Food & Drink

18 Of The Very Best Korean Restaurants In London

By Jack Saddler

Korean restaurants

Korean food is a growing commodity in the capital, with more and more delicious Korean restaurants constantly opening.

Whether it’s the Bibimbap—a delicacy involving a meat or vegetable base with rice, a cracked egg and finished off with chilli paste—or some red hot kimchee you’re after, the wide array of Korean restaurants in London will have you covered. We picked out eighteen of the finest Korean restaurants for you to drool over, or hopefully get to taste at some point soon. [Featured Image: @onthebab, Instagram]

1. Park’s Kitchen


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Spicy pork laid bare on a sizzling platter and topped with runny egg yolk is enough to grip you from the first scent. This Ealing spot is a hidden gem in the sea of London’s Korean restaurants. Beauty in simplicity unlocked by wondrous flavours, topped off by unbeatable prices, is the key to Park’s Kitchen. Chicken katsu, deluxe seafood noodle soup, a deep-fried tofu bowl… A heavy variety is offered that will have customers dying to return and sift through the menu.

24 The Green, Ealing, W5 5DA

2. Lime Orange


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First things first, don’t be fooled by Lime Orange’s very central location. Prices are extremely reasonable for a spot in Victoria, offering a royal all-round experience to boot. Generous portions of starters weigh in at around £4.50-7.50, ranging from delicate fish cakes to apple cider dipped pancakes. Mains—including bimbimbap, BBQ grill, noodles and soups—ain’t too shabby either. Jump from kimchee jigae ramen (£10.40) to beef hot pot bulgogi (£10.40) to a spicy tofu soup with glowing rice. Lime Orange is a warm, family-run restaurant that ceases to ever disappoint. Be sure to book ahead!

312 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Westminster, SW1V 1AA

3. Seoul Bakery


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A gateway into the heart of Seoul. This little bakery packs a one-two punch: delicious grub and, brace yourselves BTS fans, a K-Pop store. So, yes. Yes, you can fill up on great Korean food while fuelling your K-Pop obsession. Prices are frankly daylight robbery for central London, with mains setting you back around £6. It’s very close to Tottenham Court Road and is the perfect spot to grab something delicious before heading to the British Museum. You may, however, encounter some queues. It’s a slight but popular establishment!

14 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NH

4. Dotori


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Boasting full Korean and Japanese menus, you’re spoilt for choice at this beloved Finsbury Park eatery. A masterclass in Asian cuisine, the well-priced (well, for London) menu is a mouth-watering affair. Grab bucketloads of euphoric kimchee, splash out on the yukgejang or, if you’re feeling adventurous, mix and match cuisines and throw in some heaven-droplet gyoza. Why? Because you can.

3 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, N4 2DQ

5. On The Bab


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A big name of London’s Korean restaurants; with branches in Shoreditch and Covent Garden, this popular outlet mixes cocktails with Korean street food. On The Bab specialises in KFC (Korean Fried Chicken), and it’s a perfect spot to take your grub out on the go or sit in with rounds of cocktails. Crispy Yangyum chicken, with a choice of sauce, is a fan-favourite, along with drool-worthy prawn packed buns.

Shoreditch305 Old Street, Hackney, EC1V 9LA
Covent Garden36 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7BD

6. Jin’s Kitchen


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One of a number of Korean restaurants in Shaftesbury Avenue, Jin’s Kitchen is a small and cosy central joint. And the grub is top tier Korean grub! Fill your lunch break with quick, cheap munch. Delectable pork buns make up its sandwich bar, but many flock here for the spicy Korean soups. Whatever you fancy, this homemade cuisine demands everyone’s attention with a broad menu and quality prices.

232 Shaftesbury Avenue, Holborn, WC2H 8EG

7. Naru


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Naru is the noisy but friendly neighbour of Jin’s Kitchen, with stylistic and classic Korean dishes. Hailed for its bibimbap, Korean BBQ, authentic kimchee and more, the infusion of flavours on display at Naru is not to be messed with. It’s an attractive tourist spot, but for very good reason.

230 Shaftesbury Avenue, Holborn, WC2H 8EG

8. The Petite Corée


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Marketed as Korean tapas, this West Hampstead restaurant is a top spot for some grub. Dine on a variety of plate sizes and bring your own bottles of wine to top off the experience. Fists of rice can make way for braised ribs from the delightful Korean BBQ. And, if you turn up to a full-house, you can always order delicious boxes of munch to take home with you.

98 West End Lane, West Hampstead, NW6 2LU

9. Bibimbap Soho


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Another spot for a rapid but scrumptious lunch break. As the name suggests, Bibimbap is lauded for just that, with an excellent take on Korea’s national dish. But items like the crispy squid and veggie dumplings should not be overlooked.

1 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DJ

10. Kimchee


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With spots in Pancras Square and Holborn, London is spoilt. You could spend a day picking out all of your favourite dishes at Kimchee. Whether it’s the eye-catching tofu udon, the fiery dwenjang jjigae or the beef rib eye, you’re pampered with all the top-choices along with multiple locations.

Holborn71 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 6EA
Pancras Square2 Pancras Road, Kings Cross, N1C 4AG

11. Koba 


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Koba are Korean BBQ aficionados. Appetising chicken dumplings and Korean pancakes are ideal to pave the way for the big-hitters. Their hot stone bowled rice dishes, traditional Korean stew and full table BBQs are as devilishly tasty as they are well-priced for a sit-down affair.

11 Rathbone Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1NA

12. Jinjuu


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As it’s another fine Soho establishment, Jinjuu intertwines Korean sharing platters and fine cocktails. Wash down Korean fried cauliflower with elderflower coolers. Compliment seabass tempura with a K-Pop pornstar martini. Ease into the day with a “spiced kimchi mary” alongside tofu sliders. There are endless options out there at Jinjuu!

15 Kingly Street, Soho, W1B 5PS

13. Wing Wing


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Mavericks of the Korean Fried Chicken trade. Your scrumptious fried goodness comes with a choice of sauce: soy garlic, hot, liquorice or—if you’re feeling adventurous—a mix of all three. Aside from wings galore, there’s katsu chicken bao, kimchi coleslaw and more. Grab a cheeky takeaway after work from one of Wing Wing’s multiple branches.

Hammersmith18-20 Hammersmith Broadway, Hammersmith, W6 7AF
Tavistock Square30 Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, WC1H 0JR

14. Bari Bari


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A bright and cheerful little spot in Whitechapel, Bari Bari boasts striking stuffed vegetable kimchi, with cucumber and radishes getting the treatment. Add that to some pancakes and sweet ‘n’ sour pork and you’re good to go, Bari Bari style.

24 White Church Lane, Whitechapel, E1 7QR

15. Olle


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Another Shaftesbury Avenue eatery. Becoming a theme, isn’t it? But this one is very unique. Olle sets up a pan frier on the table and puts on a real show for its guests. As shown in this video, it’s paramount to order items like the rib eye. Essential viewing is at play over at Olle. You don’t want to miss out.

88 Shaftesbury Avenue, West End, W1D 6NH

16. Imone


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One of the many fine Korean restaurants in New Malden, which has deservedly earned a reputation as London’s Koreatown. Imone’s food is as gratifying as it is photogenic. I mean, just look at it… yeah it’s that good. There’s seafood pancakes, fishcakes with ramen noodles, fried webfoot octopus, beansprout soup, and so much more to sink your gnashers into.

169 High Street, New Malden, KT3 4BH

17. Jin Go Gae


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Jin Go Gae is a go-to spot for Korean cuisine. Also hailing from New Malden, this little authentic restaurant is another expert of the trade. Allowing you to order spreads of small dishes on top of your fine-scented broth, it’s a game-changer for those cold winter evenings. Guzzle down your spicy pork rib and potato soup to warm your heart as well as your body.

272 Burlington Road, New Malden KT3 4NL

18. Asadal


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One of the city’s best Korean restaurants is hiding inside a quaint, beautifully decorated little basement in Holborn. Alongside all your classic dishes, Asadal offers a lovely Korean rice wine. Asadal also features some off-the-wall menu items that you wouldn’t find elsewhere, including a Son Dae Gook: a pig liver and kidney broth with rice.

227 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7DA

One you’ve eaten your way around all of these Korean restaurants, why not tackle our guide to London’s best restaurants?