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Chotto Matte

By | 30th July 2013

Chotto Matte is set to open in September during London Fashion Week bringing the energy of underground Tokyo to the streets of Soho. Located on the corner of Bateman and Frith Streets, it will bring together the best of Japanese and Peruvian cultures serving up Nikkei cuisine, colourful cocktails, and live music.

Spread over three floors, the venue will comprise of 6 distinct areas. The ground floor will include an expansive cocktail lounge featuring a curved bar cut from lava stone from which mixologists will shake up Nikkei inspired Pisco, Sochu, and Sake cocktails. There are also retractable glass walls opening up to the street.

Adjacent to the bar will be a raised dining area complete with a 55-cover a-la-carte restaurant and fixed-price raw bar where the master sushi chef – previously chef to the Emperor of Japan – will serve an ever-evolving menu of sushi and raw specialties.

A spiral, burnt-timber staircase will lead to the upper level with its open Robata grill, sushi bar, and 100-cover dining room. The exposed Robata grill will accommodate up to 10 people and serve Japanese BBQ favourites like Wagyu beef and seasonal grilled vegetables. For both dining rooms there’s an evolving a-la-carte menu with dishes including Avocado Tempura with smoked purple potato; BBQ Pork Belly nashi pear salsa; Grilled Baby Chicken with spicy pomegranate salsa; BBQ specialties from the Robata Grill, and a selection of fresh, sustainably sourced sushi.

Andy Martin’s interior design fuses both natural materials such as lava stone and burnt cedar with art inspired by Tokyo’s contemporary urban culture. Ahead of the September launch Houxo Que, a Tokyo based painter and graffiti artist, will be in residence working on large-scale bespoke graphics for the walls.