It’s housed in a former Italian restaurant where the original pizza oven is still in the front, which is quite unusual for a Japanese restaurant. It’s a far bigger area than you might expect too, with a simple, stripped back vibe to it all.
The menu was short and sweet. Korean fried wings (£5.90) were beastly in size and the flavour was utterly divine. Hand dived roast scallops (£7.50 each) came drenched in a fiery chilli miso butter which brought a tear to my eye in the very best way.
A highlight was the prawn toast ‘masquerading as okonomiyaki’ (£5.20) (whatever that means I still don’t quite know) which was a crispy, prawny delight. USDA beef picanha (£12.50) was an interesting one; the beef had a firm texture and wasn’t quite as rare I’d usually like my meat but it had such incredible flavour that I couldn’t stop eating it.
Less successful was the mentaiko mac and cheese with cock scratchings (£5.40 (the cock scratchings are trademarked don’t you know). There was a strange orange dollop on the top which added no flavour and a weird texture to the dish. The whole thing seemed to lack flavour.
The beef hot stone rice (£7.20) came served in a giant stone that kept its molton lava temperature throughout its time on our table – meaning the bits of rice on the bottom got nice and crispy. It was a hearty bowl of deliciousness.
For dessert, there was only one option. The kinako French toast (£6) would have been good enough on its own, but with the accompanying green tea soft serve ice cream, it took the whole thing up a gear. One of the tastiest puds I’ve had in ages.
Shackfuyu is supposed to be a temporary pop up but I reckon they’re onto a winner and if they can, they should definitely keep it there for longer. Soho is packed full to the rafters with great restaurants at the minute – and it looks like it just got another one.