Casa Fofó

4.9
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£26 to £40
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Eurasian
Casa Fofó is a small neighbourhood eatery in Clapton, by former head chef of Pidgin in Hackney.
The restaurant serves a 6-course tasting menu with a focus on natural and low intervention wines.
A reduced snack menu will also be available for those wanting a small bite to accompany the wines on their curated wine list.
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JL
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a fantastic dinner - the food was inventive as well as just very tasty. Great ingredients, new ways, fun but precise presentation. One of the best meals I had this year!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Tried to book Casa Fofo for a month as there was considerable buzz surrounding it. Really exciting to see more fine dining/experimental restaurants opening in East Ldn but was disappointed with lack of creativity of the menu, slow service and value for money. We had the tasting menu wit wine pairing. Wine pairing was weak, understandably they use organic/sustainable wines but didn’t really match the dishes. They added extras in the tasting menu and didn’t mention it was for additional price, so we ended up paying for more than we were prepared. Staff asked if we are ready for cheese or want charcuterie but didn’t make it clear it was extra. We also sat downstairs in a quite cold room around a counter seating. It was far from the convivial atmosphere they aimed to create as we often found ourselved wondering when someone would come downstairs again to check on us, bring us our next drinks or plates. Most disappointing part of the evening was the dishes though, the fish in a ceviche was hard to chew, the roast pork was lazy (can have the same in a pub) oven baked cheese was even more lazy for desert. The charcuterie platter which was an extra was disasteous, basically just grease the whole plate was white. The service was delayed and felt a bit rushed whenever they came downstairs to explain the dishes. There are many good restaurants within the same price range that are much better value for money in the area, highly recommend Pidgin for example. While we appreciate the effort it’s a bit too ambitious to call it a revelation.

BS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very friendly and knew their stuff. Food was great too. Very much enjoyed it.

LN
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This small restaurant in Hackney serves an exciting and lovely prepared set menu, served by the chefs. Dishes were packed with lots of Japanese umami flavours: there were a couple of dashi based broths which, combined with other flavours such as sesame and mushrooms, were a delight for the tastebuds. The main course of pork with pear was a great combination. Nori ice cream was the only low point - too adventurous for our liking - but it may appeal to some. The dessert including shitaki mushrooms was a success, so the experimentation paid off in that instance. The wines are mostly bio-dynamic / low intervention and were a bit light with too little complexity for my liking, but they worked well with the dishes. Overall, a superb place for fine dining and one of the best places to eat in Hackney.

F
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening at Casa Fofó for my partner's 30th. Food was AMAZING with virtually every course a real stop-you-in-your-tracks experience. Hugely clever, witty and unforgettable plates. Delightful service from a very knowledgeable and personable young sommelier/maitre d'/FoH, and the chef's bringing different courses to your table. Open kitchen and small space made it feel very friendly, informal, and welcoming. And I think brilliantly value for the quality and the quantity of the experience.

All fairly adventurous and you don't get to choose - it's just the same 7-9 course tasting menubfot everyone - so it's one for the foodies, not for a mixed-ability crowd. But it was really stunning, one of the best meals I've ever had.

MC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and attentive, hospitable service. Beautiful evening

f
London
8 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Amazing food, will return. But the counter seating was in fact shared tables in the basement, which we did not expect. The shared table was fine, the basement musty smell and the noise from the next table were tiring.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good food, a little crammed And busy for the space available. Nice people. Lovely night with in all. Would go again

VS
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Loved it. Great vegetarian tasting menu. Will go back!

BG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Must-go to place in Hackney - get there before it gets too big! Fantastic food - I've been there a few times now, and I've always been surprised by the choice of food. 10/10

R
London
44 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second meal at Casa F was again an exploration of taste - monkfish with sliced grape, celeriac a revelation, beef with beets - all beautifully explained and wine paired. All just five minute walk from home!

T
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in town with inventive cuisine and natural wines !

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experience ever , fantastic service and excellent cuisine! :) a must go and repeat for sure

JC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and lovely service. Outstanding, thoughtful wine pairing. We'll be back!

CP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Unpleasant experience with hosts that brought the uptight unaccommodating air of Parisian service to Hackney.... We were sat at the “counter” which is in fact a table in the freezing cold basement. Very deceptive to be told over the phone it was the “counter”....

The food seems cheap at £39 pp set menu but then you pay an extra £7 twice for two extra dishes... and with a bottle of wine (their wine list is poor value for the price) on top, our bill for two was £200. The food and wine is nowhere near as good as Pidgin - where we dined the following night for the same price.... all meat was overcooked or gristly...

Very underwhelming and disappointing - the many good reviews this restaurant has are probably due to a younger less experienced client base who are attracted to a £39 pp set menu.....

Oh and the wine pairing has wines that are not for sale on the normal list (which we were not told) so when we tried to order off list (a glass or a bottle) it was a flat non - with zero effort to try and accommodate us.... frustrating and exactly as you would expect in an uptight French establishment... and exactly what you go to Hackney to get away from....

LO
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favourite local in Hackney. We‘ve been several times now, and have been dazzled and impressed each time! The wine pairings are always a hit. A real winner.

EA
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we’ve been, I took my wife for her birthday. We both absolutely loved it. Every dish was fantastic, even the ones with ingredients that I had thought I wouldn’t like. Service was sublime, the chefs bring you your food and explain each dish. You can watch them cooking and tell that they are having a great time. Would highly recommend!! Thank you.

G
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food however the length of wait, over 1 hour, to get our first course was the reason for the 4 stars not 5. Lovely friendly ambience.

MR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing!! Such good value for money and every course and wine pairing was sensational!

BR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. This was the second time.
They are just passionate about their food, so 'get with the programme', listen to what they are saying and they will tailor the food to your taste - veggie, fishy, meaty. Then they'll offer the right wine to go with your choice. And it will be good, I guarantee.
And the wine? you'll never have heard of it but it's carefully selected and is just right.
Nice too that you can see the chefs at work - the open kitchen is a stage and the performance is all part of the experience.
And the food? Well, get in there and get ready to be delighted.

b
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It's my second time at Casa Fofo'. The food is excellent ! Very interesting combinations.
I loved the fennel ice cream with persimmons.

CF
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very much appreciated that staff made us feel welcome as normal people, experiencing a fancier meal than we normally would.

E
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice little restaurantwith exposed bricks, nice low level lighting and "open plan kitchen" directly in the restaurant. Tables were tightly packed, which I guess it's the price to say for the, great value tasting menu. Service was very friendly, although I strongly suspect there was a mistake with our wine pairing (at least two other tables were given a cloudy white wine with the jerusalem artichokes, we were given a South African red - not a bad combo, as i t went with the eargthiness of the artichokes, but not perfect, as the sauce was tangy/sharp and it had fish caviar). The dishes were all pretty good, especially the lamb main course. At just over £150 for two with wine pairing, can't really complain.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Food was amazing, creative, clever and delicious!
Service is personal and friendly. :)

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lot of restaurants claim to make the dining experience personal “like you are eating in our home” Casa Fofó actually delivers on this. The taster menu was varied and fantastic, the cooks deliver each course to your table and tell you about each dish. Attention to detail is fantastic, every dish looking as good as it tastes. The wine list is unusual, but refreshingly simple and un-intimidating- one sparkling (a Riesling but not too sweet), three white, three red, one orange, one desert all but two available by the glass. When I asked for something a little stronger at the end of the meal the waiter made me his take on a negroni which was delicious and balanced. You really feel looked after here. Go before they get too popular and move to a bigger venue!

AB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A modest restaurant with a five star food experience - blending Asian themes with European ingredients this was a wonderful and unexpected evening of food prepared by Sam and his team, and outstanding service paired with wine pairings explained by Marika.

K
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Loved it, interesting combinations of ingredients with great taste
Only negative point would be that it took quite a while in between courses (i.e. on average 20 mins or so before we got the next course) making it quite a long sitting

Keep up the good work!

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I have had in London. Everything was perfect and staff were so lovely. Would highly recommend saying YES to the cheese course. It was amazing.

JG
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful again.. An evening full of food discoveries and subtle arrangements. The team is exceptional as well. One of the rare place where the atmosphere and the food is at its top.

AJ
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had a great time at Casa Fofó and really enjoyed the food!

ES
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, such a reasonable price. Couldn't recommend more.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, a fantastic tasting menu with inventive dishes and excellent wine pairing

OT
London
17 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful little restaurant tucked away in Hackney. Food was excellent- every mouthful a burst of new flavours. Immense.

L
London
24 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Charcuterie was a let down. Only 3 tiny bits of salty fat. C’mon guys. Yeast and whipped butter was ok. Leeks, carrots and chicken dishes were outstanding. Beef was gristly and broccoli so bitter it ruined my palate for desserts. Not as accomplished as Nest but good effort. Service and wine all very nice.

SW
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding meal and brilliant service. Great value for the level of skill on display from the kitchen. Interesting flavour combinations, but never at the expense of deliciousness. One of my meals of 2019 - I will definitely be back.

SP
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It's always a hit or miss with set menus. This was exceptional and great price/quality.
The staff were super friendly and knowledgeable with the wine which is also great.
Loved it and will be coming back soon!

c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, great value for money in London. Reduced Closed menu. Nice short wine list... Every week menu changes... I will come back!!!

BV
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is amazing and it is an incredible value for money (even more if you choose the pairing wines). Probably one of my best meals in the last year!

DP
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such wonderful food! I don't have the words to express how much I enjoyed eating here.
I want to spend an hour writing about the food alone but that would do a disservice to the excellence of every other aspect of this restaurant.
Very engaging, enthusiastic and informative staff. I loved that the chefs would bring the dishes out to us personally, they clearly take so much pride in their work.
I'm also a big fan of restaurants with an open kitchen, it was a pleasure to watch them work.
Extremely good value for what you get. This is the cheapest tasting menu I have come across and yet it is easily one of the most delicious.
I loved my evening here and I cannot wait to come again!
Will be recommending to everyone!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was delicious and made with a creative mix of ingredients from around the world. Good service. Each dish was explained. Open kitchen was also interesting to see. Apparently they change their set menu regularly so will definitely be back!