I first visited Seoul Kimchi many years ago just a few months after the restaurant first opened, but the menu has changed a lot since, many more dishes, free roasted barley tea (boricha) and the addition of homemade ice creams.
We were unsure what to order for our starter so went for a selection of sushi: prawn, octopus and salmon, two salmon and avocado temaki. The sushi was very nice, fresh and full of sweet and rich flavour, the prawn and salmon were especially nice. The temaki were much bigger than we expected and were equally as good, both were served with soy sauce and wasabi paste.
Before the arrival of our starters we were treated to a trio of small appetisers (banchan): the obligatory kimchi, fermented soy beans, and mung bean jelly in soy and sesame oil with spring onion and chili (nokdumuk). They were all very nice, the mung bean jelly being particularly tantalising.
For our main course we ordered pork gyoza, jeon (pancake) with seafood, and beef bibimbap. Which we accompanied by a complimentary bowl of miso soup, which was very tasty.
The gyoza were excellent, perfectly formed, crisp, full of wonderful broth and tender flavoursome meat. The jeon was very nice, crisp on the outside and soft in the centre, packed full of onion and spring onion and a generous array of sea food: prawn, mussels, octopus, and squid, very nice when dipped in some soy sauce. The beef bibimbap was a nicely constructed with a fried egg in the centre and small piles of julienned carrot, daikon, courgette, mushroom and minced beef which had a delicious sweet and meaty flavour. All of these accompaniments came atop rice sizzling in a stone pot with a squeezy bottle of chili sauce, you then apply the sauce and mix everything together to create a delicious dish. It was great.
For desert we had homemade ginger ice cream, which was brilliant, the best ice cream I've had for a long time. The flavour of the ginger was just right, with the right amount of sweetness and creaminess to the fire of the ginger, you could tell it was made with real ginger too as there was the occasional piece of ginger in each spoonful.
All of this for a tickle under £32.
The only criticisms I have is that the clearing up service was slow, there was only one person serving and it was hot inside with little ventilation.
On a side note the roasted barley tea was very refreshing (and free of charge) and I bought a packet of Korean grape sweets which were nice.
Overall an excellent meal, will definitely return.
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