One of our favourite pop-up restaurants Shackfuyu is back and now a permanent fixture in Soho and we couldn’t be happier. After all, where would we get our prawn toast masquerading as okonomiyaki fix otherwise…
Shackfuyu relaunched and reopened its doors following a month-long closure for refurbishment just in time for Christmas (1st December ). Ross Shonhan and his team made the decision to shut up shop and renovate in order to create a comfortable and permanent venue.
The original opened in February this year as a pop-up restaurant, but after a successful nine months it’s here to stay with a new look and menu. There’s no longer a bar downstairs in the basement, an additional dining area takes it’s place. Instead the bar now resides upstairs with a marble counter seating for 12. The colour scheme has also been significantly altered, gone is the distinctive green walls, now dark grey but they retain flashes of green in the upholstery and wall tiles.
Ross and Head Chef Ben Hughes have also created a new menu of Japanese yōshoku cuisine and drinking food served in Japans izakayas. New small dishes include; Mylor shrimps with curry salt, USDA beef tartar and imo fries with shisho mayo. Larger sharing plates have been added, such as grilled partridge with chilli ponzu, wild Cornish seabass with orange miso and lamb neck fillet with kimchee tare.
We tried a selection of new and signature dishes. Feeling festive, we tried the partridge which was delicious, tender and meaty. The cornish seabass was light in texture and sublime too – we love the newbies as much as the old.
Fortunately, a selection of Shackfuyu’s signature dishes including our personal favourites prawn toast masquerading as okonomiyaki (the best we’ve had), Korean chicken wings, aubergine with four miso and babu arare, are sticking around (PHEW) and we are pleased to report as good as we remembered them.
We ended our meal with “THAT” kinako french toast with soft serve and a deliciously light sake night cap.
We’re delighted the new look Shackfuyu will continue to rock and roll in true Bone Daddies style, and it now being permanent is music to our ears.