It’s pronounced ‘Shack – f – uh – you’. That ANSWERED my first question to the very friendly but over tired hostess at the door when I arrived LAST WEEK with 6 people, strIkING fear into her stressed eyes. Reason being that since the doors opened in Mid february, the queue’s have refused to go down at the new Soho hot spot. SERVING up innovative JAPANESE FAST FOOD, IT’S IN FACT a spin off of Bone Daddies – the Ramen place.
It’s on Old Compton Street and when you go (you must go), expect to wait to get onto the waiting list, and once on this never ending list, you must go and wait for your table for an hour or so down stairs. On paper, this is not how you want your dinner plans to go, but we just rolled with it, did what we were told and had a fabulous time.
We shuffled to the back of the restaurant, down the stairs and into the basement bar. Cosy would be an understatement, it was of similar size to a bus stop. But the room was buzzing, cocktails were flying and we got stuck in. Whilst we waited an hour for our buzzer to go off, the 7 of us sunk 21 frozen margaritas between us so by the time we were called we’d forgotten why we were even there.
Upstairs there’s rock music playing, Chinese writing on bright green walls, ‘cock scratchings’ & people rushing about in all directions, it’s packed with energy and spicy, meaty aromas coming from the open kitchen.
We ordered a variety of dishes to share off the one page menu from the most delightful ginger bearded waiter. The winners were the prawn toast; who know they could taste do delicate, and the sticky beef picanha – let me put this into perspective; I am semi-vegetarian, and literally I could have eaten 8 courses of this beef dish, it was sensational. There were no losers, we loved each dish. I’ll let the pics do the rest of the talking >
x The London Whistler x