Posts tagged ‘japanese’

May 10, 2017

Shackfuyu [Food Review] @shackfuyu

After trying one of Bone Daddies restaurants – Flesh & Bun last year, I was destined to try another one of their different food havens dotted across London. With there being a queue extending outside at their first opening in Peter Street, Soho, which is a Ramen Bar, we walked to Old Compton Street to Shackfuyu.

Starting off as a pop up, it made it’s impression on the folk of London town so much that it became a permanent residency, serving Western-inspired Japanese dishes. You could almost say it’s Japanese soul food. Looking at the menu you can see much thought and effort has gone into the menu, they don’t over-do it with wide variety of dishes, these are carefully selected, and you can order a few as they are meant for sharing.

Shackfuyu like most of the Bone Daddies chains has a rock ‘n’ roll edge to it, with shiny tiles and brickwork and lots of small lights with a soundtrack to match. As you enter it feels smaller than it is, with seats round the bar when the back end of the restaurant with its booths and tables fill up.

Looking around to see what everyone else was eating, we decided on a main each and a few smaller plates so we could try as much as possible. The hot stone rice (£.8.50) was the larger, main dish chosen and it also came out first. Brought out as you would imagine in a hot bowl, the concoction of rice, beef and chilli with vegetables and sesame is literally steaming. It’s based on Korean bibimbap rice which is stirred at the table, as they do here also at Shackfuyu mixing the meat, veg and egg, but with a tasty sauce and a crunch from the sweetcorn in there too.

For the smaller dishes we opted for Korean fried chicken (£6) which is always going to be a winner. It came out as a portion of 3, so if there’s two of you there could be a fight over who gets the extra one, as these are so delicious. They have a sticky red coating dotted with sesames with a sour and chilli kick to them that will want you craving more.

The last small dish we chose was the seabass taco (£4) which were kind of small so it was hard to share, but we did manage as there was at least 6 bits of fried seabass each to enjoy. It came complete with tomatillo salsa like you would find in a Mexican restaurant. The seabass was cooked to perfection, crispy on the outside and the fish was soft and flaky, with spring onions and red onions chopped on top.

We washed these dishes down with a few glasses of prosecco, although there was a nice cocktail list too. Unfortunately we didn’t even have room for the desert which sounds and looks delicious, kinako French toast served with green tea ice cream. Definitely one for next time!

Where To Find: 14a Old Compton St, London, W1D 4TJ   02077347492    www.bonedaddies.com/restaurant/shackfuyu/

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June 16, 2015

Flesh & Buns [Food Review] @FleshandBuns

Heading out on Saturday night for a friends birthday, we decided to hit Flesh & Buns where my friend had been before, but was new to me. It’s a Japanese restaurant by company Bone Daddies who have a few other restaurants dotted around London.

Entering the restaurant off a road in Covent Garden, we walked down the stairs into a dimly lit, but colourful environment with people chatting away giving it a fun vibe of an Izakaya pub. There was either a long-stripped table down the middle for people to sit, or booths where you share with other people as well if there’s not many of you, which helps conserve space. We were offered a booth in the corner as it wasn’t busy, being just before 6pm, where a couple only joined the booth later sitting on the other side so it didn’t disturb us.

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This is East Asian food with a rock & roll edge, with the main focus on the hirata buns and the flesh or the meat you choose to be served with them. It’s a Taiwanese street food dish with an American twist where the floury, rice dough is folded and steamed, creating a pocket to add the ‘flesh’. I decided to pick the flat iron steak as my flesh, it was served with BBQ sauce and red onion pickle. The steak meat was tender and had a nice flamed grilled taste which complemented the pickle well. My fried went for the crispy duck leg, which the waiter asked if he you would like it shredded off the bone which was a nice touch.

For the starters we had soft-shell crab which came as a portion of 3  small crabs which we dug into straight away. It was served with a jalapeno mayo and the crab itself had a light tempura batter and was so delicious, just enough saltiness and crispiness on the outside, with the meat inside being tender. We also ordered Korean fried wings which came in a spicy, sour, sesame sauce. The wings came as a portion of 4 and were decent sized for wings and had a lovely crispness to them, although the sauce was nice enough, I couldn’t help feeling like something was missing from it.

Bowlful of glistening Korean chicken wings at Flesh & Buns

The drinks menu was wide and varied with a list for wines, sake, cocktails, soft drinks, beers and spirits to match everyones’s taste. The cocktails did look divine, but we opted for prosecco to go with our dishes. All in all it was a great experience, the atmosphere was lively and the food was great. I’d recommended going with friends.

Where To Find

41 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LX     020 7632 9500     http://www.bonedaddies.com/flesh-and-buns

May 5, 2015

Streetfeast – Dalston Yard [Food Review]

Armed with nothing but great expectations, an empty belly and a trusty sidekick I set off to find out for myself. Upon arriving at 9.30pm on the Saturday of the opening weekend, I happily paid a very affordable £3 entry and was immediately taken by the great atmosphere and setting. There were small fires lit in bins, spread evenly throughout the space, around which excited groups of eager foodies were grouped, chattering in excitement about the amazing flavours of what they were currently eating, and which food stall they planned on visiting next. Fairy lights dotted around created a nice ambience, and each shift in the wind brought a variety of amazing aromas that I soon decided would each need to be investigated further.

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I looked around at all the stalls, an eclectic and satisfying assortment – everything from Indian street food to sliders, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Peruvian, Korean, BBQ and much more. Vegans and vegetarians fear not, they literally had something for everyone, plus plenty of sweet stalls for after the main. There were also plenty of drink options such as a wine bar, a gin bar and a very alcoholic rum bar.

I first made my way over to B.O.B’s Lobster, where they serve up lobster rolls, lobster roll bites, crab rolls, shrimp rolls, lobster mac and cheese and more, unfortunately as I arrived quite late all of these had run out (so I suggest you turn up earlier!) They did however have some amazing crab tater tots, made of brown crab meat, perfectly spiced, then breaded, fried, sprinkled with celery salt and served with a great mayo. They were a perfect starter at £6 and you got around 8-10 of the little bites. They were very delicious!

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I then went to Kimchinary  afterwards which had a ridiculously long queue – always a good sign! Named home of the Korean burrito, they fuse Hispanic street food with Korean cooking. They had a simple menu of three choices on offer, chicken, beef or tofu. All three of these came with a filling of fried rice, spring onions, sour cream, cheese, Chinese cabbage and hot sauce. I went for chicken and it was so delicious I wanted to go back to get the beef one. Who would have thought to deliver oriental food in the form of Hispanic, but boy does it work!

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The food was well lubricated with a glass of wine and a beer (one each) and then after these we made our way to the rum bar, run by a guy called Sam, who was as easy going as the drinks he poured. The drinks menu was small and easy to pick from and I went for the un-dead punch which I was told had 5 different rums in it. After half the drink I knew he was telling the truth as I felt as if I had drunk 5 glasses!

 

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This is the place to go if you can’t choose what to eat, as it has it all and you can have small bites from loads of different delicious places and have some nice cocktails to go with it!

Where To Find

 Hartwell Street, Dalston. London, E83DU   http://www.streetfeastlondon.com

When

Open every Friday/Sat till 24/25 Sep 2015 5pm-12am

February 23, 2015

East St (@EastStreetEats) [Food Review]

If you’re shopping in Central London particularly around Oxford St/Bond St make sure you pop in to cure those weary feet and get your eat on, or before your about to head into Soho for drinks with friends. East St is perfect for a quick and tasty dinner! The menu will also suit most people as it’s quite varied.

This little gem of fresh pan asian cooking is just situated off Oxford St, closer to Tottenham Court Road end, and brings a mixture of street food from Thailand, VietnamMalaysia and Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan and Korea. It brought me back to the time of eating at the Hawker markets in Singapore or the street food stalls when I went to Bangkok, and I wondered as I sat down how authentic it was going to be.  Street food in these countries for me is completely different to eating in restaurants and I hoped they would capture the beauty of it. 

After a shopping trip with my brother (well half way through) and me knowing it was going to be a very long day ahead we decided to go here, and saw they also had an express lunch menu with 4 main dishes to choose from for £6.95 each and the option to go for a few more for £1 extra and to add a starter for £2.50 extra. Pretty good value for money if you ask me, although there wasn’t much choose.

He went for the express lunch choosing Gomoku Yakisoba – Ramen noodles wok-fried with prawns, chicken breast, peppers, julienne carrot and bean sprouts, garnished with toasted nori and pickled ginger and added Gyoza’s for us to share. Gyoza’s or dumpling are (in this case) Griddled dumplings of minced pork, bamboo shoot & spring onion, with a soy dip. These were tasty and light and didn’t taste like they were brought in an oriental supermarket like most restaurants. The noodles from Japan were a huge portion and tasted fresh and there was the right amount of meat, vegetables and noodles.

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I opted for the Nasi Goreng rice with prawns which is an Indonesian dish of spicy wok-fried rice with lime leaves, chilli, and onion flakes. This was very delicious and even when I was getting full I didn’t want to put the fork down. It’s quite a simple dish to make at home as well, you just have to get the elements right. Simple is sometimes the best for me especially when the ingredients used are good ones.

I recommend this place as a quick pan asian pit stop when your in the area especially if you like stir fry’s, curries, rice dishes and more full of flavour.

Where To Find

3-5 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1HJ      02073230860    http://www.eaststreetrestaurant.com/