Whoever invented sharing plates is a genius. I will never get bored of sharing several smaller dishes. After all, you get to try so much more from the menu (I always feel so restricted picking one main), and you’re less likely to suffer from food envy or get bored of your dinner. Win win.
Escaping the rain a couple of weeks ago, Kim and I headed into Shackfuyu for dinner and a good old catch-up before the launch event for Henry Holland’s latest Habitat collection (I was lucky enough to be Kim’s plus one). A big fan of Bone Daddies famous Ramen, Shackfuyu had been on my list for a while, and it had also featured on Kim’s must visit list too.
It was pretty busy that Wednesday night, as we had imagined. The restaurant itself radiated a chic contemporary feel, with dark colours and sophisticated decor. Bustling with hungry people, we luckily got a spot at the marble bar, which separated the front section from the rear seated restaurant.
The menu itself is focussed on Japanese inspired cuisine, with a mix of vegetarian and meat options, and also features a couple of popular items from its other sister restaurants, including the Korean Wings. Five or six dishes is recommended between two, which was plenty.
The Hot Stone Rice was one of my favourite dishes of the evening. A mixture of rice and vegetables, served sizzling in a hot stone bowl with sesame, chilli and beef, it had a delicious flavour with an almost smoky edge.
The rice became crispy round the edges as the bowl continued to heat its contents, giving the dish a fab combination of textures.
The Korean Fried Wings, coated in a thick and sticky, spicy sauce, were a great choice too. Served as a portion of three big wings (sometimes places serve half wings as wings), they do pack quite a lot of heat and are absolutely delicious. I actually had the extra one being the spice lover out of the two of us.
The Tenderstem Broccoli, served with Wafu Dressing, was delivered in a generous portion. Cooked a la dente, it had a slight crunch, and crisp fresh taste and paired with the dressing was a tasty combination.
The Sticky Lamb Ribs in a Pickled Plum Miso Glaze, were tender with a delicious rich flavour, which reminded me of slow cooked dishes. Slightly fatty, which added more flavour to the dish, they were a little messy to eat with chopsticks and fingers, but in the company of great friends that never matters.
Edamame is always a must when it’s on the menu. The Shackfuyu option is served with a sweet chilli soy, and it didn’t disappoint.
More than satisfied with our five choices, we left nothing but empty dishes, and used napkins and chopsticks.
At just over £20 each for five sharing dishes, it’s not the cheapest of places for dinner, but it sure is worth the extra money. Great quality food and fab service, I’d definitely recommend adding it to your must visit list.
Have you found a new restaurant which seriously impressed recently?