on the bab

24 May 2015

Korean cuisine is something of a comfort food for me - I'm not sure why exactly, but I think it's partly because I grew up in Wimbledon, which is close to New Malden, which is a Korean hub and have great restaurants and Korean supermarkets. We also frequented Cah-Chi (a very good, family run restaurant which I'd recommend if you're in the area!) and it became our go-to as a family, so that probably has something to do with it as well.

In any case, Korean food - and Korean street food in particular - has been rising on the trend-o-meter of the London food scene, and one of the new (well, not so very new now but still fresh) hotspots is On The Bab in Covent Garden.

After being tortured by endless photos on Instagram of others feasting there, I finally made it with my sister for a relaxed, quick weekday lunch. We were able to get a table right away, but it was pretty busy and I imagine there are queues in the evenings and weekends.

The menu is varied, with many of the dishes offering a choice of meats and vegetarian options, and everything I've seen from there looks so appetising! But we stuck to a reasonable amount of food, and here's what we got:

"On The Bab" on the buns with spicy pork
Korean fried chicken with seasoned spring onion
"On The Roll" Korean style rice burrito with bulgogi beef
Broccoli Salad with Korean mayo

I thought everything was very fresh, flavourful and pretty filling - I enjoyed every dish, except the broccoli salad was a bit underwhelming. There was more mayo than broccoli, which is sometimes a good thing, but it wasn't exactly a salad. Other than that, we both devoured the lot and agreed that it was very delicious - I could easily have had one portion of that Korean burrito for a quick lunch, and it tasted pretty healthy too! 

I'd definitely recommend checking it out if you haven't already (it's amazing how quickly the London foodies make it to new restaurants! I always feel like I'm one of the last to try them) - it's certainly one to go for to avoid some of the tourist traps that Covent Garden has in abundance. 

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