After a surprise exit from the successful Kurobuta, which started as pop-up and became so popular that it never went away, chef Scott Hallsworth has gone back to his roots with another Asian-inspired pop-up called Freak Scene, this time in Farringdon. The space is simple and super-chilled…we’re talking stools and tables, no decor and currently no booze license (though they’re more than happy for you to bring your own) but there is an open kitchen so you can see the master at work.
All the effort has gone into the food and bloody good it is too. The menu is short and designed for sharing with new dishes being added regularly; between two we got through three quarters of it with ease so if you went in a four (or just really, really hungry) you could defo order everything. There’s a strong presence of Japanese flavours, from the tuna sashimi pizza with truffle ponzu (that you may have seen at Kurobuta) to the insanely moreish miso aubergine with caramelised walnuts but Hallsworth has also drawn inspiration from across Asia…red curry of duck with lychees and chicken-fried chicken with a sweet and sticky peanut soy sauce were both great dishes.
Freak Scene was opened with a three-month stint in mind but the cooking’s so good, we hope it sticks around for a lot, lot longer…we’ve got our fingers crossed. ? Le freak, c’est Chic ?
91 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6BH