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#InternetFriends At Shackfuyu

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A couple of weeks ago it was #InternetFriendsDay – ok yes, it’s a made up holiday but it is something that got me thinking about all the wonderful people who I’ve met via blogging, Twitter and Instagram. I’ve met so many fantastic friends who I now tweet, what’s app and actually meet up with IN REAL LIFE! I love the idea of having a special day to commemorate these people and perhaps next year we’ll all be sending each other Happy #InternetFriendsDay cards – yes I’m determined to make this a thing.

There were nine of us celebrating this auspicious occasion: Lauren, May, Sheepha, Gary, Mehreen, Tahira, Aftab and our fantastic organiser, Andrea. The destination of choice was Shackfuyu in Soho, a Japanese restaurant that I’d been wanting to try for a while. I liked the lively atmosphere and the pared down decor but nine of sitting on stools around a smallish table wasn’t ideal – I’m not a fan of having my feet dangling while I’m eating!DSC_8019
*Apologies for the photo quality, it’s not easy to take photos at a group dinner so I put my camera on auto mode and the focus is a bit off* 

Though a few of us had dietary requirements, the £30 tasting menu seemed the perfect way to try lots of the menu whilst not spending a fortune. We kicked off with some edamame beans in sweet chilli sauce, I didn’t like these as I found them too sweet but I was very much in the minority, everyone else on the table loved them. DSC_8022
Next a wagyu beef tartar which was really just perfect, high quality meat and just the right amount of seasoning served with peppered prawn crackers which added a little Asian twist to this French dish. DSC_8039
The sweet potato fries didn’t come with the tasting menu but we were keen to try them and ordered them separately. They were amazing – probably the best I’ve had in London – perfectly crisp, the kind of thing you want to eat like no one’s watching. Or Dance. Whatever…
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The Korean fried chicken wings were devoured hungrily, leaving lots of sticky fingers around the table. Shackfuyu
This dish was prawn toast but nothing like your average greasy Chinese takeaway. Beautifully crispy morsels of perfectly cooked prawns covered in bonito flakes and a creamy Japanese mayo. DSC_8088
Next a hot stone rice hot-pot full of vegetables and a perfectly cooked egg gleaming in the centre which we mixed into the dish (after about ten minutes of photo-taking…). The comforting carb fest was another of my favourite dishes of the night with the rice at the bottom beautifully crunchy. We were told it also contained beef though none of us were sure that we could actually find any – either way it was delicious as both a side dish and a standalone. DSC_8095
I didn’t try the Iberico pork plumo with spring onion and black pepper sauce but it was probably the least successful dish on the table as there was quite a bit left at the end. DSC_8098
Miso aubergine is one of my favourite Japanese dishes when done right. For me this wasn’t quite there as it was a little overly sweet but the flesh of the aubergine just melted apart under my fork and it was still a very enjoyable dish.
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We all agreed that the whole fried sea bass looked evil, but it certainly tasted good. A delicious crunchy coating enveloped soft, perfectly cooked flesh and the dish was another very successful one on the table.

And finally *drumroll please* the bit we’d all been waiting for. Currently one of London’s most Instagrammed dish – the kinako French toast with matcha soft serve ice cream. I was slightly worried that the famous dessert wouldn’t live up to the hype but we weren’t disappointed.
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With a slightly crisp exterior and chewy yet firm on the inside the French toast itself was delicious. Sweet but not too sweet, substantial yet light…we all loved it. And the soft serve ice cream was the perfect accompaniment. Though we were all really full from the generous portions of food – nothing could stop enjoying this super dessert.

Shackfuyu was a great place to celebrate #Internetfriends day and the tasting menu was great value for money as we had so much food we couldn’t finish it. I’d highly recommend Shackfuyu for a fun night out with really impressive food.

Shackfuyu
14a Old Compton Street
London
W1D 4TJ

0207 734 7492

 

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  • Sounds good value for £30! I went to Shackfuyu last year, but I haven’t managed to get back since the refurb. That wagyu beef tartar sounds divine! I loved the Korean wings went I went. And obviously the French toast. Sounds like you had a lovely evening!xx

  • That French Toast though! Definitely up there as one of my favourite desserts of all times! Looks like a really fun evening 🙂 xx

  • I’ve heard such good things about Shackfuyu! x

  • Mmmm….lovely, rustic goodness. All looks delicious. Loving the idea of #internetfriends day too…I’m sure with your influence you could make this an actual thing!!

    Polly xx

  • That French Toast looks epic! And thank you for the links to the others, I’ve added them to Bloglovin so I can have a read of their pages too.

  • Haha, love the idea of #internetfriends day! What a fabulous looking meal too – really *must* try that French toast sometime!! xxx

  • #InternetFriends Day should be a real thing, not just for the excuse to meet up to tweet and eat, but also because we bloggers are a species that should be celebrated! x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

  • That sounds like pretty good value for £30 a pop! I’ve been to worse sounding places who charge double for less food’

  • I’m not normally a fan of steak tartare but I think I’d make an exception for that one!

  • I think some of the joy of eating in a bigger group it getting to share so many flavours – that hot stone rice hot-pot looks wonderful!

  • Sorry I missed you guys! Til next time! x

  • Sounds like you had a great time with friends and a variety of food! Yum!

    xx
    Merritt
    The Style Scribe

  • Wow this looks so delicious, especially the tartare!!!

    xoxo Emily

    http://www.ditchtheheels.com

  • I’ve seen that French toast literally EVERYWHERE! Such a fab group of you – looks like you had a great time!
    Lxx
    Elle Bloggs

  • Ellie – Flash & Frugal

    Damn! Andrea said I should come as I’ve recently started my blog but I couldn’t make it. These pictures make me kick myself… 🙁 Glad it was fun!

  • Ellie – Flash & Frugal

    / I will have to go asap!

  • May

    I love the idea of #internetfriends day! Should definitely be a thing. I had such a great time and what a group, not easy to please all 9 of us 😀

    May x
    http://www.redvelvetlondon.com

  • Your pics turned out well despite the million cams and auto hahaha – mine are all blurry too. Such a fun night, always love to see you! Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Yum yum yum! I looooooved that prawn toast so much I insisted we order seconds – delicious!

  • Samantha Gray

    How was the ice cream? It looks like green Mr Whippy!

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  • Miu

    All the food is looking amazing! I now really hope my own dinner is ready soon 😉