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.
By Zing Tsjeng
Kurt Zdesar founded Nobu, the first Asian restaurant in Britain to attain a Michelin star, so it’s no surprise that his latest creation is another triumph. Chotto Matte—which translates to “please wait a minute” in Japanese—specializes in Nikkei cuisine, a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese food that originated in South America.
It’s not as odd as it sounds—after decades of immigration, Peru is now home to the second largest Japanese population in South America, and Chotto Matte’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 it’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 don’t like raw seafood, there’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