Wednesday, 19 October 2016


I love Shackfuyu, I've been numerous times because the Asian come American food is right up my street. When Lily arranged a visit for her birthday to sample the Sunday brunch menu I was excited to give it a try as there's a bunch of new dishes that aren't available on the everyday menu.

For £35 per person you can order 2 small plates, 1 large plate, dessert for the table and have access to unlimited pineapple sake or prosecco for two hours. The pineapple sake is OK but I most definitely prefer the prosecco. Sophie and I decided to share a few of the smaller plates so we could sample more of the menu.

Katsu sando - iberico pluma - homemade tonkatsu sauce

The katsu sando is basically a sandwich with deep fried pork and tonkatsu sauce, it was more delicious then I ever thought possible thanks to the sweet and stick sauce.

buttermilk fried chicken bun -kimchee

The Bone Daddies family sure know how to do fried chicken and this bao is no exception. Hot, sticky and sweet this really was a wonderfully moorish plate of food. The kimchee gave it a nice edge and the pillowy soft bao held it all together nicely.

green tea waffles - smoked bacon - black sesame butter - maple syrup

I'm not a fan of matcha but I was keen to try the waffle, good thing I did because apart from the waffle looking green when cut open it didn't taste like green tea at all. The bacon was perfectly crisp and combined with the maple syrup this was the perfect mix of sweet and savoury, Much more exciting than pancakes.

USDA beef short rib - bo ssam style
The short rib has to be ordered for 2 people so make sure you team up with someone because this is one of the best items on the menu. Perfectly cooked rare beef is served with an arrange of sauces and pickles as well as lettuce leaves to make little pockets of meaty goodness.
kinako french toast with soft serve ice-cream

Dessert consists of the famous green tea soft serve and kinako French toast. I've said before that I'm not a huge fan of this dessert. I like the ice cream combine with the sugary bread but once the bread has been eaten I'm not too keen on the solo ice cream. If you like green tea I'm sure you will love this.

Sunday brunch at Shackfuyu is great, especially with the attentive staff who are always eager to top up your prosecco glasses. The food isn't for the light hearted, it's packed with intense flavours and most definitely a lot of calories. It's perfect if you don't want to share but I like the option of sharing a few plates so you can try more of the menu. I know I'll definitely be back soon as there's plenty more small plates I'd like to sample.

Follow me on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Bloglovin'

Sunday, 16 October 2016

RESTAURANT REVIEW: 28-50 Fetter Lane

I'm not much of a wine drinker but when I was invited to 28-50, Fetter Lane to enjoy an evening of food and Burgundy wines I knew it would be a great opportunity to broaden my knowledge.

The evening started with salted cod on bruschetta and baked celeriac on cracker crudités. Both snacks were absolutely delicious, especially the celeriac which was extremely moorish. To accompany the  canapés we were served a lovely, fresh Chablis (Le Bas de Chapelot, Vocoret 2013) which I very much enjoyed.

Our starter consisted of huge, meaty scallops in a deliciously creamy sauce. This was accompanied by a slightly oaked white wine (Puligny Montrachet, Chateau de Puligny Montrachet, Etienne de Montille 2009). Whilst this was my least favourite of the four wines, thanks to the oakiness, I still think it worked well with the shellfish.

Our main course of pigeon breast and leg with a side of potatoes was wonderful. Both meats have distinctive flavours and accompanied with a glass of red (Gevrey Chambertin O.Bernstein 2011) this was probably my favourite course.

The dessert was definitely the most unusual of the meal. It tasted more like a starter thanks to the use of savoury flavours. When I read goats cheese, pickled beetroot, grapes and chocolate on the menu I had no idea what to expect. The end result was most certainly tasty but I couldn't quite get my head around the lack of something sweet, even with the chocolate. This was served with an enjoyable glass of red (Morgon Javernieres, L.C.Desvignes 2012) which I could have happily kept sipping for the remainder of the evening.

I had a wonderful evening at 28-50 sampling delicious food and getting to know a little about Burgundy wine. If you're a wine enthusiast I definitely recommend checking out the wine bar's events which have different themes. The event we attended cost £85 per person which sounds like a lot but when you take into account the high quality food and the fact that your wine glass is constantly topped up throughout the evening I think it is most definitely excellent value.

Follow me on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Bloglovin'

Friday, 14 October 2016

Ja-Planning #2

Today I'm off to Japan and South Korea for 3.5 weeks and I beyond excited. Right now I'm on my flight to Tokyo, hopefully trying to get some shut eye because we land at 7am Japanese time, but more likely watching some trash on the in-flight entertainment system.

It felt like a really long time ago that I wrote my first update about holiday planning and all of a sudden the day is here. I've felt a little stressed this week, I started planning months ago, giving myself plenty of time but the last few days have been a bit of a stress when it comes to finishing details. Everyone keeps telling me to just go with the flow but I'm not good at this. I like to have a train time in mind and I like to know a list of interesting bars and restaurants in each area I'm visiting so we can make the most of the place. But I know we will be fine. I've got a day-to-day plan of where we're going and what we want to see. We have out JR passes so that's most of our trains accounted for and I managed to buy Ghibli Museum tickets which involved me staying up until 2am (10 am Japanese time).

I gave you a pretty decent run down of our plans in the last blog post so there isn't really that much more to say on the subject. We booked our 2-week JR passes with JTB which was a really straight forward process. When we get to Tokyo we need to swap our exchange order, which was delivered to our home a couple days after ordering online, for the actual rail ticket. Hopefully it'll be smooth sailing. I booked our Ghibli Museum tickets on the official website using the 1 month in advance option. I tried to book DisneySea tickets in advance but the website wouldn't accept any of cards so we'll just pick them up on the day. I've also booked a DMZ tour with Koridor from Seoul which I'm super excited about. I asked our guesthouse in Kyoto to book a couple of restaurants for us and apart from that we don't really have much else booked.

My itinerary is jam packed and I'm slightly worried we'll be run off our feet after the first few days but it'll be worth it. I want to see everything so I'm going to make it work. Whilst Tokyo will be super busy, day and night, other places we visit will be much more chilled out as there isn't as much going on. I'm really looking forward to an evening of down time in Hakone and come the evening time I don't think Kyoto will be too manic as well.

Apart from a mishap in Naoshima I am really happy with all the accommodation I've booked. We have an airbnb in Shibuya for 5 nights followed a traditional ryokan in Hakone for a night. We've got a great looking traditional hostel come guesthouse in Kyoto for 5 nights and then a little traditional inn in Naoshima for 1 evening. I messed up when I tried to booked Benesse House which I'm still seething about because I really wanted to stay in this plush looking boutique hotel for one night. We've go an airbnb in Hiroshima for 2 nights and then a cool looking hostel in Osaka for 4 nights. Then we fly to South Korea for a few days, we spend one night in a very cute looking hostel and then we spend our final 3 nights in Seoul in a lovely looking hanok.

I've tried to mix it up with traditional places, apartments and  fun / boutique looking places whilst trying to keep prices reasonable. Our ryokan in Hakone and hanok in Seoul will definitely be the most expensive places we're staying but it'll be nice to try something super traditional, as well as having something a little fancy at the end of our trip. I really wanted to try a capsule hotel but in the end it just seemed a little impractical.

When it comes to food I can't wait for all the sushi, ramen, katsu curry and noodles. I've tried not to fixate on visiting specific restaurants as we're going to be so busy who knows when we'll be stopping for food. What I've heard from anyone is that you don't have to worry about having a bad meal in Japan because everywhere is great, I can't wait! I definitely want to try some of those cute doughnuts with faces on them!

So that's it for the plan. The itinerary I've made with our day to day plan is intense but I can't be bothered to share it here because you'll think I'm bonkers. If you've been to Japan before please do leave me some tips in the comments because I'm always keen to hear about exciting places.

Follow me on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Bloglovin'