Lip-smacking food at Shackfuyu, Soho


Shackfuyu. The name itself sounds exotic, dangerous. But the only real threat you’ll be facing after dining here is to crave your next encounter with that lip-smacking Japanese-fusion food very, very badly.

And how well they set their trap: no reservation, affordable prices, dishes big enough to share and subdued lighting for a private and comfortable setting in which to down cocktails called “Ringo Starr” (Gin, Sake, Apple Juice).

This is not a place where you will be rushed to free your table and in fact, it is deceptively big. They have large red leather circle booths to accommodate groups of friends, which will come in pretty handy because I guarantee you will want to try everything on that menu. The flavours! That meat! The delicate cloud of matcha ice cream, landing light and wonderfully refreshing on your tongue. This is hands down my favourite place to eat in London at the moment and I can’t shut up about it. Go! I’m sure you will love it too. My favourites are:

Smoked Eel Tostada, Pickled Daikon

Smoked eel tostada Shackfuyu

Smoked eel tostada 2 Shackfuyu

Prawn Toast masquerading as Okonomiyaki

Prawn toast Okonomiyak Shackfuyu

Prawn toast Okonomiyak Shackfuyu 2

Aubergine, Miso , Bubu Arare

Aubergine Miso Shackfuyu

Aubergine Miso Shackfuyu 2

Beef Picanha, Kimchee Tare Butter

Beef picanha Shackfuyu

Beef picanha Shackfuyu 2

Fried Potatoes in Japanese Curry Sauce

Fried potatoes in curry sauce Shackfuyu

Fried potatoes in curry sauce Shackfuyu 2

Kinako French Toast with Matcha Ice Cream

Kinako french toast  with matcha ice cream Shackfuyu

Kinako french toast  with matcha ice cream Shackfuyu 2

Tell me – Do you like fusion food? Where is your favourite place to eat at moment? Have you ever tasted Matcha ice cream? It’s pretty much Heaven on a plate, if you ask me.

Shackfuyu | @shackfuyu
Open Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 3pm and 5.30pm to 10pm
and on Saturday and Sunday, lunchtime to evening
14a Old Compton Street London, W1D 4TJ

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15 Comments

Katy
July 15, 2015

I went here last week for the first time and absolutely LOVED it. The beef in kimchee butter was amaaazing and I adored the prawn toast as well (except for the bonito flakes. ew.)

I also had the Ringo Starr and it was actually my fave cocktail out of all of them! :) xx

Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

Hannah
July 15, 2015

Heard a lot about this place and your photos make me want to visit oh so bad!

Jesse
July 15, 2015

Thank you for commenting Katy and so glad to hear from a fellow fan of Shackfuyu! It really is a pretty amazing place and I love it even more than Bone Daddies. The cocktail list is simple yet delicious and the Ringo Starr was my favourite too! Jesse x

Jesse
July 15, 2015

Hannah you really won't regret it, you absolutely have to go! It's like naughty american food but with elevated flavours from the Orient. It's just so good. Not pictured, the green chilli mac and cheese that I tucked in absent-mindedly before I could snap a picture. Done and dusted between Rob and I under a minute. Thank you for commenting! Jesse x

sara
July 15, 2015

I've never been but it's definitely going on my to do list!

Jesse
July 15, 2015

Hi Sara, thank you for commenting and so glad to hear! Please let me know what you think if you go to Shackfuyu. Jesse x

Posh, Broke, & Bored
July 15, 2015

I've read and heard so much about Shackfuyu but I've never actually been. How CRAZY is that green toast with matcha ice-cream?! Can we go soon, please please please? x

Jasiminne / Posh, Broke, & Bored - Luxury lifestyle blog

Jesse
July 15, 2015

Jasiminne! That French toast with matcha ice-cream is alone worth the visit, it tastes divine! It's perfection on your palate and I think about it constantly. I'm off to France for about ten days but I would love a catch-up in August. I've been chatting to Pop Brixton about a meet-up in fact! Thank you for commenting and looking forward to see you again. Ps: LOVED your "Encounters" blog post, laughed out loud while reading it honestly! Jesse x

Honey
July 15, 2015

That Kinako french toast is screaming at me right now.
Can't wait to eat with you and the foodies again, Jesse. Let's plan something! x

Honey x The Girl Next Shore

Jesse
July 15, 2015

I know Honey, I'm feeling the lure too. We must go again and soon! Any reason for a catch-up really, there or anywhere! Thank you for commenting. Jesse x

Tamsin @ A Certain Adventure
July 21, 2015

Jesse, your pictures of our Shackfuyu feast are literally INCREDIBLE! I need a photography lesson from you, stat! Missing that French toast with matcha soft serve as usual...x

Jesse
July 29, 2015

Thank you for the kind words Tamsin! So glad you liked the pictures and it's just practice I promise. Hope you have been well and would love to see you soon for a foodie catchup with the others. Jesse x

Giulia Mule'
August 5, 2015

Matcha in desserts can be too sweet, but at Shackfuyu they managed to get it just right! The overly sweet custard-y toast is balanced by the soft serve ice-cream. It's a wonderful dessert!

Pro tip: order 1 to share between 2. I don't know anyone who could finish one by themselves.

Jesse
August 5, 2015

I can only say one thing Giulia: AMEN! Also, I wish I could write about food like you do :) It would have taken days of me catching up with proper journalistic food reviews to come up with that turn of phrase with the custard ^^. Thank you for taking the time to comment! Jesse x

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