Bone Daddies Shackfuyu Soho London Review
Today I visit Bone Daddies Shackfuyu restaurant for lunch. Situated on London’s Old Compton Street in Soho which is popular for its many restaurants and bars at lunch times and in the evenings too. I’m keen to try their popular pork buns or Bao today. Bones Daddies is renowned for its Ramen bars and also its Flesh & Bun restaurant. Bone Daddie’s Shackfuyu is their latest and most talked about venture here in town. Shackfuyu began as a pop-up restaurant. A pop up so popular it later re-opened permanently. Check out my visit and what I ate in this movie:
Bone daddies made a name for itself in London firstly with its Japanese ramen bar. A Ramen bar which often appears on best in London lists. And they also have more than one location of ramen bar and restaurant now.
So then its flesh & bun bar and restaurant soon followed. Inspired by Japanese Izakaya. The best way to describe Izakaya is as sort of Japanese version of a Spanish tapas bar also supplying London with Japanese drinks and accompanied by Japanese inspired bar snacks & food.
The latest restaurant and bar Shakfuyu was originally trialled as a pop up to see if it would work. The pop-up was also a huge success proving popular with visitors and London locals.
So Shackfuyu has now opened as a permanent addition to the bone daddies line up also with a fresh look now its permanent.
Shakfuyu is an interesting concept because it sells youshoku inspired food. Youshoku simply means western food. And there are many Youshoku restaurants in Japan selling western “style” food. So in theory it would or should be a European restaurant serving Italian, Spanish, French and British dishes.
But youshoku is not food we would actually eat or recognise entirely here in the west. Youshoku is western inspired but also entirely Japanese invented food,. Its fusion food east meets west.
Japan was a closed country or tried to be until the 1860s. At this point it decided to maybe adopt some of western culture that could also be beneficial for a multitude of reasons.
So one of the things was our food. Because generally we are physically bigger in the west. Japan hoped it would build their armies troops to western proportions. In an era when wars were fought by men on the ground.
Until the 1860 Japan closed itself to outsiders and outside influence. And they also primarily followed a Buddhist diet and they were vegetarian or vegan.
However in the late 1860s when Japan started to open itself up to the rest of the world. So he ban on eating meat was not only lifted eating it was promoted.
And so that was the origins of the youshoku food. Youshoku is neither traditional Japanese nor traditional western dishes it’s a mix of the two. It gives the Shackfuyu restaurant creative licence to really freestyle fuse east & west cuisine.
Visit the Bone Daddies Shackfuyu website here: