Food was awesome, we did Japanese dishes! We had the beef on hot rocks, scallops and a sidedish: all were perfectly cooked!
The service was great as well, the waiter was very professional, friendly and did some recommendations from the menu which we had. An all those recommendations were spot on!
As other reviews already stated the lighting is very weird, sometimes confusing and could turn your dining experience in an LSD trip. The discolights (changing color every 15 sec) make your food look like wine gums.. (but that depends on where you sit in the restaurant)
I'll be back when ending up in Leeds, which I think is probably not going to happen anytime soon..
Bad, real bad.
Tries to be oh so stylish with it's cave like lighting... but it isn't, and the color changing lights make your food look like it's pulsating with maggots.
The food was crap, had small portions and was overpriced - maybe if you went there at lunch it might be cheaper, but evening a la carte was eh eh eh expensiveeee! We asked what was in one of the deserts and they said.... 'let me just check the packet'
I think that was it, the range of cuisines they offer under 'asian' and 'south american' force them to cut corners and use readymeals, certainly tasted like it.
Go to Melati City instead, a takeaway that does the best chinese in leeds (try the salt and pepper beancurd)
I've not yet ventured so far as to eat here, but I have been upstairs for drinks. On the advice of 'the best mojito in town' I decided to take a friend along to test that statement. As you enter the ominous opening at the bottom and ascend the stairs you would be forgiven for thinking that upstairs was some terrible dive of a bar, where danger could be lurking.
But no, quite the opposite. I was confronted with a rather glitzy bar area, the air of posh all around, and customers wearing distinctly dressier garments than the effective rags I now felt I was draped in. Embarrassment. My friend held similar sentiments. Anyway, off to the bar we trot. I ordered a rasberry mojito, which was the advised drink of choice, and my friend something with a star fruit in it. The mojito was not in fact the best mojito in Leeds. It was slightly too sour, very weak and not very rasberry. Perhaps I had a bad bar tender. My friend's mysterious cocktail was interesting - we mostly enjoyed the star fruit to be honest.
So, having been relieved of nearly £15 we vacated, aware of the eyes looking down their noses at our tatty jeans, as we descended the stairs and on into the night. I haven't, needless to say, paid Chino Latino a secondary visit.
The odds don't look great for Chino Latino - both the Chinese and pizza restaurants to the left of it have shut down, seemingly without a whimper. And looking from the street, Chino Latino doesn't give off the impression of being very 'open' either.
Oh, but it is. Chino Latino is the place to go if you like Asian food. Not specifically Indian, not specifically Chinese, not specifically Japanese - Pan-Asian, you know? No? Me neither. But I like it.
The decor is gloomy, like the front, but it works. Kind of. The subtle lighting gives Chino Latino an almost glamorous feel, a restaurant that makes you feel like you could be anywhere in the world. That's special.
It sounds like it's going to be an italian/chinese mix, but it's not. Chino Latino is very very swish and swanky and funky inside - all black and red and white, a bit like the eighties, with a noughties twist.
I don't know where I was going with that.
Expect to pay city centre prices though - a sushi platter to share comes in at about £12, which is reasonable, but a full on night out including drinks came to £170 (including tip), which is a hell of a lot to spend, but considering it included a couple of bottles of wine and enough beer to keep us there all night it's not too bad in context.
Worth a trip if you like your oriental food - the staff are very helpful and accommodating if you need a hand with ordering (I get confused sometimes, I am a bit simple when it comes to fancy pants dining). But remortgage your house first if you plan on making a night of it.
My other half knows that I'm partial to a bit of Pan-Asian food so he booked a table at Chino Latino as a bit of a treat. As he rightly pointed out the name does sound like a dreadful 80s boy band but I was excited to give it a go.
The building itself doesn't have much in the way of 'kerb appeal' but is clearly designed to suggest an exclusive, glitzy venue that only those in the know would seek out. It's a big space and, probably because we went mid-week, did not feel overcrowded. There was a mixed clientele ranging from small groups to business travellers from the Park Plaza hotel dining either alone with their BlackBerries or in pairs.
At the start of the evening the service was perfectly attentive (although our waitress did express surprise at my choice of ordering a sashimi platter as a main course) but when a large party were seated later on it was clear that their focus was distracted.
The food itself was really very good with our scallops and soft-shell crab starters near-perfect and my sashimi platter was of good quality and very tasty. My other half ordered the Black Cod that, in the right hands, can be utterly sublime. In this case it just fell short.
There was a decent wine list and varied cocktail menu but my Stem Ginger Champagne cocktail lacked sparkle, which I sadly have to say sums up Chino Latino in general. The fixtures and fittings are no longer as sleek as they once were and, on admittedly cold night, the floor was conspicuous with industrial space heaters.
All in all the Chino Latino experience put me in mind of a glossy party girl about town who was has sadly passed her prime.
Now appearances can be deceptive. I know this because I look like a page three stunner but have the intelligence and depth of a Nobel Peace Prize winning scholar. Yep, tis true. Well maybe not, but from the outside Chino Latino doesn't look much. Wander into its brave new world though and you'll find a quite lovely eating establishment with good food.
Funky décor and under lit, it provides hungry mouths with morsels of the modern pan Asian cuisine. Now I'm not too sure what that is supposed to mean, but to you and me it's tasty dim sum and the like.
Take your pick from tempura, meat, seafood, silion steak, sushi and a large dash of the kick ass wasabi (if you like it mean and green).
You can also go in there is you want to chill out with a cocktail or two and have a few pre party drinks to help you on your way. Indeed, take advantage of the Mojito Thursdays (I know I certainly do) and quaff a cocktail for under four squid, job is a good one sir. You'll also get live music at times and good service to boot.
Went here for New Years Eve. It was my first visit and upon entering I was very pleased. the interior is great and funky, perfect for a new years eve meal. Cocktails to start were gorgeous (probably needed a double shot of vodka but that's probably me being an alki!)
The New Yrs set menu was a taster menu so abit of everything Never tried sushi before so was abit apprehensive but actually liked it!
The chili squid was amazing! And beef fillet was cooked to perfection. The food just kept coming! Not that I'd complain!
And the dessert well WOW! it came on this platter and the waiter poured something over it and it was looked amazing (something that looked like it had come out of Heston's restaurant!)
Price was very very reasonable for a new yrs set menu. Not sure what daily prices are like though.
Overall a great experience and we are returning in a few weeks with friends who have never been!
Ya, leave behind a wishful thinking about pleasant treat in the midst of a city. Trendy interior does not add taste to greasy, hastily prepared meals with far too much egg in all vegetarian part of it. Oils used for frying taste like they are reused quite heavily. At the price charged you can expect at least some fresh peanut oil to be spared per order.
Miso is really salty!!! Coriander rice tastes fried egg and grease, not a scent of spice.
Don't expect much from Pad Thai: nothing of a classical spice combination. Vegetarian sushi are simply too raw (it's not fun to try to chew raw eggplant, believe me).
Sorry to say, but our family evening party was ruined because of so poorly prepared meal. We did not get the value for our money.
Chino Latino is my favourite restaurant in Leeds! It might be expensive but look for discounts, you can sign up to twitter and follow them or on facebook (they do sometimes 40%). I swear, I never had better food in my life! Fried squid, inside-out chicken wings, sushi those are my favourite starters! For main I usually go for duck or lamb. The best part is the desserts though! Lyche or mango ice cream.. chocolate fondant cake.. mmm... And the staff is extremely helfpul with choosing if you are confused. I remember my first visit, I was stressed because I have never dined in Asian restaurant before. The waiter just chose for me :) I love this place.
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