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gluten free chotto matte

Japanese Meets Peruvian at Chotto Matte, Soho

Chotto Matte is a Japanese restaurant, grill and sushi bar fusing traditional clean lines with a grungy Tokyo style. Sounds weird, right? But go with it. It’s good. The Soho restaurant is causing a bit of a stir at the moment, meaning it’s near impossible to get a table unless you want to eat really early (like a child) or really late (like an alcoholic). However, if you’re lucky and turn up on a whim mid-week you might be able to squeeze in at the sushi bar or take a pew beside the robata grill, where you can watch the masterful chefs at work. We headed to Chotto Matte for an after-work dinner and were really pleased with the huge selection of gluten-free dishes on offer. Not only that, the waiters were incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, so we were assured that almost any dish could be tweaked to make it gluten-free. Full marks. Now the food is expensive, we’ve got to admit, but it’s definitely worth the hefty price tag. We tucked into the …

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Flesh and Buns, Covent Garden

Fancy Japanese food with a side order of deafening rock music? Head to Flesh and Buns, a brand new and very edgy eatery in Covent Garden. The man behind the madness is Ross Shonhan, who is also responsible for rock and roll ramen restaurant Bone Daddies. His latest offering has done the impossible in London – by creating something totally unique, that really works! There’s a bar to one end of the restaurant serving a good old cocktail list too. And sake, nut that’s nonsense. I tried the Pomegranate & Lychee Martini. At first it was very good but then became too sweet for my liking. If you’ve got a real sweet tooth though that’s the one for you. The restaurant is dark, loud and on a Friday night was absolutely buzzing. You’re seated at a gigantic long table if you come as a two, though, which did make it a bit difficult to have a conversation. Much shouting ensued. The menu’s all about hirata buns, but that’s not all they do. There’s also sushi …

Teriyaki Chicken Donburi

Wagamama, London Bridge

If you’re looking to pay restaurant prices to eat in a canteen at vastly different times to your companions you’ll love Wagamama, an inexplicably popular Japanese style eatery where the food comes in vats and you are sometimes expected to eat using an actual ladle. The menu at Wagamama mostly centers around noodles in their various guises. Noodles in sauce (soggy noodles), noodles in soup (very soggy noodles) or the rather avant garde noodles in no sauce (not at all soggy noodles). There are also rice based things which seem to involve big piles of rice topped with a hat of questionable meat and a few uninspiring vegetables. On my visit I tried the Teriyaki Chicken Donburi. I needn’t have bothered. The highlight of the dish was the industrial sized bowl of rice which sat beneath the meat and had no discernible faults. The meat had an unusual charred taste and rubber like texture which made it an actual chore to eat. I wish it had never happened. Little brother went with the seafood ramen, which he …