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Freak Scene

Restaurants, Pan-Asian Soho
2 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

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A Pan Asian pop-up gone permanent from ex-Nobu chef Scott Hallsworth.

Freak Scene is a small, much-hyped Japanese-Pan Asian fusion restaurant known for wacky dishes like ‘sashimi pizza’. It’s counter dining only, and it’s cool: there’s a projector, manga-style posters on the walls, and hipster music on the stereo. It’s all the brain child of Scott Hallsworth, former head chef of Nobu (and also owner of Japanese dude food joint Kurobuta).

Off a wordy small plates menu, the bao-like pork sausage bun with spicy mayo was delicious. The ‘patty’, though it was from land, not sea, had the spongy-yet-fragrant air of a Thai fish cake, and came with some tangy pickled cucumbers and crushed peanuts for texture. But everything else was sadly too sweet, or drowning in sauce. I loved the idea of the crab wonton ‘bombs’ (their crispy yellow casing was like a cross between a taco and one of those Insta-famous bubble waffles), but there was so much sweet chilli sauce in them you couldn’t taste the meat. The chicken-fried chicken (cooked in bird broth) was well cooked, but again, too much peanut sauce, while the salmon on that famous pizza was delicious on its own, but ironically, the dish this time needed sauce (something creamy to complement the textures of the soft fish and the hard taco-like base, perhaps).

The menu at Freak Scene is undoubtedly creative, but sadly most of the dishes fell flat. Go for a drink and the novelty of it all – and definitely get that pork sausage bun.

By: Kelly Pigram

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Address: 54 Frith Street
London
W1D 4SL
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Rd
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £100.
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