SHAKFUYU, SOHO

I’ve been wanting to visit Shackfuyu for a while now.

It’s a 12 month “extended pop-up”, based in Soho and created by the team behind Bone Daddies and Flesh & Buns.

The food is a fantastic mix of East meets West, and looked amaaaazing in all the photos I’d seen. So when Vicky from Dalton-Banks and I were deciding where to go on our first blogger date last week, it seemed the obvious choice.

What better way to avoid the evening #TubeStrike hell than new friends, good food and a couple of cocktails, right?

Shackfuyu Bone Daddies

Shackfuyu Bone Daddies

We started the night off with cocktails: a classic iced margarita for Vicky, and the Ringo Starr for me.

Mine involved gin, sake and apple juice and came served in a cute little Alice-in-Wonderland-type bottle. I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but actually it was surprisingly refreshing and really yummy!

We turned down the offer of edamame beans and went straight to the main event:

Shackfuyu Bone Daddies

Shackfuyu Bone Daddies

Korean fried wings.

Sweet, sticky, and with an afterburn that KILLED.

The chicken was super tender, and they were generously sprinkled with sesame seeds that gave a really nice crunch too.

These were absolutely amazing. Very much recommend!

Shackfuyu Bone Daddies

Prawn toast masquerading as okonomiyaki.

OK so I had to Google okonomiyaki… (I also had to copy and paste the spelling. Sorrynotsorry.) It’s basically kind of like a Japanese pizza. Sort of.

The Shackfuyu version featured crunchy toast on the bottom, topped with delicious prawns and drizzled with some kind of tomato-based sauce and a creamy Japanese mayo and WHO CARES IT WAS DELICIOUS.

I’ve read really opposing reviews of this dish. I think it’s kinda like Marmite: you either love it or you hate it.

And we were 99% in the love it camp.

Our only criticism was the bonito flakes sprinkled on top (basically dried fermented tuna and yes, it tastes as horrid as it sounds.)

Take the weird fish flakes off and you have a FLAWLESS prawn toast dish!

Shackfuyu Bone Daddies

Aubergine marinated in miso and topped with crispy seaweed and puffed rice crackers (arare, if you want to get technical).

This was another favourite. The aubergine was soft and paired beautifully with the crunchy seaweed, and the miso dressing was sticky and absolutely YUM.

Big thumbs up.

Shackfuyu Bone Daddies

Picanha Beef with Kimchee Butter Sauce That Will Make You Cry Because it’s so Beautiful.

(FYI that’s what the dish should actually be called…)

The beef is a cut popular in Brazil and is super tender and yummy. Shackfuyu’s version is marinated in kimchee butter and then cooked in the giant pizza oven they inherited from the building’s last owners.

It’s then topped with pickles and spring onions, ready for you to dig your fork into it and moan inappropriately at how good it is.

Seriously. Order the beef, OK? Just do it.

You can thank me later.

Shackfuyu Bone Daddies

Something else you NEED to order? The Instagram-famous kinako french toast with matcha green tea softserve ice-cream.

You’ve never had a dessert like this before. Honestly, you haven’t.

The french toast is sprinkled with Japanese kinako flour and is served hot, perfectly crunchy on the outside and deliciously squidgy on the inside.

The ice-cream is delicate but perfectly flavoured, with the earthy notes of the tea perfectly pairing with the sweet French toast…

I know. I’m sorry. I sound so pretentious trying to describe it.

But honest to God it’s one of the best desserts I’ve had in a very, very long time.

Vicky and I are already planning our return for this dish alone!!!

Shackfuyu Bone Daddies

We finished off with a couple more cocktails: Bone Daddies rum punch for Vicky and a cherry-vodka-sake combo for me.

Not quite as nice as my gin and apple, but I’ll take it!

The decor is simple but colourful, with jade green walls and Chinese characters graffitied over them. The waitresses were friendly and helpful and quick to point out their favourite dishes and drinks for us.

Overall, I really, reaaaally liked this place.

It’d be a perfect date spot, and equally good as a place to sit and catchup with friends over a couple of drinks and sharing dishes.

So what are you waiting for?

Didn’t I tell you to go order that beef already??

(And if you fancy bringing me some, I wouldn’t say no…)

SHACKFUYU (BONE DADDIES)

14a OLD COMPTON STREET
LONDON
W1D 4TJ

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  • All of the food that you ordered looks so delicious!! Especially the French toast and matcha green tea ice cream!!

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  • Hi there, Omg i want to go there now! The food look amazing. I might visit this weekend. xx

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  • Siobhan Rothwell

    This looks so yummy!! My belly is rumbling already

    x
    http://www.siobhanlrothwell.wordpress.com

  • I love okonomiyaki! I have to try this place, looks delicious.

    Anne-Sophie – City Cookie x

  • ninegrandstudent

    So desperate to try some of these places – I have a list as long as my LEG of where I want to eat this summer…x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • I’m so jealous. I would love all of this stuff, but sadly I’ve already checked and nothing they make is coeliac friendly. :(

    Aisling | aisybee.

  • YUM! Your blog posts always have me googling the nearest restaurant like it and running out to stuff my face, haha!

    Beautyosaurus Lex

  • reneejessome

    Everything looks so so good! Would love to try that ice cream!

    Renee | Lose The Road

  • Oh my gosh everything looks so delicious, I’m getting hungry!

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  • Jennie / Scarletscorchdroppers

    Every time I read any of your restaurant reviews i just wish that i lived in London so i could eat ALL OF THE FOOD. Everything looks so good. I want to slurp up that matcha soft serve with a straw!

    Jennie // Scarletscorchdroppers

    xx

  • Omgosh, those wings look so good!! :) I also love the look of that cocktail!!

    Tara x

  • Why did I read this post first thing in the morning?! Dying…… so hungry…. x

    • Seriously guys. You know this about me now. WHY DO YOU KEEP DOING IT TO YORUSELVES HAHA?? <3

  • megsiobhan

    I always seem to read your posts when I’m feeling a bit peckish…
    This all looks SO GOOD.

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  • Kirsty Haynes

    Yes to all of this. Just yes. So much yes. (Jeez, would you just look at it all?!) *Gurgles like Homer Simpson*

    Kirsty | blessedby

    x

  • Ala

    Well all of this looks absolutely divine! Brilliant post x

    • Thanks lovely one! Can we meet up for dinner or something soon please? Possibly a triple date with @amandadales:disqus? xx

  • Sara Nielsen

    The food looks amazing! Would love to eat there!

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  • Ok I will sound like the absolute party pooper but I went there with my friend but we just weren’t impressed for some reason hahaha! I think we tried the same things you guys did and we were slightly underwhelmed… I think partly due to all the hype surrounding it :p I liked the green tea ice cream but the French toast was a very strange dish in all! oh my I didn’t mean to make this sound like a downer but I’m glad you enjoyed it though :D

    Cherie x
    sinonym

  • I have no idea how you pronounce or spell the Japanese pizza thing, but I need it in my life! The dessert looks and sounds amazing too :) xx

    Toasty

  • OH, THE FRENCH TOAST!!!! Just thinking about the waffles at Bruench…. there is a theme here! haha. xx

  • I WANT TO GO TO SHACKFUYU SO BAD!!!! Why do we live in this horrible city with so many amazing restaurants and not enough time to visit them all imminently? :'( I NEED the beef and kimchee butter in my life, and that French toast looks so dreamyyyyyyy. Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • You find the best foodie places I swear. Drooling over here. I need to try that dessert ASAP! xx

    Hannah x hannatalks