Scott Hallsworth to open permanent Freak Scene in Soho

By Sophie Witts

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Scott Hallsworth to open permanent Freak Scene in Soho
Kurobuta founder Scott Hallsworth is to open a permanent iteration of his pan-Asian pop-up Freakscene in London’s Soho this month.

The ex-Nobu head chef has taken on the former Barrafina site on Frith Street, most recently home to Adam Simmond’s Test Kitchen,​ ​for the opening on 29 March.

Hallsworth launched Freak Scene as a pop-up in Farringdon​ ​last July after cutting ties with Kurobuta, the ‘rock and roll izayaka’ group he founded in London in 2014.

He began a crowdfunding campaign in January to open a permanent site and failed to hit the £22,000 target​, ​but hinted that the restaurant would continue.

The Soho menu will include a number of dishes from the original pop-up, including fried chicken with peanut soy and cucumber pickles; as well as new additions such as a foie gras crossiant with star anise jus; and a crispy nori cone with tea smoked beef fillet, pickled onions and wasabi cream.

Diners will have a choice of sitting on stools at the bar overlooking the open kitchen, or at a ledge around the edge of the restaurant. Guests can either watch the chefs at work on the robata grill, or enjoy replays of the Japanese game show Takeshi’s Castle – which will be projected on to the wall.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve found a permanent home for Freak Scene, and I think Soho is the perfect spot for us,” says Hallsworth.

“We can’t wait to fire up the grills and introduce our take on Japanese small plates to a whole new part of London.”

Hallsworth worked at Nobu in London for six years until 2007 and helped launch the high-end Japanese group in Melbourne, Australia.

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