Five Korean Restaurants you won’t be able to live without!
There’s something of a food renaissance going on in London at the moment. British staples are being reinvented and improved and a host of exciting international flavours are being introduced to the British palate. Korean food is going from strength to strength in London at the moment. It is something about the barbecue flavours and fresh vegetable dishes that really hit the spot. Traditionally it is cooked at your table, which gives the meal a fun and communal feel.
I had a chat with Kim Moulfier, Front Office Manager and native Korean who works at the InterContinental London Park Lane to see where she recommends guests visit when staying at the hotel. She had this to say:
“Koreans love to celebrate any occasion with lots of great food; as a nation, we love food! There are also some really interesting Korean events around the capital, from film festivals to sport and dance. As a film lover, I would definitely recommend the London Korean Film Festival happening in November this year. It showcases some upcoming film makers and this year has even expanded outside of London too, with events around the UK.”
I asked her if she wouldn’t mind telling me the best spots for authentic Korean cuisine in London and she gave me this list.
71 High Holborn, Holborn
Named after the Korean national dish, Kimchee is a sleek, stylish and bustling restaurant with an open-plan kitchen that mimics the tradition of cooking in plain sight of the patron. Undoubtedly one of London’s finest.
11 Rathborne Street, Soho
There are some delicious meat dishes on the menu such as beef kalbi or bulgogi. There are also some delicious drinks to wash it down with, such as Korean beers and soju. Soju is a spirit nor dissimilar to sake, but of course both are well worth trying.
9 Golden Square, Soho
A favourite of Kim’s as it is a short walk from the hotel. Arang offers some fantastic dishes with traditional ingredients, and it’s just off the bustling Regent Street.
A LITTLE FURTHER AFIELD
3a Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park
This restaurant has been treating people to a fusion between Japanese and Korean food since it opened in 2008. Kim advises that you book in advance as it’s always packed with locals enjoying a meal after work or on the weekend.
34 Durham Road, Raynes Park and 394 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield
This restaurant’s two locations can be found in the well-to-do South-West of the city. Make a day of the journey and take in the leafy suburbs surrounding Wimbledon Common and Raynes Park
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