If there’s one thing Londoners love to do, it’s bottomless brunch. The same old poached eggs and smashed avo on toast can get a bit repetitive after a while though, even when paired with as much prosecco as you can drink in two hours. Chotto Matte has just launched a new immersive Harajuku Brunch right in the heart of Soho though, adding a little kawaii to the London scene.
We started off with some little plates of salted edamame beans and cassava and sweet potato chips, served with guacamole and yellow tomato salsa for dipping. We nibbled on these as we looked over the menu to make the difficult decision which dishes we should try.
For our first course, we decided on the sea bass ceviche, tempura shrimp, nikkei sashimi and, of course, the sushi donut. Out of these, the sea bass ceviche was the standout. Prepared in the typical South American way with leche de tigre, chive oil, sweet potato, Peruvian corn and coriander to make a tart and sharp dish softened by the sweet saltiness of the fish. Special mention goes to the sushi donut though, which was a really fun option that looked and tasted great, featuring salmon, tuna, sea bass and avocado sushi.
Mains consisted of barriguita de chanchito (a pork belly dish), salmon nipon and the warm beef fillet tataki. Just from reading the menu we knew the beef tataki would be our favourite so we actually ordered two servings, and it did not disappoint. Served with spicy coriander causa and poached egg, the beef was perfectly seared on the outside and rare in the middle, allowing the flavour of the meat to shine through.
Japanese pancake souffle is taking the culinary world by storm, so we had to indulge in a few of these. Though they didn’t look like the prettiest dessert in the world, the flavour was OUT OF THIS WORLD, and the interesting yuzu cheesecake mousse texture was seriously addictive. Served up with blackcurrant compote, white chocolate sauce and a hefty sprinkling of edible glitter, we’d recommend ignoring the ‘serves two’ note and just ordering one to yourself.
For £29 per person, you get a choice of three delicious courses, however most of the dishes are best shared like we did above. We’d recommend picking a selection of dishes you and your friends all want to try, then having little bits of each. Add another £20 for bottomless cocktails and you’ve got yourself a proper brunch feast. We visited Chotto Matte’s Harajuku Brunch in the morning before some of our shows at London Fashion Week, so we didn’t drink any alcohol. However, we can confirm their non-alcoholic drink selection is fantastic, and we slurped down more than a few virgin Bloody Marys between us.
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The harajuku-themed bottomless brunch at @chottomatteldn could be one of our favourite brunch themes yet ??? Vibey music, bright colours and harajuku characters roamed around welcoming guests, does it get any more fun than that!? _______ ✨SPECIAL MENTION ✨ goes to the Japanese Pancake Soufflé ? it was so soft and creamy and covered in sparkly glitter ? Other faves included sushi doughnuts and beef fillet tataki. ?
If you’re keen to get amongst this delicious Japanese-inspired brunch feast, you can make a booking here.