Soju, Soho

Posted by Krista on February 5, 2010

Soju outside
32 Great Windmill St

Date of Last Visit: Saturday, December 12th, 2009

The Victim: Me

The Damage: About £15

The Background: Sometimes, a crazy urge grips me. The urge for dolsot bibimbap. The 12th of December was one of those days. So as I was wandering around Soho, I got out my phone and Google Maps and started searching for my nearest Korean.

Soju was the answer. But it's also known as Korean Kitchen. Don't let that fool you.

The Entrance: The ground floor of Soju is very tiny. There are a couple of tables full, some with Koreans, others with tourists. The Norwegian couple next to me have stepped into Soju specifically because they've never had Korean food before and they are up for an adventure. I admire this.

Soju dolsot bi bim bap 
The Food: My sweet server brings me my dolsot bibimbap and before I can snap a photo of it in its loveliness–the raw egg on top is glistening–she stirs it all up for me. So forgive the photo. (To see a before photo of dolsot bibimbamp, check out  my Han Kang review.) 

This is good bibimbap–better than Han Kang's–but the beef is still tough and leathery. There's no juice. This doesn't stop me from eating. I'm just saying. Someone's got to be able to make me a dolsot bibimbap with some nice juicy beef.

The Verdict: Good. But really just good.

10 Responses to “Soju, Soho”

  1. Krista
    Feb 05, 2010

    Yes, have been dying to go to Young Bean after your many recommendations! Might even try to fit it in today!

  2. Ha. My last Korean excursion (at Koba – yummy), I also had to take a picure with the bibimbap already mixed, but it was because I was so hungry, I forgot to take a picture beforehand.

  3. London Chow
    Feb 06, 2010

    Soju was formerly just known as Korean Kitchen when it first started. We will normally go for its 25 quid ‘mixed platter’ barbecue, which is more than enough for the two of us, when we were there.

    We thought it was really good initially but I guess overtime, the portion becomes smaller – especially its spicy fried chicken (item no. 14 on the menu).

    I guess it’s one of those place that couldn’t quite make it to the big league. But I would say that its lunch deals at just under 7 quid is quite worth it.

    C K

  4. Greedy Diva
    Feb 06, 2010

    Have always wondered what this place was like – have nearly gone in so many times. It does look delicious, shame about the beef. Might try Young Bean first.

  5. JC
    Feb 08, 2010

    Try the dolsot bibimbap and kimchi chun at Ran on great marlborough street ( Been there quite a few times and have never been disappointed.

  6. Krista
    Feb 09, 2010

    Thanks for the tip! I think I may have been to Ran ages ago, but this was before my dolsot bibimbap obsession. Will have to give it a try!

  7. Tom Hamshere
    Feb 18, 2010

    My first Korean experience was at Ran in Soho and, despite having tried every Korean I’ve found since, I’ve not had better.

    Actually, tell a lie. The place I found in Ho-Chi-Min City was pretty awesome. Long way to go, though 🙂

  8. Krista
    Feb 22, 2010

    Haven't been to Ran in ages but from re-reading my review ages ago, I did seem to like it!

  9. Jeremy
    Apr 19, 2011

    You should try Bibimbap Soho in London!

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