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When Kimchee Restaurant opened up in Holborn in 2011 it was one of the few Korean establishments in London to invest really heavily in the decor and fittings. Their second restaurant, recently opened behind St Pancras station, continues the trend. It also has table-top BBQs, and I hear they had some half-price deals to celebrate […]

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In praise of Sancho and Flat Three

by Philip Gowman 5 December 2016
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When you tuck into your bowl of warming chueotang muddy loach soup, with its tangle of green vegetables, shoots and mysterious fishy bits suspended in a tangy reddish-green-brown broth, the condiment you reach for to give it that extra taste sensation is a liberal sprinkling of sancho powder. The pungent, fragrant taste rounds out a […]

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Jinjuu Mayfair opens

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2016
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Marking the opening of Jinjuu Mayfair at 39 Albemarle Street W1S 4JQ there’s an interview with Judy Joo in Food Republic. There’s a nice quote about how she came to open her first restaurant at the beginning of last year: I got a random phone call. My business partner just cold-called me. He said “I’ve […]

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Restaurant review: Chef Joo Won’s tasting menu at Galvin at Windows

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2015
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The last time I ate in the rooftop restaurant in the London Hilton was nearly thirty years ago, and somebody else was paying. It was very good, but since then much has changed. In 2006 the space was taken over by Chris Galvin (ex Orrery, Wolseley), and the establishment got a Michelin star in 2009. […]

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A souvenir of the Old Justice

by 앤서방 28 August 2015
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A bit of London’s Korean history dumped outside the sadly missed Old Justice pub. These plywood panels would make a great focal point on the wall of your luxury penthouse apartment. Old Justice proprieter and head chef Mr. Kim is now running K Place in the City of London, serving quality authentic Korean food to […]

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London Korean restaurants – the scores on the doors

by 앤서방 19 August 2015
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When chosing a Korean (or any other) restaurant you might want to consider their food hygiene rating. The score (0-5) can be found by searching www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk. Full reports are not made public but can, if you’re that curious, be obtained through a freedom of information request to the relevant council. The idea of the ratings […]

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An easy way to drink poktanju

by Philip Gowman 8 July 2015
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This somaek tower (and others like it) is probably why my brain isn’t functioning too well today. On the Bab in Covent Garden provide you with these fiendish devices, loaded with ready-mixed poktanju (in unknown proportions), as an easy way to get the booze into you as fast as you like. Great with their sliders […]

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Farewell Old Justice, hello K Place

by Philip Gowman 24 May 2015
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As 앤서방 reported a few days ago, the Old Justice Korean pub in Bermondsey closed last month. But the owner, Chef Kim Jin-wook, has taken the bold step of opening up in the City. His new Korean BBQ restaurant, in a downstairs venue that until recently was the Indian restaurant Jamdani, has the name K […]

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Farewell to the Old Justice, Seoul Bakery, Woojung and more

by 앤서방 17 May 2015
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A sad loss to London’s Korean scene, The Old Justice pub in Bermondsey closed a few weeks ago. It was an unlikely Korean restaurant in a homely South London boozer immortalised in Paul McCartney’s ‘London Town’ video. I’ve heard Mr Kim is planning on opening another place in the City. And of course all the […]

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Namul – a nice bibimbap place in Brighton

by 앤서방 1 February 2015
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A nice Korean place to know about if you’re ever in Brighton. ‘Namul’, which opened six weeks ago, is right in the thick of the trendy North Lanes, serving bibimbap and sushi in a small no frills little cafe style place. The bibimbap comes with white, brown or black rice and a great selection of […]

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Judy Joo’s Jinjuu opens on 13 Jan, with her new TV show screening from 26 Jan

by Events Editor 7 January 2015
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Already billed by the Evening Standard as one of the “best new London restaurants opening in 2015“, Judy Joo’s new restaurant, Jinjuu, has its official opening next week (13 January) at 15 Kingly Street London W1B 5PS (though it has a “soft launch” at the end of this week). The Daily Telegraph and the Londonist […]

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Top 10 restaurants in Seocho and Gangnam

by Philip Gowman 21 December 2014
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I try to avoid Gangnam and Seocho if I possibly can, other than as the location of the Nambu bus terminal. But at least now if I do get stuck there The Culture Trip has provided a list of the top 10 restaurants in the area.

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Kimchee To Go: two K-food takeaways coming soon to Central London

by Philip Gowman 8 March 2013
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The staff at the KCC have been getting excited about this for a while, and now the opening date is getting nearer: Kimchee, the popular Korean restaurant in Holborn affiliated to the Wasabi Japanese food chain, is opening two takeaways, one at 388 Strand WC2 (near Covent Garden) on 2 April, and the other at […]

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A fine bibimbap in Bethnal Green

by Philip Gowman 16 February 2013
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If you’re in the Bethnal Green area, check out Hurwundeki (허운데기), an interesting combination of hairdresser, boutique and cafe right next door to Cambridge Heath Station (298-299 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9HA). Korean owned, the cafe is a pleasant, casual eaterie which does good coffee and a fine bibimbap among other things. Convenient for when […]

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Manhattan gets its second Michelin-starred Korean restaurant

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2012
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Last year a Michelin star was awarded to Danji in Hell’s Kitchen; this year Jungsik in Tribeca joins the prestigious club, according to the Chosun Ilbo. Interesting that neither restaurant is in Manhattan’s official K-town centring on 32nd Street. Jungsik is reviewed in the New York Times here.

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New London Korean restaurant is recruiting

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2012
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If you google “Bibigo London” you’ll find lots of job adverts for the new London branch of the international Bibigo restaurant chain run by CJ Foodville. It opens this summer in Great Marlborough Street with staff training planned for July. The top job is already taken: the London operation will be headed by Korean celebrity […]

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JYP branches out into the restaurant business

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2012
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K-pop supremo Park Jin Young branches out from the Kpop business to open a posh Korean restaurant in Manhattan called Kristalbelli (8 West 36th Street). Must try it next time I’m in NYC. http://bit.ly/HpeMtH

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