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Soju, Soho

by Krista
Soju, Soho

Soju, Soho

Soju, Soho

32 Great Windmill St
W1D 7LR

The Victim: Me

The Damage: About £15

The Background: Sometimes, a crazy urge grips me. The urge for dolsot bibimbap. This 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 restaurant in Soho.

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.

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10 comments

Krista February 5, 2010 - 9:44 am

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

Melanie Seasons February 5, 2010 - 3:17 pm

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.

London Chow February 6, 2010 - 12:46 am

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

Greedy Diva February 6, 2010 - 3:52 pm

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.

JC February 8, 2010 - 9:38 pm

Try the dolsot bibimbap and kimchi chun at Ran on great marlborough street (http://www.ranrestaurant.com/). Been there quite a few times and have never been disappointed.

Krista February 9, 2010 - 2:45 pm

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!

Tom Hamshere February 18, 2010 - 4:12 pm

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 🙂

Krista February 22, 2010 - 10:43 am

Haven't been to Ran in ages but from re-reading my review ages ago, I did seem to like it! http://kristainlondon.typepad.com/dining/2005/08/annyonghaseyo_r.html

Jeremy April 19, 2011 - 4:01 pm

You should try Bibimbap Soho in London!

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