It was the day of my friends 25th Birthday and for her celebratory meal she invited us out to the lovely Kimchee restaurant located by just a short walk from either Holborn or Chancery Lane Station. The weather was sadly a wet one, but after introducing us to this amazing restaurant, it was not long until all of our hearts warmed. 

Review
Overall
8.8/10
8.8/10
  • Food - 9/10
    9/10
  • Ambiance - 9/10
    9/10
  • Service - 9/10
    9/10
  • Value for Money - 8/10
    8/10

Verdict

An excellent Korean dining experience centred in the city of London. The food and drink options were delightful and with so much to try, there is no doubt that I will be returning again!

Website: www.kimchee.uk.com
Price Range: ££
Telephone: 020 7430 0956
Address: 71 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 6EA
Nearest Station: Holborn & Chancery Lane

Starter

Being a huge Chicken Wing fan, choosing a starter was relatively straightforward for me. As per the menu “The Chimaek is a popular Korean dish of fried chicken [Chikin]…a perfect way to start your Korean experience at Kimchee”.  Two other friends also wanted to join in on the experience,  so we ordered the Chimaek for three, which comes with 12 Wings and 6 Strips with a choice of up to three sauces for £16.90. As I and my friends have varying types of tastebuds we elected to get the Chimaek in all of the three flavours it comes in – Garlic & Soy Sauce; Hot & Spicy Sauce and Plain. 

Chimaek (Left) & Seafood Japtang Bap (Right)
Chimaek (Left) & Seafood Japtang Bap (Right)

For someone who is a Lemon & Herb level at Nandos; I didn’t find the Hot & Spicy that difficult to eat despite it being marked with two chilli’s on the menu. In fact, this sauce was actually my favourite out of the three and I found it offered the richest in flavour with only a slight kick of heat! As much as I did enjoy it, I can understand that someone who is a fan of hot sauce may find this option quite underwhelming.  Overall, the dish itself was delicious; the wings had crispy flavoursome skin with tender meat in the middle, I could have easily had the plate for three to myself. 

The Main

The ‘Seafood Japtang Bap’ was the choice I went for; it is stir-fried mixed seafood with sesame oil and vegetables served with sticky rice. The Seafood came with a very pleasing mix of shell and sea fish, the plate includes squid; mussels and prawns all of which work very well together.  

The rice is centred in the middle, surrounded by fish, Asian vegetables and sauce. This concoction of different flavours and textures ensures that every bite is different and all the more delightful.  I would highly recommend this dish, particularly if you are a lover of seafood, like me.

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My friend went for the Pork Belly, a dish that is served with chargrilled sliced pork belly with a wasabi and mustard dip. Which he described being “flavourful, tender and delicious”. 

The restaurant itself spans across two floors, the lighting is dimmed and the furniture is a dark and wooden setting, creating a very calming tone to the place. It also sports a small but lovely, indoor water feature on the ground floor just as you enter the toilets; which further adds to the  ‘Zen’ feel, this restaurant is seemingly trying to achieve. The service of the waiting staff is very commendable, particularly as we were a table of 15; so you can imagine the chaos that ensued when it came to ordering the food and paying for bills. Nonetheless, the staff got all the food and drink orders correctly, all with a reasonable waiting time.

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My experience with dining at Kimchee’s was amazing. The strong variety of great tasting Korean dishes that they offer on their menu coupled with a cocktail menu I have yet to try makes me excited at the prospect of visiting them again.

P.S. My friend had a wonderful birthday!

Kozan
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