Make Fakey Cakey the centrepiece of your ‘’Rule of Six’’ party
If there’s been any kind of silver lining to the COVID pandemic, it’s that lockdown has been the mother of invention on London’s foodie scene – restaurants have just had to find new ways to keep their businesses alive. And some of their ideas have been really inspired – and inspiring – like the Fakey Cakey from Soho’s Tokyo Diner. Although lockdown restrictions started to be lifted in the summer, the Tokyo Diner team didn’t feel they could safely reopen, but instead, they worked on an old idea – the savoury cakes their chefs had made for staff celebrations – but now made for a new audience.
And so with that flash of inspiration, Fakey Cakey was born.
What is it exactly? Well, it’s a savoury cake made from layers of shari (seasoned rice), fresh vegetables and a variety of delicious fillings. There’s 11 different types of cake from three ranges, cooked meat, fish and seafood, sashimi and vegetarian/vegan. Each one is hand-finished, beautifully decorated to make it look as good as it tastes.
The cooked range includes the Seared Salmon Fakey Cakey. Constructed with real layers of rice (turmeric, beetroot and white), cooked salmon and avocado, it’s topped with chopped egg and dashimaki tamago (Japanese omelette), and wrapped in a coat of crispy fried onions. It’s finished off with a garnish of seared salmon, carrot flowers and a little dill, and comes with a bottle of tare (sweetened, thickened soy sauce).
Like all the best Japanese food, Fakey Cakey is made with real finesse. It looks spectacular and not only has the ‘’wow factor’’, but it also has the ‘’chuckle factor’’ – you can’t help but smile when you see it for the first time. And it really does taste as good as it looks – the flavours are great, the salmon and rice lovely and moist.
A Fakey Cakey makes for a healthy and satisfying plate of food: you could make a meal out of it or maybe serve a slice as a starter. Whatever the occasion, a Fakey Cakey makes for a really memorable, Instagrammable centrepiece for any occasion from a dinner party to a big birthday party spread.
Regular Fakey Cakeys are big enough to serve 10 or 12 people but if there’s fewer of you, just put the leftovers in the fridge. When you want to eat again, cooking them up in a stir-fry gives the best results.
With dinner guest numbers now restricted to half a dozen, however, Fakey Cakey also offers a smaller ‘’Rule of Six’’ version. The regular Seared Salmon Fakey Cakey costs £119 while the ‘’Rule of Six’’ size is £69 (delivery extra) – both are good value, bearing in mind the skill, care and effort that goes into making the cakes.
Fakey Cakeys are available to order from fakeycakey.com and can be delivered within 4.5 miles of the Tokyo Diner. The plan is to expand the range to all London postcodes within the M25 very soon. Alternatively, if you’re in Soho, your cake can collected from Tokyo Diner from 11 am until 8 pm every day.
But however you get it, you can (and should) have your Fakey Cakey and eat it!
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