Admittedly, there’s some way to go before this poll concludes and there are some big-hitters coming onto the scene in the coming weeks and months: Duck & Rice, Bao London Soho and On The Bab are just three on our must-eat list. However, our stand-out meal of the year so far (and we’ve been back twice, just to make sure) is Shackfuyu, the temporary pop-up from Bone Daddies (we sincerely hope they change their minds about its transient nature).
Set in the shell of an Italian restaurant that looks like it last saw a refurb’ back in the early 90s, the Bone Daddies crew make the most of the old pizza oven to create an eclectic menu cleverly slapped with Japanese flavours. Served as small plates (although some dishes are hefty in their size), we’re currently working our way through the menu.
Favourites include the lip-smacking Korean fried wings (in our opinion, the best you’ll find in London), the aubergine dish which is crammed with umami flavours, the scallop, the prawn toast and the fried potatoes (don’t bother with the mac and cheese – it’s the only duff on the menu). Be sure to finish with the French toast served with a Mr Whippy-style soft-serve ice cream.
So damn clever, so damn simple, so damn tasty and such good value. A restaurant version of a greatest hits collection: Now That’s What I Call London Food Trends, volume one.
14a Old Compton Street, Soho, London
All photos by Shackfuyu