With sweeping views across London’s vista from the Albert Embankment, Chino Latino offers visitors a journey across Asia through exciting and colourful cuisine. I hate being asked what country offers the most delicious food. I often reply with whatever I am eating at the moment. Food in my opinion is greatly under-appreciated in all aspects, let alone where it comes from. Although this may be a symptom of chronic indecisiveness. Chino Latino however solves this problem through being the self-proclaimed pioneers of fusion food. Boy does it deliver.
Chino Latino is set in a sleek but cavernous dining space. There we were to indulge ourselves amongst the ambient murmur of others too enjoying the rich and varied choices from the menu. This was comforting as we arrived sodden from the blustery wintry elements outside.
So what about the aforementioned ‘fusion’ elements? If Pan Asian is not enough, Chino Latino is heavily influenced by ‘Darkest Peru’ as Paddington, a native but exiled bear would quip. Such influences however provide more colour and majesty than the little rascal bear gives credit for.
PERU-sing through a menu of delights was made easier when we were at once seated and offered a welcome cocktail. A warming Boulevardier, my staple cocktail of choice, or maybe two, while my wife enjoyed a Dragonfly, consisting of vodka, red chillies, lychees and lime.
Each of the starters we had initiated an evening of ‘Operation Surf ‘n’ Turf.’ If I chose a beef dish, then lobster, crab or fish tacos of would arrive swiftly after. My wife and I are a self-certified dining unit and love to share. This works wonderfully at a place such as Chino Latino especially as they boast an ethos of Love, Share & Enjoy. Such feelings were everywhere and emanated out of the kitchen and into the murmured sounds of appreciation all around.
The ever-affable waiting staff were never far away and on standby ready to fill in any gaps in our knowledge of what was on the menu. Chino Latino’s speciality and the dish we were most keen to try was the Wagyu beef. Wagyu, I am reliably informed, means literally and somewhat modestly, Japanese (Wa) and Beef (Gyu). Wagyu beef is characteristically, heavily marbled and ours was served on a brick of heated seasoned Himalayan salt. Fine strips of the most tender and exceedingly delicious beef were then presented, blue. Ready to be seared to your own preference.
I chose the delicious Wasabi Lobster, in a thinly veiled attempt to try everything on the exciting menu. I succeeded in this by pinching the occasional slice of my wife’s beef.
The lobster was as intense as it was fresh, but then what can you expect from Wasabi anything! Nevertheless, I was in a little corner of culinary heaven and all the necessary instruments were at hand to get every last morsel from the lobsters crevices and corners.
Chino Latino offers a real journey for the senses. A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all. We both learnt much about new combinations of food. A further endorsement, aside from my taste buds watering as I reminisce writing this article, was that unbeknownst to me, we were sat on a table next to my next door neighbour. Turns out she is a regular punter at Chino Latino who was having a very civilised last supper with her family before getting married the next day!
To discover more and book, visit: www.chinolatino.eu
By Benjy Barclay, Editor