5 Best Korean Restaurants in London
Koba Korean Restaurant
Koba Korean restaurant serves delectable Korean cuisine with barbequed meats such as marinated beef bulogi or kalbi. Barbequed squid in vibrant red sauce, spicy short rib hotpot with sweet potato noodles, soft tofu stew are some of their menu specials. Koba has their specialty in table BBQ with cooking food at customer’s tables. Cuisine is associated with casual eating though the atmosphere and trend-driven interior design offers a feeling of luxury.
11 Rathbone Street, London
Opening hours: 2.30pm 10.30pm
Drinks include a short wine list, soju and Korean beers
Ideal for business lunches or casual dinners
Dotori Korean Restaurant
This restaurant next to Finsbury Park station established its reputation soon after opening in 2008. It’s still nigh on impossible to get a table without booking – even on our early-evening midweek visit, several hopeful diners were turned away. All’s not lost if you don’t bag a seat, however, as they do offer takeaway.
The dining room – like the menu – blends Korean and Japanese influences; there’s a Shinto lantern by the door, and Hangul calligraphy and Korean masks on the walls. Prices are impressively low: a capacious bowl of yukkaejang was a mere £3.50. Thick with chilli flakes, the broth contained a generous quantity of deliciously tender shredded beef. A mountain of bokum bap (fried rice) came studded with crisp-fried pork belly pieces, spring onions and scrambled egg. The plump grains were resonant with ground black pepper and sesame oil.
The Japanese side of the menu offers sushi, sashimi, tempura and donburi dishes. Dotori isn’t known for its sparkling service, but we found the staff warm and efficient. Even on an off-day, it’s hard not to be forgiving, thanks to the well-prepared and well-priced food.
· 3 Stroud Green Road, London
· Opening hours: 2.30pm 10pm
· Take-away available
· Bookings essential, especially over weekends
· Blend of Korean and Japanese cuisine
· Convenient location next to Finsbury Park Station
· Ambience informal and unpretentious
· Beer and wine only
· Wheelchair accessible
· Good for groups and children
Cah Chi Korean Restaurant
Customers experience authentic Korean cuisine such as bulgogi, yuk-hoi-dol-sot bap; which is raw beef, pickles and rice served in a sizzling bowl and cooks food on contact, pa jeon; which is flour pancake with seafood and spring onion filling and more. Blood pudding, pig’s liver dishes and pig’s ears casseroles are some of their esoteric dishes. O-jing-o Dup-bab: fried calamari in spicy sauce with vegetables and rice is a favorite on the menu and one of the specialties.
· 394 Garratt Lane, London
· Opening hours: 3pm -12.00pm
· Allow customers to bring along their own wine
· Ambience buzzy and fun place, great for group dining
Jee Cee Neh
Unpretentious and homely food is what customers can expect from this authentic Korean restaurant. Japch’ae, barbequed dishes stews such as soft tofu and seafood, spicy kimchi and pork with fried rice on the menu. Kang pung gi with spicy sauce and more can be expected. Authentic Korean deserts for the sweet tooth and rounded with Korean tea.
· 74 Burlington Road, London
· Opening hours: 3.00pm 11.00pm
· Great for family lunches
· Free side dishes
· Free barley tea
· Casual atmosphere
Bibigo Bar and Dining
Meals from this contemporary Korean restaurant include BBQ Chicken, Bossam pork belly, steak hache, Korean Monk fish, traditional bulogi, hot stone galbi, braised short rib, Korean wedding noodles, Kimchi stew and lots more. Desert menu includes poached pears, Eton mess, fig crème brulee, bibigo goldfish and hoddeok.
· 58-59 great Malborough Street, London
· 12.00pm 11.00pm
· Private dining facilities
· Drinks such as amal, soho somek, coctails and alcohol free cocktails
· Reservations for dinner
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