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 Place. The address is 1 St Mary-at-Hill London EC3R 8EE (tel 020 7621 0002) – nearest tube Monument.
The grand opening is Monday lunchtime, 1 June, but LKL popped in on Friday to see how the preparations were going. Chef Kim has kept more or less the same menu, so you can still expect your favourite dishes (the BBQ always went down well with the crowd from my office) – but the prices will be slightly higher, reflecting the increased costs of a venue in the City.
Chef Kim got possession of the site a week ago, and there has been a phenomenal amount of work done to install the BBQ tables (electric rather than gas or charcoal) and get things ready. But there’s still plenty to do before the official opening in June. In the floor below the restaurant, currently used as storage, there are plans to have a dining room for larger parties, plus a couple of noraebang rooms. Tantalisingly waiting to be used was an ice-shaver, so expect some patbingsu to be on the menu.
The Old Justice used to serve up some of my favourite Korean food in London, so I’m looking forward to trying out the new venue as soon as I can.
K Place, 1 St Mary-at-Hill London EC3R 8EE (tel 020 7621 0002) – nearest tube Monument.
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 11:30 – 15:00 and 17:00 – Midnight, Sunday 11:30 – 15:00 and 17:00 – 23:00
Grand Opening 1 June, midday.