Kurt Zdesar, the restaurateur who founded Ping Pong, is to open a new restaurant in London's Soho called Chotto Matte.
The restaurant and bar is set to open in September this year and will offer Japanese-inspired Nikkei cuisine.
The menu has been developed by Hiroki Takemura (formerly of Nobu and Zuma) and will feature a seven-course tasting menu for £40.
It is being designed by Andy Martin who will combined natural materials including lava stone and burnt cedar with art inspired by Tokyo's contemporary urban culture.
Four areas of the venue will house a lounge, sushi bar, robata grill and 180-cover restaurant.
Zdesar, aside from growing Ping Pong to eight sites, established Nobu's first European restaurant as director of operations for Nobu Europe.
By Neil Gerrard
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