Despite enjoying Asian cuisine in general, at the dawn of my 29th year of life I realized I had never ventured into Korean’s cuisine. So, recently, I was invited to join a dinner in Bibigo with friends.
Founded by Hee Young Noh, star of Masterchef Korea, Bibigo first landed in London in the of heart of Soho and it has just opened its second home in Islington, across from Angel station.
The space is huge, with a great wall-length bar that mixes up classics and korean cocktails and a wide 90-seater restaurant reigned by a glassed semi-opened kitchen.
The decor is pretty stark yet sophisticated with a subtle lighting, high ceilings, wooden chairs and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the busy road.
Their specialities are Korean small plates and traditional dishes like beef bulgogi, bibimbap, kimchi stew and spicy BBQ chicken.
The menu comes generous with a decent selection of dishes. We started with a few drinks at the bar. Once seated at our table, we ordered a selection of small plates to share that included Pajeon (korean pancake with squid, leek, mussels and shrimps), courgette pancake, green tacos with tofu and chive dumplings.
As a main we all opted for different choices that included grilled baby chicken, Korean spicy ramyun and squid and pork bulgogi, all mostly served on hot stones or in typical bowls.
The menu is a bit pricey, the wine list extensive and the service was formal. The team were a bit on the cold side, there was not any introduction to Korean food, interaction of any sort – just silent robotic service.
With this being my first time having Korean food, I can not compare it with other Korean culinary experience, however the food tasted fresh, nice and healthy – so it is certainly good starting point. By Valentina.
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