Shackfuyu has been on my list ever since I caught a peek of their famous matcha ice cream dessert. I’m a HUGE fan of all things matcha so was very excited to finally have the opportunity to try it. Not to mention you can’t really go wrong with Japanese food (well, you can, but you know what I mean).
Shackfuyu serves what is known as “yoshoku”, essentially Japanese style Western food in an izakaya type setting. Owned by Ross Shonhan of Bone Daddies and Flesh & Buns, Shackfuyu was originally a pop-up. Three years later this “pop-up” is still going strong!
I went on a Sunday lunchtime where the restaurant was rammed full of people having bottomless brunch. At three courses and bottomless drinks for £39 per person, it’s pretty good value. However, being so popular, don’t expect a calm, relaxing meal. This place can get noisy!
I wasn’t in the mood for heavy drinking so instead we went for the £30 tasting menu. I always like to go for a tasting menu when they are available, as often you are introduced to great new foods you otherwise wouldn’t have ordered.
Korean fried chicken wings
Prawn toast masquerading as okonomiyaki
Aubergine (unfortunately they’d run out so gave us an extra side instead)
Iberico pork pluma
Hot stone rice
Kinako french toast with soft serve ice cream
The prawn toast (or okonomiyaki?) was piled so high with bonito flakes you couldn’t really see what it was – even after eating it I’m not quite sure! What I am sure of, however, is that it tasted great. A soft texture with some crispy bits on top and just the right amount of fishiness. I realise my description may not sound the most appealing, but trust me, it was great.
Next came the Korean Fried Chicken wings. I tend to be terrified of anything containing chilies (particularly when it’s Korean) but managed to pluck up enough courage to go for it. They were spicy but the heat was mixed with an extremely moreish sweet and sticky sauce that kept me going. Prepare to get down and dirty with this dish – it’s the only way.
I don’t know how I managed to eat something without taking a photo first, but clearly the seabass ceviche was so delicious I simply couldn’t stop myself.
Next came the mains and I couldn’t really fault them either. The pork was so tender and flavoursome I would’ve eaten a entire pig’s worth given the option. The hot stone rice (pretty much a bibimbap) came to the table sizzling, with a waitress in tow to stir it all up for us. I guess they can’t trust the general public to make sure their eggs are cooked through. I particularly loved the little charred pieces of sweetcorn. Yum.
Last but not least came the dessert. A hefty swirl of matcha soft serve alongside the kinako french toast. The reason I wanted to come to Shackfuyu in the first place. The toast had a nutty, roasted sort of flavour that went perfectly with the matcha. My only complaint here is that I had to share it with my friend! I was quite relieved to enjoy it, often a dish is so hyped up that you end up disappointed when you get to try it for yourself.
All in all, we loved our visit to Shackfuyu. It was a shame they’d run out of one of the dishes, otherwise I couldn’t really fault it.
Favourite dish: Obviously the kinako french toast with soft serve!
Good for: bottomless brunch, casual date or meal with friends
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