I have a friend who jokes that I don’t travel out of zone 1 (it is a joke as I live in zone 2!) so when I discovered Chino Latino is located near Vauxhall tube I thought I would prove her wrong and travel to zone 2 south of the river. I’m glad I did.
Chino Latino is just inside the Riverbank Park Plaza, a good size restaurant with dark sophisticated decor. We were very well looked after by our waiter who guided us through an extensive menu. The menu is Pan-Asian cuisine (with a Latin cocktail bar hence its title) and the choice is huge with lots of dishes to share. However, my guest Linda wasn’t veggie so we chose not to share (not a problem as we were both starving!).
My starter was a beautiful, delicate beetroot salad served in columns, the slices of beetroot held together by soft yuzu cream cheese balanced on a port reduction. Linda had the marinated blowtorched salmon that looked stunning and she said delicious. I then had vegetable tempura with a dipping sauce, the tempura was crispy and not at all greasy, the dipping sauce was a perfect accompaniment. Linda had the crab, scallop and mushroom soup dumplings, a little baffled at first as there was no soup, however when she bit into them she found that underneath the crab at the top the sauce was inside the dumpling, how clever!
My main was tofu cubes with panko bread crumbs and jasmine rice, I know not everyone is a tofu lover (my friend wasn’t but did take a bite, I may have found a convert…), but I enjoyed it and was super stuffed, Linda’s beef fillet salad came piled high like a small mountain on a plate with lime and coriander rice on the side. Desserts were her three-way Latte – coffee brulee, iced milk and whiskey foam (she only offered a teaspoon of her whiskey foam so clearly that was a success!) and I had a chocolate fondant and very pleased to report that it was oozy and chocolatey in all the right places… A very delicious bottle of rose saw us through. Fabulous service with extremely well presented and flavoursome food.
An ideal place for a professional lunch or dinner and well worth taking you away from the usual zone 1 regular spots, don’t you think?