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It's always interesting to try new places, and new cuisines, and a Korean restaurant makes a change from the plethora of Chinese & Thai eateries in and around Soho. Initial impressions of Korean Kitchen were very positive. The décor is simple and neat, and the menu is extensive and inviting.

I visited Korean Kitchen with three friends. As it was a lunchtime three of us chose from the the "set lunch" selection, and one of us went "a la carte". Unfortunately, ordering the food was pretty much the last time that all four of us managed to do anything simultaneously, as our dishes - starters and main course - all turned up at different times, and took an incredible amount of time to do so. Having ordered at about 1.10, we were still waiting for main courses at 1.50. Had the place been heaving with hungry office-workers there might have been some explanation, but there were only 2 other people in the entire restaurant. And on that note, and almost empty room is not really a fun place for lunch, but I guess it's still new (as of 6th March 2008), and yet to attract much regular custom.

The food itself - when it arrived - was mostly fine. The Daeji Bulgogi (thinly-sliced barbecued pork) was good and spicy, the sticky rice was great, and the vegetable pancakes (a small side dish) were excellent. The kimchi, however, was very bland - even allowing for the fact that it might be toned down for "western" palates.

Automatically adding 10% for service is a practice I dislike - especially so when it was glacially slow - and it took the price of lunch out of "good value" into "not too bad, for London, I suppose". Sadly, despite the tempting menu, it's not somewhere we'll be hurrying back to.

Thursday, March 06, 2008
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 6 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 4


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