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Chino Latino

1 April 10 words: Jared Wilson
A regular winner at the Nottingham Restaurant Awards – as you’ll note by the trophies on display as you walk into its seductively-lit entrance
Chino Latino

Chino Latino is a regular winner at the Nottingham Restaurant Awards – as you’ll note by the trophies on display as you walk into its seductively-lit entrance and gaze across the rich, sumptuous, none-more trendy dark wood-studded surroundings. But is it all decorish fur coat and no culinary knickers?

After a glass of Valle Andino Merlot (£5) and Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV (£8.50), we perused the menu. If you’re thinking that the menu is a mish-mash of Chinese and Latin influences, don’t panic; this place specializes in pan-Asian cuisine, and it does it incredibly well. The sushi-style Chino Latino roll (£10) melded shredded duck with hoi sin sauce, cucumber and onion, while the scallops flavoured with XO sauce and Thai basil (£10) made a perfect entrée.

We followed that with the chicken satay rolls with peanut sauce (£8) and the vegetable tempura, consisting of sweet potato, aubergine, courgette and red pepper in a crispy batter (£8). You can see why this place has gained a serious reputation for its tempura - the vegetables were fresh, sweet and beautifully coated.

We tried the black cod (£22) as our first shared main; a big smooth and rich scallop, dressed with crispy prawns and sweet miso which gave the cod a honeyed taste. We also went for the sirloin steak (£22), still sizzling from its session on the hot rocks and served with sweet potato chips and wasabi ponzu. Steak is probably the barometer of a restaurant’s abilities – so it’s no surprise that this place wins awards. It was succulent and melted in the mouth.

At this point we were already full, but in the interests of food journalism we tried Chino’s dessert platter (£12), which offered a small taste of pretty much everything: Crème Brulee, vanilla shortbread, various fruit to dip into a chocolate sauce and ginger ice cream. If you’re a dessert fiend, then you’ll melt at this stuff!

No getting ‘round it: you’re looking at £50 a head if you dine here, an amount reserved for payday or special occasions. But there’s also no getting ‘round the fact that Chino Latino is worth it, with its ambitious yet faultless menu, classy environment and intimate surroundings. It’s also the perfect place for a more refined booze sesh, with an extensive wine list that goes up all the way to Cristal. This is one Chino that will never go out of style.

41 Maid Marian Way, NG1 6GD. 0115 947 7444
Chino Latino website

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