We’ve banged on about Leytonstone’s hottest destination forever, it seems. And yet still we don’t tire of its vibes – the excellent vinyl choons as the night progresses, moreish craft booze selection, fun people-watching.
And thus we drift like tipsy sheep night in, night out, for a snifter or two on the way home (especially now it’s open till midnight at the weekends).
And yet it’s those small plates that have really put the venue on East London’s food map. Which is why we were sad to hear that the Sho Foo Doh residency is finally coming to end.
Let’s pause to remember those chicken wings glazed with ponzu, honey, aonori (seaweed) and chilli sauce, and exquisite, perfectly pin-boned fillets of mackerel tempura with sour plum and shiso. As for the down-in-one tuna tacos that crunch on the tongue? 100% yum. Oh, and you always need to order the deep-fried cauliflower, too.
“His popularity has been pretty overwhelming since we opened up the kitchen back in April last year, but it was always a pop-up so at the end of this month it will close at FB,” says head honcho Simon.
“It’s been absolutely amazing having Fumio Tanga here, and we couldn’t have wished for a better chef and friend to work with, but it’s now time for him to head to Japan for a long overdue family visit. We’ll of course be sad to see Fumio leave us but we’re excited to announce that one of his team, Sophie Tang, will be taking over the kitchen for three months from 1st June with her Tangy’s pop-up (@tangystastystuff).”
Sophie’s pan-Asian style of small plates have “graced the kitchens and forecourts of the Duke’s Head Highgate, Beavertown Tottenham, the Barrel Project Bermondsey and the Prince Wood Green amongst others,” says Simon, and dishes will include tofu curry and chicken curry. “We can’t wait to share the menu with you,” he says. Neither can we.