Top Korean Restaurants to Visit in London
Posted on December 16 2016
Have you heard of the foods bibimbap, pajeon and kimchi? In recent years Korean cuisine has witnessed a huge surge in popularity in both London and across the globe. With bibimbap bowls of rice and veg, spicy noodles, barbequed meats Londoners are increasingly seeking out new, trendy Korean restaurants to visit when dining out with friends old and new. They truly can not get enough of this taste-bud tingling cuisine.
While Korean cuisine dates back thousands of years but it is constantly evolving with new London restaurants adding new twists and variety to authentic, healthy Korean recipes. With an emphasis placed on dynamic textures, flavours and originality there is a something for everyone whether you are looking for Barbecue or healthy veggie dishes. As we all head out for dinner during the festive season, here are Yuki’s Top Korean Restaurants that you should pay a visit to in London this Christmas. Remember, whatever restaurant you decide to visit, you must try everyone’s favourite Korean speciality: kimchi (fermented cabbage, stewed in a chilli sauce)!
An alternative and contemporary take on traditional Korean cuisine, JinJuu (run by the celebrity chef Judy Joo) is located in the heart of Soho. Renowned for its ‘Jin Chick’, these gorgeously crispy chicken thighs with a sweet chilli sauce are enough to make any mouth water and certainly worth the price. With an array of adapted platters to share and interesting cocktails to purchase at the stylish ground floor bar dining area JinJuu is the perfect place for dinner after work with friends. There is even a resident DJ on select evenings if you plan on staying out late.
A large Korean restaurant and take away on High Holborn, Kimchee's expansive space is partitioned by looming black wood screens; there’s counter seating along the floor to ceiling windows à la Busaba Eathai, the rest being benches and large shared tables in the style of Wagamama. The menu is a good one for fans of fiery Korean cooking, with a lot of the crowd-pleasing classics such as dolsot bibimbap (rice cooked in a hot stone bowl with various toppings) and meaty barbeques (all cooked in the kitchen with its open grill, not at the table). Other options include barbequed pork belly, skewers of beef tongue and mixed namul, consisting of pickled radish, seasoned bean sprouts and spinach.
On the Bab, Covent Garden
For those seeking a more casual dining setting to test out Korean Cuisine, On the Bab in Covent Garden is the place for you offering Korean Street Food. With a number of much loved, traditional Korean dishes (their bibimbap, buns, Korean fried chicken should be the top of your list) mixed among modern cuisine at this restaurant you really get a flavour of the Asian culture and Korean lifestyle. Also, if you don’t have time to sit down, On the Bab offers a takeaway service!
Koba opened way back in 2005, making it one of London’s most established Korean restaurants. With just the right amount of spice added to all their dishes; their beef is marinated to perfection! Koba is a reliable option if you are looking to try out some Korean food. It’s sleek and modern interior makes it a versatile setting for meeting business
clients for lunch or heading out for dinner with your family.