Art Night London is full of amazing opportunities to see creative spaces and experience culture in new ways. This year, Chino Latino’s Executive Chef, Werner Seebach, curated a meal inspired by the Japanese artist: Yayoi Kusama.
Chino Latino has amazing views over the River Thames and sits on the first floor of the Park Plaza hotel near Lambeth Bridge. It’s a part of the City that we have tended to overlook for culinary adventures and we are rarely convinced by hotel restaurants. But this may be about to change.
The restaurant manager, Tighearnan, welcomed us with a glass of Prosecco and the five course menu. Each course was inspired, and named, after one of Kusama’s art works.
Chino Latino’s ambience is modern and airy. The dining room and bar are flooded with natural light. As the restaurant is on the first floor of the Park Plaza, diners might get nigglingly reminded that they’re in a hotel. But this is soon forgotten by the live music, views of Parliament and delicious food.
Taste, presentation and creativity were the hallmarks of the evening. The amuse bouche of beetroot, yuzu cream, port reduction and walnuts had excellent texture and flavours.
As the string of appetising dishes began to come, we were particularly impressed by the first arrival – a Thai butternut soup with a crispy wafer – and the third course – black cod, aji amarillo miso marinade, black garlic and yellow pepper. The soup contained the right amount of spice and garlic to captivate the taste buds, whilst the cod melted in the mouth; this fish was on point.
Chef Werner had been preparing the menu for over a month. The attention to detail was spot on, but his pièce de résistance for Kusama inspired food-art was dessert: polka egg, watermelon spheres and dotty macaroons. This was served in a separate space on the 12th floor. Personally, we liked the main courses more and this may have been down to ambience – we would have preferred to enjoy these at our table with the live music and not cut the meal in two.
We would never have considered to head west to the Park Plaza for dinner but found ourselves extremely impressed by quality food and positive staff. Once in the restaurant, it felt like we had left the hotel behind and that the chef was taking us on a creative journey.
Live music, river views, impressive food. 8.5/10