Casa Fofó

4.9
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114 reviews
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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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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
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4.8
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4.6
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4.8
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C
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A third dinner at Casa Fofo and still as good as the first. Their creative menu of different flavours and styles continues to tantalise the tastebuds with one or two standout plates each time that live long in the memory. It's a fun and friendly spot with great service and a general enthusiasm for the dining experience that makes this a real joy to look forward to. Long may it last.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite dim sum location in London

TW
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Amazing fine dining food at very affordable prices.

Y
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I don't normally write reviews, but Casa Foto was amazing, I had read other reviews ahead of booking and had expected the food to be good. But it was so much better, amazing flavours, presentation, lovely staff , even the chef serves the food. A real surprising find in Hackney. The cooking was sublime, and could easily be served at any top end restaurant in the West End.

KG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant was a real gem, so cute and romantic. Exceptional service, the food was so creative and tasty. Loved how chef brought over his creations and explained what we were eating. It was a great experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite evenings at a restaurant ever. Delightful food, delightful service. Thank you.

TD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely delicious menu... loved every dish.
Sat downstairs which lacks atmosphere, but the food and service more than made up for it.

LB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just an excellent meal. Lovely food, great ambience and service. We all thoroughly enjoyed it! The only small suggestion to improve would be to widen the non-alcoholic drink selection beyond just water. A non-alcoholic beer option would be good, and certainly a choice of soft drinks. But that was a minor gripe on an otherwise near-perfect dining experience.

SO
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Everything was great, the only issue potentially was that we were on a share table in the downstairs room rather than a single table of four - having said that, that's incredibly nit-picky because everything was excellent.

AJ
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service with explanations in detail of the wine pairing. Food was well presented and very tasty. Would definitely recommend to a friend!

J
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a wonderful place. Kind, attentive and passionate staff, coupled with imaginative, daring and fundamentally delicious food. This is a Hackney gem.

AL
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They prepared an exclusive Vegan menu for us and it was delicious. Their service felt extremely professional while coming across as familiar and cozy.

T
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Yes I would, really enjoyed the meal and experience

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Genius. Bring everyone you know from your Nan to your Ex!

NV
London
12 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely superb seven course meal and tasting wines. Exceptional and creative dishes. Brilliant tasting wines and a wonderful atmosphere in this small restaurant. Incredible meal - one of my very best in 2019. Thank you talented team of Casa Fo-Fo. Nichola x

MS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place, amazing experience! Definitely will be one of our neighbourhood staples!

B
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My 4th visit to Casa Fofo and each time the food has been excellent and with a different menu each time.
The wine pairing is also very good and such good value. Will definitely recommend to friends

B
London
12 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Enjoyed the tasting menu. Excellent service. Lovely wines. Really good value. Would recommend for the creative and tasty menu. We will be back!

JL
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
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.

MC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food and attentive, hospitable service. Beautiful evening

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.

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
6 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
7 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.