Casa Fofo

Modern European·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Casa Fofo

Bronze Award

Located down a nondescript street a short walk from Hackney Downs station, Casa Fofo is a tasting menu-only neighbourhood joint overseen by former Pidgin head chef Adolfo De Cecco.

It’s a curious and intimate space, which feels a bit like dining in someone’s sparsely decorated living room. There’s an open kitchen on the ground floor and room for fewer than 20 diners across a smattering of tables, while the basement boasts a single communal table, which is better suited to groups. Minimalist interiors feature sanded-down wooden floors and exposed brick walls, but there are a few homely touches, including house plants lined up on shelves and candles on the table.

The no-choice, six-course menu features some truly cutting-edge dishes, which can be supplemented by wine pairings. We loved our helping of homemade focaccia served with a pot of luminous jalapeno butter, which had all the flavour of the chilli but not too much of its fearsome heat, while a starting snack of borage tempura was addictively crispy and finished off with wild garlic flowers.

We were also impressed by the lusciously fatty cubes of pork belly, dressed with slices of carrot and a sticky blob of black apple. To finish, a loaf of house-baked bread, which had been hollowed out and filled with slightly sour mascarpone cream, ended the meal on a high note.  

Although we enjoyed what we ate, we couldn’t help thinking that Casa Fofo still has the feel of a restaurant which hasn’t quite found its identity – some of the dishes, like a wet blob of cheese topped with peas and shallot, seemed bland, while the restaurant’s atmosphere felt too serious for the casual setting.

Despite these flaws, there are flashes of brilliance here, too. And there aren’t many places where you’ll find a tasting menu for under £40, so it’s well worth hopping on the train to Hackney if you’re in the mood for some experimental dining.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Modern European
Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating

About Casa Fofo

This neighbourhood joint can be found a short walk from Dalston’s Ridley Road Market and is an intimate space, spread across two cosy floors and featuring a communal table in the basement.

The interiors are a minimalist affair, and the restaurant benefits from an open kitchen, which encourages conversation between the kitchen team and the guests. The chefs also serve your food to you at the table, adding an extra personal touch.  

Casa Fofo serves a six-course set menu, which changes regularly and majors in seasonal British dishes with European and Asian influences. Although the menu constantly changes, the dishes you might find on your visit include the likes of middlewhite pork neck with peanut, or pine with sour cherry and popcorn. If you just fancy a quick bite, there’s also a reduced snack menu available, which can be paired with affordable by-the-glass wines.    

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Location for Casa Fofo

158 Sandringham Road, London, London, E8 2HS

020 3021 0747

Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:30-14:00
Sun 12:30-14:00
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-21:30
Thu 18:00-21:30
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun 18:00-21:30

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