As the nights draw in and the temperature gets chillier, Londoners withdraw from the beer gardens of the capital to the cosy warmth of its eating establishments. This autumn boasted a bumper crop of new restaurant openings, from all-day brasseries to sky-high pop-ups, here are the top five new eateries to discover in the capital.Â
By Zing Tsjeng
Kurt Zdesar founded Nobu, the first Asian restaurant in Britain to attain a Michelin star, so itâ€™s no surprise that his latest creation is another triumph. Chotto Matteâ€”which translates to â€śplease wait a minuteâ€ť in Japaneseâ€”specializes in Nikkei cuisine, a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese food that originated in South America.
Itâ€™s not as odd as it soundsâ€”after decades of immigration, Peru is now home to the second largest Japanese population in South America, and Chotto Matteâ€™s combination of fresh fish with yucca, aji peppers, and other Peruvian staples is irresistible. With a 100-cover dining room, complete with sushi bar and glamorous cocktail lounge, it also looks like itâ€™s quickly becoming something of a Soho destination in itself.
If you want a taste of everything on offer, an extensive degustation menu is available from US$64 and features popular Chotto Matte staples such as its tangy and piquant sea bass ceviche. For those who donâ€™t like raw seafood, thereâ€™s also a 10-seater robata (charcoal) grill that serves Japanese barbeque specialties like Wagyu beef and seasonal grilled vegetables.
11-13 Frith Street, 44-20/7042-7171; Chotto Matte; mains from US$12; drinks from US$8