Like a moth to a flame, I can’t help but be drawn to Soho when I am in London. Jam packed with dining treasures and hidden bars, it’s such a riotous place to go out. Shackfuyu was no exception. Part of the rock ‘n’ roll Japanese soul food group Bone Daddies, Shackfuyu was buzzing and every table was packed out even though it was past 10pm and some of the nearby restaurants were beginning to dwindle. A delayed flight into London meant I was hideously late to my reservation, but the staff was understanding and quickly found a spot for me and my friend. No fuss, no drama. This is the type of service I really appreciate.
After my long day of travelling and seeing as it was a good few hours past my usual dinner time, I was famished. We might have over-ordered somewhat, but it was difficult to choose because everything looked so tempting! As with most Asian kitchens, the dishes are designed for sharing. I have a weak spot for scallops, so we had a couple of the hand dived roasted scallops with chilli miso butter. My friend is a meat fiend and he was keen to try the Wagyu beef tartar and Korean chicken wings. Our waitress recommended the okonomiyaki-style prawn toast, soft-shell crab tempura and hot-stone rice and who were we to argue with such fine recommendations? All of this was washed down with some sake, white wine, and cocktails (Gini Hendrix; Peach & Mint Gimlet; Super Kawaii – quite possibly my favourite Japanese word). We were having a merry little time.
I have to tell you that the Wagyu beef tartar was to die for. The melt-in-your-mouth meat was nicely paired with peppered prawn crackers. I think our chopsticks clashed as we scrambled to get every last morsel. The prawn toast, soft-shell crab and Korean wings were equally divine, though please be warned that the wings are not for the fainthearted. They definitely had a kick!
The music was rocking, the place was humming and it was so much fun to catch up with a good friend. We both agreed that all the dishes were perfectly seasoned and we loved that the chefs did not hold back on the spices. Yes, its East-meets-West cooking but not the pared down and flavourless version.
After paying up, we skipped across the road and snuck into La Bodega Negra, an amazing Mexican cocktail bar hidden behind deceiving neon lights. It was the icing on the cake to a truly scrumptious dinner.
The Travel Nova’s verdict
Shackfuyu makes everything look effortless: exceptional service; delicious dishes bursting with flavour and an easy, fun vibe. I can see why this little pop-up became so popular that it became a permanent fixture on the Soho scene.
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14A Old Compton St | Soho | London W1D 4TJ | UK
*This post was sponsored by Shackfuyu. The views expressed are my own.