Because our town wouldn't be very funky without exotic influences, try Funky Asia, now soft-open in Shoreditch. From a pair who between them have had stints at spots including Roka, Cocochan, and Nobus in London, NY, Tokyo, and Milan, this low-lit haunt fuses a continent's worth of cuisine in a two-floor space marked by mixed wood & steel tables, scattered Chesterfields, and an entrance dominated by dozens of multi-coloured lights, a feature sure to stop traffic.
Start by popping small bites like beef tataki w/ Vietnamese honey soy, soft-shell crab tempura w/ jalapeno mayo, and spicy, lime-dipped, usuzuki-style whitefish, sliced so thin it's almost transparent, thus totally ruining your hilarious "see food?" joke. Get hefty with Korean-spiced lamb racks, ume-truffle-sauced beef fillets, and Viet-style sea bream, as well as a selection of Toban dishes (beef, salmon, mushroom, etc.) roasted on their own ceramic plates, keeping the food hot, and patrons who touch said plates very uncool.
The all-original bar menu's inspired by Asia's more notable neighborhoods, e.g., the shochu, sake & green tea liqueur Shibuya (Tokyo's bright-lights entertainment district), and, named for the "most extreme area in Bangkok", the Patpang, with mint, rum, apple, and "seven-flavour chilli" -- sure to burn your Lipps, Inc.