If there’s one thing I could eat every day, it's sushi. From avocado maki to tuna nigiri and signature spider rolls, the rice-based dish is just oh-so-tasty. However, let’s be real; sushi can come at a hefty price tag. Just a few rolls add up after a while and I'm not looking to break the bank for all my sushi outings – enter Chino Latino. I spotted the venue's unlimited sushi deal on TikTok and instantly wanted to try it, so when the opportunity popped up to visit the Vauxhall location, I snatched it up.
Housed within the Park Plaza hotel, the Pan-Asian restaurant fronts a Latin cocktail bar, as well as stunning riverside views. Boasting gorgeous floral décor by the entrance, a live DJ, and sleek leather seating, this was by no means your run-of-the-mill buffet. There were a handful of stations to check out, with spreads of sushi, dumplings and even a simmering pot of miso soup at the end.
My friend and I sat down and kicked off with a couple of cocktails. We both opted for the passionfruit martinis (£7.50) - a nice mix of fruity flavours exuded by notes of vanilla. Faultless in my opinion. After we polished off our drinks, we decided to go with the venue’s unlimited sushi brunch (£40 per person), available every Sunday. Along with the buffet, you can choose a main hot plate, so we went for crispy duck pancakes, which were accompanied by thinly sliced cucumbers and spring onion. As it was a DIY dish, we both enjoyed dunking our mini duck wraps in a zesty hoisin sauce.
Finally, I sauntered off to the buffet to load up my first plate or what I called 'round one'. Filled with colder options, my favourite was hands down the salmon sashimi. Each slab was fresh and encompassed a melt-in-your-mouth texture. A few other highlights included the savoury and fresh seared tuna nigiri and the iceberg salad – which in theory sounds very boring. However, the chunks of lettuce were covered in a scrumptious wafu dressing and sesame seeds, elevating it from your plain Jane salad.
As for some of the hot plates we snagged during 'round two', I really enjoyed the pork and prawn siu mai – a decadent dumpling that had plump prawns encased in the wrapping while the fried gyozas were a nice contrast in comparison. To be honest, everything was pretty top-notch. The only dish that didn't hit the spot 100%? The duck bao bun, which was basically just a doughy ball with barely any filling inside each morsel.
By this point, my stomach was filled to the brim but we just had to grab a third plate of our favourite bites to share - it was a buffet after all. And then the sleepiness hit very quickly. After fully accepting my slumber state, I finished the evening off with an espresso martini (£7.50), which gave me the caffeine fix I so desperately needed.
The DesignMyNight Digest
Chino Latino’s London bottomless brunch is up there with some of the best buffets I’ve been to. For £40 per person, you can wolf down a nice mix of hot and cold dishes for a couple of hours. Ideal for weekend brunches and catch-ups with friends, the venue also brings Latin vibes from their top-notch DJ playing throughout your experience. And I mean endless sushi? It’s safe to say I’ll be back for more (and next time with looser trousers maybe).
💰 The damage: £110 for bottomless brunch and cocktails, plus service charge.
📍 The location: Park Plaza Riverbank, 18 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TJ.
👌 Perfect for: Weekend brunch with pals.
⭐ Need to know: A seat by the window makes for cute pics by the Thames.