Chotto Matte, the new restaurant venture from former Nobu Europe operations director Kurt Zdesar, is set to open during London Fashion Week (13-17 September 2013).
The venture, on the corner of Soho's Bateman and Frith Street, will serve Nikkei cuisine (a style of Japanese cooking that emerged in Peru).
Spread over three floors, the restaurant will comprise six distinct areas, including an expansive cocktail lounge on the ground floor with a curved bar cut from lava stone, where mixologists will serve up Nikkei-inspired Pisco, Sochu and Sake cocktails. Retractable glass walls will expose the lounge to the street in good weather
A spiral, burnt-timber staircase will lead guests to the upper level which will boast an open Robata grill, sushi bar, and 100-cover dining room. The exposed Robata grill will accommodate up to 10 guests and serve smoky Japanese BBQ such as hotpots, Wagyu beef, and seasonal grilled vegetables straight from grill to plate.
In both the upper and lower level dining rooms, an a la carte menu designed to encourage sharing will serve 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 sustainably sourced sushi. The menu will also feature a Nikkei tasting menu of seven courses for £40.
The interiors, designed by Andy Martin, are designed to evoke a sense of modern day Tokyo.
The restaurant will open daily from 12 noon - 1.30am and will also offer live music & DJ sets.