Jason Allen 02/01/24

Sho Foo Doh at Pretty Decent Beer Co.

The Pretty Decent Beer Co. have a pretty decent pop up in their taproom kitchen.

It’s called Sho Foo Doh, and it’s a Japanese street food outfit that specialises in Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki – that is a layered savoury pancake, stuffed with layers upon layers of meats & vegetables like a culinary game of Jenga. It’s been such a hit there that the residency has moved from merely popping up, to saying in the kitchen at the brewery taproom indefinitely.

The man behind it all is Fumio Tanga, who was the first to bring bring Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki to London a decade ago. Here, he’s turned the PDBC taproom, which is located in a beautiful old brick railway arch in Forest Gate, into his own Japanese-style izakaya. He’s armed it all with simple, stripped back decor with festoon lights, and some authentic banners & lanterns from Fumio’s grandparents’ confectionery shop in Hiroshima in the ’60s.

In honour of the residency being extended indefinitely, he’s drummed up a new menu for the new year, including the likes of:

– Pork, Kimchi & Cheddar Okonomiyaki
– Deep Fried Oyster, Tartare & Worcestershire Sauce Okonomiyaki
– Sesame Panko Crusted Cauliflower with Garlic Soy
– Mackerel with Bonito Dashi & Pickled Vegetable
– Chicken Wings Seasoned with Ponzu, Honey, Aonori, & Chilli

And to wash it all down, you can obviously get a relatively fresh beer too, as well as Japanese whiskies, a couple of cocktails, East London Liquor Company spirits, and even a few wines.

You may end up extending your own stay there, too.


NOTE: Sho Foo Doh is popping up at The Pretty Decent Beer Co. taproom indefinitely. There are no bookings. You can find out more at the website right here.

Pretty Decent Beer Co | 340 Sheridan Rd, London E7 9EF

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Sho Foo Doh at Pretty Decent Beer Co.

340 Sheridan Rd, Forest Gate, Forest Gate, E7 9EF

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