Notes: Shoku Notes: Shoku

Most places that claim to serve fusion do so because of an identity crisis. At Shoku, though, the mix and match approach when it comes to Asia (if it’s tasty, stick it on the menu!) feels rational and put together.

Never short of custom, locals gather inside a bright, contemporary space to slurp down bowls of ramen, share shoku bowls or click chopsticks over small plates of dim sum and wonton – and why the hell not? At Shoku, the best bet is to follow a spray and pray approach and order as many plates as possible. For us:

Lightly seared, boiled gyoza dumplings

Crunchy, sweet potato fries with a kimchi mayo

Fried baby octopi with Thai dressing, pickled mango and cucumber

21-day aged rib-eye beef with parsley root puree, kale, a rich kabayaki sauce and beautifully chewy shitake mushrooms

And finally, a jasmine cheesecake with little blobs of matcha – good on the plate, even better on the palate.

A jack-of-all-trades it might be, but Shoku have mastered every angle of their varied menu. Matched with its cosmopolitan vibe and polished service and you have a venue of serious note: enjoying it is easy, leaving isn’t.

ul. Karolkowa 30,

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