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“Excellent home-cooked Korean food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Seoul Kimchi

Seoul Kimchi
275 Upper Brook Street | M13 0HR, Manchester, England
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Ranked #172 of 1,764 Restaurants in Manchester
Cuisines: Korean
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Description: Opening Times :Mon-Sat 11:00 - 21:30Sun 12:00 - 20:00Phone : 0161 273 5556
Derby, United Kingdom
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“Excellent home-cooked Korean food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I used to come here a lot when I was in uni. I am surprised they haven't received many reviews, although it could be because most of their customers are East Asian students.

First off, this is not your typical restaurant with an attractive entrance and beautiful decor. On the contrary, it is a family-run corner shop with just a few seats, tucked away somewhere behind the Manchester University campus. Don't expect to have a fancy dining experience here.

That said, the food is something else. You can definitely tell from the taste and texture that it has a home-cooked touch - it just reminds you of your mom or that aunt/grandma who is really, really good at cooking your favourite dish that always hits the spot. That is why I find their food to be of better quality than the top Korean restaurants in London.

I especially love their pork bulgogi, which has just the right mix of sweet and savoury. Their kimchi (complimentary) just leaves you wanting more. And their seafood pancake....I don't think I can ever have enough of it.

I hope they will keep doing what they do so well for a long, long time!

  • Visited November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Visited Seoul Kimchi a few times for dinner. The food is great. Tasty and authentic food. The bento box is a good choice and you get to try a bit of everything.

The staff are very friendly and welcoming and it is a breath of fresh air to find a local restaurant like this.

There are only about five tables in the venue but it adds to the atmosphere.

I hope this place stays as it is great to have it on my doorstep.

Homemade icecream is good.

Only negative is that the portions are a bit small for the price you pay. It would be good to have more rice and vegetables or be able to add extra rice for say £1.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Authentic food and nice atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

It doesn't look like much when you first walk in, it's small and only has about 5 tables in the whole restaurant but I find this adds to the atmosphere. The walls are lined with shelves of ingredients that you can buy and you can see into the kitchen and see your food being freshly prepared.
It is the second time I've been as the food was so good I had to go back, easily my favourite Asian restaurant in Manchester. It is a family run business and the food is very authentic and a nice mix of Korean and Japanese. The beef kimchi gyoza are gorgeous as is the vegetable tempura. My partner had the luxury Korean bento box which was lovely. All mains are accompanied by complimentary banchan side dishes which is a nice tough and they have a nice selection of homemade ice creams for dessert, the plum is particularly good. I cannot recommend this place enoug and I will be returning soon.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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