Brunch. One of my favourite meals of the day, just narrowly beaten by Afternoon Tea. I don’t like to eat a heavy meal first thing in the morning and restaurants are always so packed during lunchtime that it’s tricky to get in without a booking. Brunch is that perfect inbetweeny meal that keeps you satisfied until supper and allows you to make the most of the day while everyone else is having lunch and it’s quiet.
Chotto Matte have now also realized this and launched a cocktail brunch menu, so Ben and I thought we would head down to see if it was worth the hype. Chotto Matte has always been a favourite of ours, with fun décor and beautiful Peruvian style dishes that the chef takes so much care over.
Brunch started with the option of alchohol, or non alcohol. Ben and I both went for non-alcoholic and he went for the vegetarian option due to his fish allergy. This option allowed us three non-alcoholic cocktails and a tasting menu. My faves were the Juniper Tonic (Blackcurrant jam, juniper syrup, elderflower tonic, lemon juice, Mediterranean tonic) and the Chicha Morada (pineapple, cinnamon, cloves, lime, sugar syrup and soda).
The meal started with a delicious sushi bowl with tuna, scallop, salmon, yellowtail and seabass – all of which were unbelievably fresh and delicious. Ben’s sushi, although not fish, was also eautifully presented and equally as delicious. He had omelette, aubergine, avocado, mushrooms and courgette with a Yasai Truffle roll on the side.
As the tempura is cooked in the same oil as the calamari tempura, Ben had to miss out on the vegetable tempura but my calamari was fresh and sharp with a gorgeous spritz of lemon juice to finish it off.
Next, my absolute favourite part – Asado De Tira. Beef short rib, asparagus, purple potato and teriyaki jus. Ben’s vegetarian option was chilli courgette, pickled shallots and sweet potato, but he asked to have the meat option with me. This was the tastiest dish to me, such succulent meat and beautiful sauce.
The chicken was also pretty good. Beautifully succulent in a yummy sauce. Both were served withsake sautéed broccoli, which wasn’t my favourite but Ben loved it.
Pudding was a platter of Mango Mochi Balls, Pasion fruit Brulee and chocolate pots. The mango Mochi balls were so good, I could have eaten a whole plate of them.
If you’re slightly tired of avocado on toast and pancakes with syrup and bacon, Chotto Matte really does offer the perfect alternative. Brunch starts from £45pp and you can book here. Enjoy!