Shackfuyu, Bone Daddies’ first pop-up restaurant, is now open in Soho at 14a Old Compton Street. A short menu is evolving primarily from the use of the previous restaurant’s pizza oven and basement kitchen. A selection of small dishes and accompanying sides highlights flavours and cuisines currently represented in Japan. The regularly changing menu will see Ross Shonhan and his team getting creative, experimenting and serving dishes which will be sure to please the many loyal fans of Bone Daddies Ramen Bar (Soho and Kensington) and Flesh & Buns (Covent Garden).
Shackfuyu – (‘Shack’ being a rough and ready space and ‘Fuyu’ meaning winter in Japanese – the idea is this residency will open this winter and close the next) is a first for Ross, who is known for his innovative and playful take on Japanese cuisine, particularly ‘drinking food’ served in Japan’s izakayas. Open seven days a week, the pop-up operates a single-ingredient led main dish offering, changing on an ad hoc basis, luring diners back to the temporary site for more. The opening menu features a roasted Picanha of Beef with Kimchee Tare and sides such as Mentaiko Mac & Cheese, Cock Scratchings and Fried Potatoes with Japanese Curry Sauce, although Londoners may expect to find Japanese flavours introduced to whole sea bass, pork hocks or goat at Shackfuyu as the team evolves. Menus will be announced via social media and on the Shackfuyu website, throughout the duration of the pop-up. A short list of snacks is available, including Hamachi Tostadas, Prawn Toast masquerading as Okonomiyaki and Roasted Scallops with Spicy Miso Butter.
Ross Shonhan says; “We’ve been waiting a long time for this site, so to have the pop-up finally underway is a really exciting project for Bone Daddies. The smaller menu and temporary site gives us the chance to play with dishes and try something new with our guests, without the usual expectations and boundaries. Hopefully we will create a fun dining event for both existing supporters and those discovering us for the first time”.
Shackfuyu operates a no reservations policy, and a bar area – within the basement kitchen - acts as a waiting space during busy periods. The drinks list offers a limited selection of soft and hard drinks, including bottled beers, Bone Daddies’ popular Frozen Yuzu Margarita and a small range of bottled cocktails, such as the Sake Cherry Gimlet.
The interior of the 70 cover space is simple and bashed about a bit; the remnants of the former restaurant have been up-cycled, stripped back and given a lick of paint. A signature rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack plays in true Bone Daddies style. The pop-up offers diners an upbeat and unique casual dining experience for a limited time only.