours – the dishes were small and tapas style. I’d recommend adding a main dish as the dishes were small and tapas style which was a shame considering the prices. I’m glad I ordered the Donburi as it was a good accompaniment to the other dishes.

Chotto Matte is quite priced but a fun place to discover some interesting cuisine in the heart of London. It’s a cool place to go with the girls – you will definitely have a good night out.

Business lunch – Cucina Asselina

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I just started a new contract and wanted to take my client out for lunch. I’d been eyeing up the Italian restaurant at ME Hotel and as it was across the road from the office, it was a perfect choice for a business lunch.

 

The restaurant is stylish – oak panelling, copper lamps, tall ceilings, huge alcove windows and the stunning glass-encased wine display – all adds to the light and airy feelThe restaurant prides itself on serving artisan-style Italian food with exceptional Italian service. The staff have an expert knowledge of the menu, ingredients and drinks which is a refreshing change to the Italian chains.

 

The bread board delivered ahead of our mains was a feast for our eyes and appetite. Soft, salty focaccia blocks, crisp breadsticks and sheets of Sardinian paper bread accompanied by olive tapenade and olive oil. This was followed by semolina gnocchi with basil pesto and asparagus. It was cooked perfectly – al dente and delicious. It melted in your mouth and despite being heavy was a great lunch dish.

 

Cucina Asellina offers a little taste of Italian with plenty of style and plenty on the plate. We left Cucina Asellina feeling stuffed, happy and impressed. Next stop the radio rooftop bar!