New hot pot spot Charco Charco has opened on St. Martin’s Lane, offering Londoner’s East Asian dishes, cocktails and premium sake over its two floors.
Following on from Charco Charco’s more Japanese-focused Holborn eatery, the new restaurant from Asian food supplier Leo Jin is primarily a celebration of hot pot cooking, with each table equipped with a burner capable of heating enough broth for two-to-four people. Prices start at £30 and varying depending on which ingredients are chosen. Customers can choose which broth/s they wish to start with, the ingredients they want to cook (ranging from abalone and chicken feet to Japanese wagyu and tripe) and which herbs, condiments and sauces they wish to add. The house special hot pots sound perfect for those who aren’t squeamish and appreciate delicious ingredients that too often overlooked in British cooking, such as frog legs and fish heads.
Furthermore, here is a sushi counter, offering the likes of dragon rolls, oysters with caviar and wagyu with truffle. Additionally, the menu has several Chinese street food dishes, including prawn wontons in mushroom soup.
The sake selection covers a range of price points, from Gokai (£9.80 for 300 millilitres) to Dassai 23 (£158 for 720ml). There is also Japanese whisky, cocktails, mocktails and an inexpensive wine offering bottles under £30, as well as by-the-glass sales.
A 40-cover private dining room is also available.
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