Bone Daddies Shackfuyu, Soho
I don’t know many people who’ve been to one of the Bone Daddies restaurants (Flesh and Buns, Bone Daddies Ramen) and not loved them. They do Asian food (with modern twists) so so well. So I was delighted when they opened Shackfuyu, a year long pop up specialising in modern day Japanese and Korean food, a few months ago in good old Soho.
Don’t be put off by their no reservation policy, Shackfuyu isn’t one of those cramped Soho spaces a la the Smoking Goat (as much as I liked it), where if there’s a queue you’d better be prepared to wait for an hour or two. From the outside it looks deceptively small, but it’s actually a huge space, where you don’t feel like you’re sitting on your neighbour’s lap. They’ve painted the walls a bright green, with Japanese scrawls in white, in keeping with the theme.
But this isn’t about the interior of the place, or even the atmosphere. Come here for the food (and perhaps one of their strong, pre-made cocktails) and you will not be disappointed. It’s all about ordering lots of small plates, and the relatively low prices mean you can go fairly crazy when ordering.
My favourites were:
* Aubergine with bubu arare. I don’t even really like aubergine, but this sticky, sweet and unbelievably delicious dish was my favourite.
* USDA beef picanha with kimchee tare butter. Wow, melt in the mouth, perfectly pink beef in a Korean sauce.
* Prawn toast masquerading as okonomiyaki. Not for the calorie counters amongst us, this deep fried, utterly heavenly toast with prawns and mayo is a must-order.
* Yellowtail sashimi tostada with avocado shisho. Perfect sushi with a kick.
* Korean wings. Spicy and super messy (not ideal for a date), but delicious.
Just writing about the above makes my mouth water. And this leads me on perfectly to desert. They only have one option, but it’s possibly the most instagrammed desert of the year. The Kinako fresh toast with soft serve green tea ice cream is the perfect indulgence after this glutinous meal. It tastes as good as it looks.
If Shackfuyu will only be here for a year (I’m hoping it will prove so popular that it will stay), then make sure you visit it ASAP.
14A Old Compton Street