From the outside, Fu’s Repair Shop doesn’t look like much. Actually, you can’t even tell it’s a restaurant. The windows are papered up and the only telling that it’s a business is the neon “open” sign hanging in the window. It’s one of those places where you have to be in the know, and judging by the 45-minute wait on a Thursday evening, a lot of people are in the know.
The small, dark, neon-lit space has about 10 closely-situated tables and bar seating. The next challenge after getting a table is choosing a drink from the cocktail list, which boasts 11 options. Order the Cherry Blossom if you’re in the mood for a sip of something sweet. It’s made with sake, elderflower liqueur, sugar, lemon and cherry juices, and citrus bitters. The drink appears small, but it holds 2.75 ounces of alcohol. It’s also served with a fresh stem of baby’s breath pinned to the cup’s rim.
A majority of the dishes are meant for sharing. We tried the daily vegetarian dumpling special, tangerine meat balls, pork wontons in chili oil and a single side of steamed rice.
The plating of each dish was so pleasing, we almost didn’t want to dig in, but our hunger got the best of us. The meatballs are large, but only come with three servings which is almost a crime for how sweet and tangy they are. The pork wontons were cooked to perfection, but be warned that the chili oil brings the heat. The vegetarian dumplings and the steamed rice complemented the meat dishes. The portions are perfect for sharing and the menu mainly consists of small plates, however, there is a section of five larger main dishes.
Make sure you visit Fu’s with an empty stomach, and be ready to wait in line for a table.