9 Golden Square
020 7434 2073
Date of Last Visit: Sunday, May 13, 2007
The Victim: Dad
The Damage: About £50 with drinks
The Background: My Korean restaurant experience at Wonjo in NY was so fantastic that I was eager to have more Korean BBQ. My father looked a me like I was crazy. He needs to expand his culinary horizons. I had done my research ahead of time, and I had honed in on Arang, which had outstanding reviews on London-eating.
The Service: We were a tag on the early side, and the staff couldn’t have been sweeter. My father announced loudly, many times, that his next girlfriend would be Korean. I tried not to run away and hide.
The Food:I totally got suckered into the £17-per-person set menu, and that was a big mistake because there was way too much food. We started with the pan chen (kimchee and radishes and other little bits), and then came along a tray of glass noodles and an assortment of Korean pancakes. And then came the BBQ and it was a HUGE plate of meat. My father chooses this point to tell me that he doesn’t really eat red meat anymore.
This didn’t stop him from helping himself to a couple of delicious beef tacos and scraping the bowl of bean paste clean, of course.
The Loos: Gross. I am giving more and more thought to that power-washing business.
The Verdict: Sweet service and good barbecue (although it’s gas-fired, not charcoal). I think the pancake assortment could have been fresher, and I’d warn folks away from the loos. I also thought the interior was a little austere. But all in all, not so bad.