Test Driving Chotto Matte from Restaurant Box - knocking up a Nikkei feast in your own kitchen

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chotto at home restaurant boxThe Chotto at Home Signature box as it comes.

So this is Chotto Matte's signature meal kit?

Yes, the Peruvian/Japanese Chotto Matte in Soho has always been a favourite of Hot Dinners readers and this is their main at-home meal kit, making it super easy for you to recreate some of the restaurant's hero dishes in the comfort of your own home. This kit features seven of those signature dishes, for two people. 

And it's available on Restaurant Box?

It is indeed. You can find the box here, along with everything you need to know, including the full menu, how to prepare each course and a full video guide. 

How clear are the instructions?

Pretty clear. There's a useful list of equipment that you'll need - from martini glasses for the dessert through to what temperature the oven will need to be at. The video is by Chotto Matte owner Kurt Zdesar and Group Executive Chef Jordan Sclare where they take you through each dish step by step. All the packets are clearly marked and there's a mix of dishes you need to make and those you just need to heat up or plate. Here's the video run-through:

What kind of food is it?

Chotto Matte specialises in Nikkei cuisine - 'the marriage of Japanese and Peruvian fare.

Here's how it all came out:

chotto at home restaurant boxPadron Peppers in den miso - an easy dish, just fry the padron peppers - their swap in for Japanese shishito peppers - and stir in the miso once the peppers are all nice and blistered.

chotto at home restaurant boxNikkei sashimi - you can make this a little ahead of dinner, slicing the yellowtail and then tossing it with onion, tomatoes and coriander, pouring over the truffle yuzu soy and topping with purple potato chips. This was gorgeous.

chotto at home restaurant boxPollo Picante - roasted chicken thighs brushed with causa and red and yellow anticucho sauces served on a bed of green cause (an easy warm in the bag job).

chotto at home restaurant boxBlack Cod Aji Miso with a Chili Miso Marinade, yuzu and chives - comparing our black cod to the one in the video we weren't sure whether it should have had more of the miso marinade on it, but it tasted great when it was roasted.

chotto at home restaurant boxAsado De Tira - slow Cooked BBQ Beef served with a purple potato purée and teriyaki jus and chives. All that was needed here was to warm the two pouches of puree and beef and combine. Handy to have someone else go to all the effort of cooking that beef into submission for our enjoyment.

chotto at home restaurant boxChocolate crema with dulce de leche - this comes in a piping bag so all you need to do is find a nice glass to serve it in (they recommend a martini glass), assemble and then put back in the fridge until you're ready to start eating.

Overall thoughts:

This is the kind of kit we enjoy. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of cooking a cuisine you might not be familiar with and the results were both easy to achieve and pleasingly attractive on the plate. The standard kit would certainly elevate your weekday supper rotation while the nikkei box is perfect for a special occasion.


Chotto Matte with Restaurant Box

How to order: The kit is £80 for two and can be delivered on either a Wednesday or Friday making them handy if you fancy a nice mid-week meal. The ingredients can be kept in the fridge for two days if you'd prefer to make this a special dinner at the weekend. 

How to order: Order here

Find out more: Visit the Restaurant Box website or follow Chotto Matte on Instagram @chottomatteofficial.

Hot Dinners were sent this box as a gift by Chotto Matte and this is a sponsored feature for Restaurant Box. Prices correct at time of publication.


More about Restaurant Box

More about Restaurant BoxRestaurant Box brings together the very best boxes from the UK's top chefs all in one place. From meal-kits to simple finish-at-home boxes, they've teamed up with an impressive roster of chefs and restaurants.

They'll make it easy for you to find the box that's right for you, and will hold your hand through every step of the process, from cookalongs to video wine pairings. 

Find out more about Restaurant Box

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