CM is the brainchild of Kurt Zdesar (founder of Ping Pong and director at Nobu). The restaurant focuses on Nikkei cooking, the union of Japanese and South American cuisines. This means we can expect a lot of raw food, punchy flavours (think yuzu, cilantro, lime), and a relatively healthy menu.
We ordered a few things off the menu at random selection.
The 8-piece sashimi selection (£19.75) is beautifully presented and the fish itself is gorgeous. Fresh, tender and absolutely delicious. Nothing like good produce to set off a good start to a meal.
The lomo a la parrilla (£21.95) looked incredible. This beef fillet is dressed in spicy teriyaki sauce and a pomegranate salsa.
The beef didn’t come rare as requested, but it wasn’t tough which made it tolerable. I had hoped for the teriyaki sauce to have a slight kick to it, but it was lost in the sharpness of the pomegranate salsa. This dish didn’t knock my socks off but it definitely has the potential to be awesome.
I opted for the bacalao negro aji miso (£24.95) simply because whenever this is on the menu, I am always curious if it would trump Roka’s. CM’s fish is cooked nicely but had too much sauce going on. That’s not to say it wasn’t tasty because it is, but I just prefer Roka’s.
The amount of octopus in the dish was very generous and it was cooked ever so tenderly. It was garnished with purple potato presented in pretty little dollops and mashed. My issue is that the yuzu overpowered the dish and it threw off the subtlety of the octopus.