Bi Bim Bap Soho

Korean Restaurant in Soho
Bi Bim Bap Soho image

8 / 10 from 3 reviews
11 Greek Street
Nearest Station
Tottenham Court Road
0.15 miles
Opening Summary
Mon-Sat: 12-3pm and 6-11pm
Restaurant Facilities

Credit Cards Accepted

Music Played

Korean restaurant in London

All In London Review

Cheerful independent eatery offering Korea’s favourite dish

Named after Korea’s national dish, Bi Bim Bap offers ten variations on the perennial favourite. Appearance-wise, Bi Bim Bap is nothing to write home about, with plastic furniture, colourful walls and laminated menus on the tables suggesting it’s more swift eatery than chic restaurant.

Bibimbap is served in the stone bowl it’s been cooked in (don’t touch it unless you want a blister), and traditionally side dishes of tofu, shrimp, garlic, beef, pork, and of course that other Korean favourite, eye-watering fermented cabbage aka ‘kimchi’ are plonked on the table for diners to mix into their bowl of shredded cabbage and rice, along with fiery red pepper paste at their own peril. Here however, the ingredients have been set atop each other ready to be stirred. Options include mushrooms, seafood, and a “nutritious” bibimbap with gingko nuts and ginseng; sweetly-marinaded strips of filet beef (£9.45) are layered raw over the contents of the bowl and left to cook with the heat of the rice.

Elsewhere the kimchi pancake (£4.45) is a little on the oily side and prawn katsu (£5.45) are fleshy and fried in breadcrumbs, only let down by the accompanying sauce which is more salad cream than garlic mayonnaise. There are green teas, Korean beers, soju and mak geol li, a curious alcoholic drink made from rice that despite its syrupy appearance is fizzy like an alcopop.

Next time you’re in the mood for Oriental cuisine it’s worth your while forsaking the usual Chinese or Thai for this wholesome, cheerful eatery.

Reviewed by Leila
Published on Mar 3, 2011

User Reviews

the good londoner

Mar 4, 2014

Though the menu has some rice and noodle dishes, the speciality is the bibimbap - a mix of rice, vegetables and sometimes meat served in a sizzling hot earthenware bowl. We tried the mixed mushroom, chilli chicken, beef bool-go-gi (marinated grilled beef) and the dol sot, which is the archetypal bibimbap. All were absolutely delicious – fresh-tasting vegetables and zingy meat. The idea is to mix everything up in the bowl – often you’ll get a fried egg on top to add to the mixture. As the bowls are so hot, when you get to the bottom you’ll probably finds some tasty crispy rice to enjoy.

Sep 16, 2013

I'd come here repeatedly for the miso sauce alone but it just so happens that I like the food too.

Skip the sides and the starters and just go for the bi bim bap, which is just a bowl of rice, meat and vegetable goodness. One of the best places for a quick slap-up meal in Soho.
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