The name means ‘lucky child’, but the delicious drinks and dishes on offer at this über-cool Japanese bar makes us Britomart bar-goers the fortunate ones.
Tucked away down Tyler Street, Fukuko is a wee gem of a neighbourhood bar specialising in cocktails based on shochu. This traditional Japanese spirit lends itself to gorgeously-flavoured infusions, taking on and enhancing whatever flavours you marry it to: Earl Grey or juniper, chargrilled pineapple or cucumber, raisin or berry.
Fukuko’s cocktail list offers its own take on the classics, like a Japanese gimlet using a triple citrus infusion or the Pimm’s-chanelling Fukuko No. 1 Cup, infused with orange and sweet vermouth.
As well as the wide range of shochu – which can also be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or digestif – Fukuko offers an extensive sake list, Kirin on tap and the biggest range of Japanese whiskies in New Zealand.
Japanese-inspired bar food
The fitout is a cool fusion of raw and polished; waxed concrete and plaster are offset with oiled timber and industrial steel mesh. The walls glow with jewel-like vessels of infused shochu, with backlit resin tables and reversed-pelt stools injecting a shot of casual glamour.
Fukuko styles itself a ‘shochu and snack bar’, but ‘snack’ is far too modest a term for its range of delightful small plates, which blend Kiwi and Japanese food styles into elegantly scoffable morsels.
Wagyu sliders, steam pork buns, Japanese hot dogs and tasty tacos – the food, like the place itself, is fast and fun and entirely conducive to an excellent night out.