Art Night London at Chino Latino

    A surreal, polka-dotted feast awaits guests at the award-winning Chino Latino in Vauxhall…

    To celebrate being London's Art Night official hotel partner, Pan-Asian restaurant Chino Latino created a menu based entirely on the works of Yayoi Kusama, interpreting some of her most famous and influential works as visually stunning and delicious dishes. This amazing five course menu began with an amuse bouche of beetroot, yuzu cream cheese and walnuts, decorated with a port reduction, followed by an incredible yellow squash soup that I can honestly say is one of the best things I've ever eaten!

    The signature dish of the night was the Surf and Turf Maki rolls, which converted this sushi-hater immediately. Soft rice is wrapped around lobster and avocado, topped with sirloin steak, with hand punched holes in the nori to create a polka dotted look! Sea Bass tiradito served on a bed of soaked chia seeds artfully represented Kusama's 'Infinity Nets', and was followed by the most gorgeous miso and black garlic cod, that totally surprised me, a self-confessed seafood avoider! Elegantly served with Jamaican corn, physalis and heirloom tomato salad and yellow peppers, this theatrically-presented course would have been the perfect end to any normal meal… but not here, as executive chef Werner Seebach had one last surprise up his sleeve.

    A few at a time, guests were whisked up to the 12th floor executive lounge where we were welcomed in to an immersive dessert experience! Polka dotted balloons and umbrellas hung from the ceiling, whilst the walls and table were lit with dotted projections. Not limiting themselves to traditional plating, Seebach and his team used the entire table to display the dessert elements, leaving guests to serve themselves from the array of truffles, macarons, mousses and meringue shapes available. This unexpected element was a brilliant conversation starter, which even got us famously-unfriendly Londoners to start chatting to eachother! Plates in hand, we made our way back to the lounge to enjoy our desserts whilst watching the sun set over the Thames, making the perfect end to a theatrical meal.

    Immersive dessert room at @chinolatinoeu

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