Adolfo De Cecco is the former head chef at the acclaimed Dalston restaurant Pidgin.
And now, after making a lot of people rather peckish, he’s flown the coop to start his own place (and taken a few former staff under his wing, too).
That restaurant is Casa Fofó, named after his grandfather. It’s a cosy sleeve space in Hackney, kitted-out with wood & bare brick – the only wall adornment is an angular iron shelf covered in wine & greenery. Out back there’s a small garden for when the weather is feeling generous, and there’s a single, huge, handsome communal table in the basement which almost doubles the capacity of the venue.
At the back of the main, ground floor space however, you can see the open kitchen where De Cecco himself will be expertly assembling that day’s menu. And to be clear, we mean that specific day. There’s a new menu every morning and – as with Pidgin – it’s a tasting menu only. Thankfully, they all come in at a thoroughly reasonable £39 for six courses.
Those courses take the form of inventive dishes like crab with almond & monks beard; pink fir potatoes with kimchi & claytonia (aka ‘miner’s lettuce’); middle white pork neck with peanut; and pine with sour cherry and popcorn. They make as much as possible in-house, even the charcuterie. It’s all globally inspired, and ever-changing, so you really should expect anything.
There’s some nice low-intervention wine to go with all of this, and they’re making their own house version of ratafia, a sweet liqueur made with fruit, herbs, and nuts.
In short, this casa is definitely su casa.
NOTE: Casa Fofó is open Wed-Thurs 6-9.30pm; Fri 6-10pm; Sat 1-2pm and 6-10pm; Sun 1-2pm and 6-9.30pm. You can book at table by emailing Info@casafofolondon.co.uk or calling 020 8062 2489, and check out their Instagram feed HERE.
Casa Fofó | 158 Sandringham Road, E8 2HS
Like the sound of this place? Check out the mothership that is Pidgin.