Chotto Matte

By: Rebecca Charur

It's time we gave London a round of applause. I mean so far they've given us one of the greatest sports, two dashing princes, and One Direction. Throw in a couple of pretty great new names in Miami's food scene like Novikov and Chotto Matte, and you've got a standing ovation from me.

Located along an Art Deco alley off Lincoln Road and behind a sliding door, Chotto Matte is exceeding expectations, serving up Nikkei cuisine with a colorful lineup of sushi and sashimi, anticuchos and multiple tasting menus.

If you're in the market for a hot date spot, this is your place. Begin the night at the bar situated underneath a retractable roof, where you'll find an impressive display of cocktails that are not only gorgeous and delicious, but STRONG.

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Let me paint a picture of the rest of the evening for you: Once you're nice and liq'ed up, make your way to the table while taking in the wynwood-esque art painted on seemingly every inch of the restaurant (Insider tip: Don't forget to check out the bathroom for more art).

At the table, the food is no different than the art, serving as a bold and contemporary fusion of cultures. And to get a complete taste of these unique dishes, I'd opt for one of the three tasting menus that range from $50-$75 per person. Here were some of my favorite plates from these tasting menus:  

 Tostadita

Tostadita

 Bacalao negro aji miso

Bacalao negro aji miso

 Warm beef fillet tataki

Warm beef fillet tataki

 Chotto ceviche

Chotto ceviche

 Nikkei Sashimi

Nikkei Sashimi

So go ahead and bring your date to Chotto Matte. If you don't bring her, someone else will (RIP Gerorge's).