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Soho’s doyenne of Nikkei cuisine Chotto Matte finally opened a second outpost earlier this summer, taking over a striking corner site in Marylebone Village to bring a new flavour to the area.

Designed by award-winning architect Andy Martin Architecture and inspired by Tokyo’s contemporary urban culture, the high ceilinged interior feels more spacious than its Soho counterpart, yet in true Chotto Matte style it still manages to squeeze one table too many into every row. There’s a constant feeling that you’re on the next door table’s date, not to mention almost knocking over their wine bottle with my bum while trying to get past.

The menu has been curated by Global Executive Chef Jordan Sclare and Head Chef Begonya Sanchez, and stays true to the restaurant’s cult favourites while adding some tantalising new dished including (O-Toro) tuna and robatayaki salmon, with exciting European and South American nuances, including smoked jalapeño chilli, persimmon (sharon fruit) and truffle. 

Despite the squeeze, the food is (as per) pretty sensational. The Wagyu Beef Gyoza were rich and indulgent with a sharp ponzu cutting through the fat. A plate of King Crab Butter Leaf Tacos with Sharon fruit, avocado tempura, chilli and tobiko caviar provided a moreish mouthful of sweetness. The iconic Black Miso Cod is always exceptional; flaky, sweet and sticky, it’s a must order, while the Tentáculos de Pulpo - octopus with spicy yuzu and purple potato - may just be my new favourite; grilled to perfection, melt-in-the-mouth and reminiscent of many a Mediterranean holiday.

The new restaurant also see the launch of the new Tokyo to Lima cocktail menu, with 10 10 new drinks, set to be rolled out to all Chotto Matte restaurants globally, inspired by the evolution of Nikkei cuisine and designed to complement the unique flavours of the dishes. The cocktail lounge is a buzzy corner of the restaurant worth a visit alone.

This is one new opening that is bringing a new vibe to Marylebone. The only question is, where next?

Posted Date
Jul 31, 2022 in We Love London by Laurel
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