Restaurant Review: Chino Latino, Vauxhall in London
Capacious, sexy and sleek, Chino Latino on London’s Embankment fits the bill as a sophisticated urban space serving modern pan-Asian dishes. Moody tones and reflective surfaces, each evening the desirable space is filled with live jazz performances from their Latin cocktail bar. With a recent renovation, it boasts enviable views over the Thames and Westminster beyond which effectively complement a new modern fusion menu.
Curated and headed up by Executive Group Chef Werner Seebach whose experience is rooted in the well known Roka collection as well as London’s famous Sushi Samba; the quality of dining here from the outside in, is expected to be nothing than top notch. Playing with flavours from across South America, drawing in particularly on Peruvian and Japanese influences, the dishes on this delightfully creative menu are all (as most seem to be these days) designed for sharing.
Easing diners into the theme of this South American and Asian amalgamation, Chef Seebach displays his many years of experience with a popular Japanese line up, featuring dim sum, raw selections, sashimi and sushi which is also made to order at Chino Latino’s in house sushi and sashimi bar. Meanwhile, if we move focus back to the South American continent – tiradito, ceviche and taquitos, dishes take their place on this contemporary but exotic listing. These particularly include cone taquitos with fillings such as Wagyu beef, lobster and vegetables; anticucho – a Wagyu beef flank skewer, watermelon and tuna ceviche with toasted Peruvian corn, tarragon and lime as well as sea bass tiradito with coriander leche de tigre, chia seeds and borage flowers.
The ‘Rengin’ Chino tasting menu available to diners at £49 per person for a minimum of two, boasts the pinnacle of culinary potential at Chino Latino. Divided into maki rolls and salads, small dishes, main dishes followed by a dessert platter (inspired by Roka no doubt), this tasting menu highlights the very best from the kitchen; resulting in a colourful procession of plates, each complementing the next.
Other aspects of Chef Seebach’s new menu include slow-cooked prime beef short ribs with teriyaki sauce as well as sous vide salmon wrapped in shiso leaves. Elaborately listed with modern techniques are individual desserts such as Dulce de Leche with purple Peruvian potato cake and Solbeso foam, hot yoghurt cake with mango sorbet and coconut foam, Yuzu cream sugar bulb with mini meringue and Champagne granite; all presented as elegantly as they are described.
A veritable showcase of South American tipples, the Latino influence truly awakens in their selection of signature cocktails. These act as a guide to spirits such as Agaves (Tequila, Mezcal), Cachaças, Rums and Bourbons with emphasis on Latin American ingredients including guavas, kiwis, passion fruits and limes. Choose to sip from ‘The Rum Re-Fashioned’, ‘Chilli and Ginger Caiprinha’ and the ‘Elderflower and Mint Margarita’.
Pin pointing the flavours of South America, with attention to Peruvian and Asian culinary characteristics, this deliciously creative new sharing menu champions modern and stylish dining with exotic touches. Undoubtedly crowd-pleasing, Chino Latino delivers dishes and cocktails that are consistently of a high-quality, delicately presented and that celebrate this collection of diverse culinary influences together as one.
Address: Chino Latino: 18 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TJ, 02077692500, chinolatino.eu/London