Bone Daddies Shackfuyu, Soho [Japanese]

I confess, I’m a pretty “slow” food blogger so it’s taken me a while to get to this ‘pop up’, courtesy of Bone Daddies. Shackfuyu is only meant to be a year long pop up (wait, those two phrases don’t make sense together) but I hope it stays or I’ll have to get back into Shackfuyu again sharpish!

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Recommended by our waiter we decided to opt for the Tako Tacos. I must admit I’ve never jumped onto the taco train so normally I wouldn’t even notice them on a menu. These were, however, mouthfuls of crispy tacos melded with an interesting combination of guacamole and gochujang. What would have picked this dish up was if the octopus were more pronounced. The chewy consistency was there but the texture and flavour of the octopus wasn’t present.

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This is actually the best bibimbap I’ve had in London! Now dozens of you might call me out here but I’ve never had a memorable bowl of bibimbap but Shackfuyu’s was. I’ve oft been disappointed by the promise of crispy bottoms and flavours that match the vibrancy of the ingredients. Despite not being full of meat it was flavourful, with a layer of crispy, slightly charred rice on the bottom. Never has a bowl of bibimbap come together for me as well as Shackfuyu’s though it did lack spice! A bottle of gochujang on the side would have done the trick.

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I am an aubergine fiend so the aubergine – 4 miso – bubu arare was on the bill before I could even read the description. What came was delicious! The rice crackers (bubu arare) and seaweed provide amazing texture and flavours, giving pop and fizzle to the homely and moreish aubergine flesh. Towards the bottom of the dish however, the miso sauce was a little too cloying.

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The iberico pork pluma was a good sized plate of tender and moreish meat. There is quite a homely sense to this dish, it’s something I would make at home and slather bowl after bowl of boiled rice with. The sauce could have been more inspired though with only hints of black pepper coming through.

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The kinako french toast – soft serve ice cream is hands down the best green tea dessert I’ve ever had, wait cross that out, it might be the best dessert I’ve ever had! An amazing combination of decadence and creaminess. A large slice of moreish french toast is matched devilishly with the biggest dollop of green tea ice cream. Bringing two popular deserts together was definitely inspired and despite the indulgence, you aren’t gasping for water because of the sweetness as the green tea cuts through it.

Service was extremely friendly and helpful though our waiter did manage to make us over order as we were stuffed by the time dessert came but definitely leave room for it!

Go there now or you’ll miss out!

Address: 14a Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4TJ

Telephone: 0207 734 7492

Mind The Gap:

Mon: 12pm – 3pm . 5.30pm – 10pm

Tues – Fri: 12pm – 3pm . 5.30pm – 11pm

Sat: 12pm – 11pm

Sun & Bank Hols: 12pm – 9pm

As I said Shackfuyu is only supposed to be here for one year so get yourself down there now!

Not been to any other Bone Daddies establishment? The Panda is judging you! Besides two Ramen shops (and a third popping up soon) there’s also Flesh and Buns.

bonedaddies.com/shackfuyu

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