We took a trip to New Malden earlier this year, a place that is dubbed as ‘London’s Little Korea’ since the 1980s. The area has almost 100 Korean shops and boasts more than 30 Korean Restaurants. Whilst wondering the high street trying to decide which Korean place we wanted to choose, we peered into the window of a restaurant called ‘Kang Nam’ and saw that they offered a Korean BBQ service and so the decision was made and we ventured in. The restaurant is a short, five-minute walk from New Malden Station.
Food - 7/10
Ambiance - 6.5/10
Service - 6/10
Value for Money - 7/10
Based in London’s Little Korea, Kang Nam is a great place to indulge in some tasty Korean BBQ!
Price range: ££
Telephone: 020 8942 5243
Address: 19A High St, New Malden KT3 4BY
Nearest Station: New Malden
It was quite late in the evening (9:30 pm) to be having dinner (based on my typical timing anyway), so we opted to go for a few of the BBQ dishes plus a main and side to share, as our stomachs were graving a large feast. What we came to know, was that this place doesn’t skimp on its portions, which satisfied our guts very nicely.
For the BBQ set, the waiting staff do all the setup for you and can also cook the meats for you too. We elected to cook the meat ourselves just for the novelty and the hell of it. And having been to a few Korean BBQ places it was comforting that the staff offered this option too us, rather than you having to awkwardly ask if you wanted help with cooking or not.
We went for the fresh slices of Pork Belly and Beef Brisket options. The price for each item on the BBQ menu on average was around the £10 – £15 mark, which isn’t bad considering the BBQ meat is typically for sharing.
The Pork Belly only came in three slices and were edged around in juicy fat. I know some people dislike the fatty side, but if it’s not overpowering, I am someone who thinks it is once of the best taste ever! Thankfully the cuts were of good fat to meat ratio.
The Beef Brisket came with plenty of cuts and roughly cooked for the same amount of time as the Pork Belly (approx 6-8 minutes). The beef was really tender and tasty, and when eaten along with an array of sauces and veggies small plates (that are provided to all tables), it goes down a real treat.
Main Course & Side
To share amongst the three of us, we ordered the Steamed Rice with Grilled Chicken in Teriyaki Sauce. We also ordered what we thought was going to be a handful of Fired Chicken Pieces, but what we ended up with was a mountain of Chicken. For a moment we thought we ordered too much, but somehow we managed to devour it all. The Fried Chicken had a crispy outer layer with succulent meat on the inside…yummy!
The restaurant is of medium size, so you may get away with showing up as we did, but given that we arrived quite late in the evening, it’s always worth to call ahead to see if you can reserve a spot.
The staff were pleasant, but they did seem to rush us slightly when it came to ordering our food, which may be because we were the dreaded “late-night” visitors, but as a customer, it still wasn’t comforting when it feels like you are being rushed Otherwise, the restaurant sports a lovely area decked with wooden fitting and random (I assume) Korean posters which did resonate a lovely vibe.
Upon leaving, you are offered a complimentary sweet from their selection, which was a nice added touch – which is rarely offered elsewhere. All in all, it was an excellent first visit to London’s Little Korea and I will be sure to venture in that area again soon. Kang Nam has set a reasonable bar and I wonder what the other restaurants are like in comparison..but as a huge fan of Korean food, I am sure I will just end up loving it all!!!