Freak Scene

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FREAK SCENE - Restaurant & Bar
Pan Asian sharing plates
Food With Finesse for Friends and Family
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London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Genuinely novel and exciting asian cuisine, well thought-out flavour combinations, not just fusion for the sake of it. Bit disappointed there was no draft beer available (problem with taps, and selection a little limited anyway), but a nice choice of Sakes and quality backing soundtrack (including underappreciated Aussie legends The Triffids) made up for it. Prompt and friendly service.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Place has completely changed. I assume it’s closing shortly as no wine, a lot of the menu missing and ingredients terrible eg crab wontons stuffed with brown crab and avocado. Don’t go.

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MG
Berlin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

It is not a restaurant with tables to sit , it is more a fast food Restaurant to sit around the bar.
Food is ok but small portions and expensive.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Freak Scene is indeed a 'scene', offering fast paced service, great tunes, a lively open kitchen environment, and most importantly, delicious innovative food. I had the sashimi pizza and a new roast pork and prawn salad that was one of the best balanced dishes of my life.

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BL
London
79 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We arrived promptly for a pre-theatre meal. The time slot of one and a half hours sounded strict so we were early and got there at 5. Thank goodness we did. Just about managed to get out by 7. The staff are just lovely here but it all felt a bit chaotic with several missing items on the food and drinks menu and dishes took quite a while to come. We could see the lovely chef working like a crazy man in the distance. Maybe someone hadn’t turned up. Having said that, we asked for the house chips and jalapeño sauce to start and were told they didn’t have any and that it was a 2 hour preparation time! We were dumbfounded....even more so when I later found I’d been charged for them but I think that was just an honest mistake. However this was a Saturday night in Soho! Some forward planning was necessary here. If this all sounds negative I have absolutely nothing bad to say about Freakscene. The staff are so charming and the food is marvellous. Best things to try are: pickles, curried duck buns, whole cabbage with miso, chilli crab wonton bombs, slow braised ribs, aubergine & walnuts although I think the menu evolves and changes and everything we saw looked good. The portions are not big (apart from the cabbage) so get plenty of rice as a filler. Drinks are lovely although nothing’s cheap. Despite all these observations we had an excellent evening and we will be back!

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SS
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food. Bar eating venue with eclectic Asian themes. Bar stool style seating as opposed to traditional restaurant seating. Got to see chefs prepare the food and engage in banter if you want. Will defo come again. Chatted to owners - v cool people with pride and sense of humour !

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D
London
25 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, really something special, combined with energetic music, friendly staff, and a very 'cool' bar dining experience. Really highly recommended.

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OD
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I found out about this place about 2 months ago and already been there 3 times. I tried almost everything on the menu and loved everything, including the grilled cabbage even if I am usually not a fan. Service is good and everyone always have a big smile on their face.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really surprised to find it half empty at 8pm on a Saturday. An undiscovered gem of soho perhaps??

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

After a website making a fuss about how long you could stay I expected a buzz of some kind. However, I was the only person in the place for at least half an hour when another solo diner turned up. Luckily the food was very good. Australian chef perhaps. Uncomfortable ‘perched’ seating on a high stool (no back) will get you out of there fast. That’s the idea, right.

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AL
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Freak Scene was amazing - from the friendly service to the INCREDIBLE food. I kept telling the staff (we were on sat on the counter watching the chef's at work) how great the food was. I went for the chicken-fried chicken and was blown away. Highly recommended - go now!

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FF
London
20 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really clever, beautifully presented food, in a relax atmosphere. Knowledgeable, friendly staff and great service.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Friendly staff but over worked, trying their best. Resulted in slower than preferred service. Food ok. Enjoyable casual dining experience.

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R
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soooooo delish as always! Love the new menu items. Thai mackerel was en pointe.

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and we enjoyed watching the chefs prepare it. It’s a casual counter top only set up, so good for 2 but not so much for larger groups.
Will definitely return.

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J
London
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, crab wontons & duck curry both fantastic.

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OD
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Second time I go there and every time I end up leaving super happy and super full. Amazing food, great atmosphere and nice deco.
Service is a bit slow, but not enough to change my review.

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C
London
14 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so good, we proposed to the chef (he politely declined). Highly recommend this place. Great for a Friday night catch up with friends.

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AB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding- every dish was the most delicious assault on the taste buds and each was very different. I'm not a fan of chunky chips, but these were crispy, creamy and potato tasting served with a great yuzi dip. The aubergines melted in the mouth, as did the scallops. The chicken and the pork belly were crispy skinned and the meat was succulent. We were persuaded to try the cabbage (not a likely success- we both went to public schools), but it was stunning and we polished it off with undue haste. With each of the dishes there was wonderful sauce/jus/dip, etc that perfectly complemented the main ingredient and by itself left you trying to work out what went into it. Even the Freak Scene IPA, brewed to enhance the flavours of their dishes, did exactly that.

Scott and his team looked after us perfectly- we will definitely be going back, and soon!

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BH
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable Saturday lunch . Delightful Avocado and crab , salmon, pork belly and more , friendly and attentive service . We loved it .

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and vibes, original and fun place

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BW
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was epic. All the food was amazing but the standout was the beef tataki - delicious.

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KM
London
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good but not outstanding. The restaurant is very loud with rock, punk, and alternative greats blasting throughout. Service was extremely attentive and fun to interactive with. All-in a fun restaurant, but if you're a serious foodie, it's unlikely to make your top 10.

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k
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My third visit here and it still proves to be a popular destination. The restaurant was packed and the noise level was high but it created a good buzz about the place. The food was delicious with only one dish falling below outstanding (this was a brand new dish and may need a bit of tweaking). We ate crab wontons, hot tuna, chicken with peanut sauce, garlic baked mushrooms, red shrimp (a bit bitter because of the char) and pointed cabbage which was the dish of the night. Staff were stretched but cheery and helpful. Could have done with our plates being changed frequently between dishes to stop flavours being muddled but this is only a tiny gripe. A brilliant restaurant and divine food. 😋

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TM
London
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and music is great, suits the relaxed vibe and open kitchen style. The food is RIDICULOUS - the beef, pork, scallops... you name it. Proper eye closing sensual experience, and on top of all that you the waiters and even chefs are so friendly and helpful at talking you through the menu and what they're making and how. Will be coming back again and again.

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SJ
Cambridge
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tasty inventive food served at a counter. The chef and staff are very friendly and the cocktails are delicious!

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l
London
22 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great find, very interesting, creative and tasty food! Nice decor and friendly chef (Alberto) made our evening.
They were a bit short on staff when we went, so service and attentiveness were a bit lacking, but overall we had a good time. Most of the portions are quite small.
They is only bar/stool seating so fine for smallish groups. We booked a table but had to wait quite a long time to be seated.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The waitstaff was completely inattentive and I had to ask for a basic cocktail 4 times (while sat at the bar) and still never received it. Though they tried to place it on the bill, they were willing to remove the charge.

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OD
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fun, good food and good ambience. Love the salmon sashimi "pizzas" and the chilli crab wonton and cabbage dishes. Would go back for a quick bite. Small drawback that service was a bit slow when busy though

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MJ
London
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Keep on coming back and bringing friends over.

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great small plate, counter restaurant. Staff make a genuine effort to make sure you’re comfortable. Maitre d’ is very good at his job. Food is all really interesting and tasty, with a focus on quality ingredients. Overall perfect place for two; layout means that I can’t imagine that it would accommodate groups well.

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F
London
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small busy restaurant with the most amazing food and really friendly staff. Would highly recommend.

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AL
London
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals I’ve had in London! 👌Well cooked, presented and enjoyable!

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MJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bringing all my friends to this place - just amazing and the owners are the friendliest, kindest people. Keep it up guys! It's a pleasure to spend my money there :o)

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RT
London
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service from behind the counter was slow, we had to keep calling the waitress rather than her checking on us. Food was great quality but very small portions, disappointing for the expensive prices. Beer was expensive (£5 for a schooner, 2/3 pint) and not particularly good.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and and ambience! Loved the black cod tacos and the cauliflower!

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p
London
16 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Tuesday night was a bit quiet. Food was amazing though!

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cocktails. Good food. Not cheap but great value for money. Brunch bento is fun. Sashimi pizza and the crumpets side order are the best.

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food, enjoyed every dish. Reasonable prices, service ok, would drop in again if I was in the neighbourhood.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a couples dinner, only bar seating so not great for large groups. Food was exceptional and service was brilliant. Different and varied menu is great for trying lots of different dishes and ideal if you like sharing with your partner.

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