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Sunday, 15 April 2012

Seoul Bakery Review.

Today's blog photos are brought to you by Instagram. That's not to say I've come into the 21st century and become a technology savvy person with an iPhone or anything - I do however have an iPod, and so I thought I'd download the Instagram app to see what the hype was about. It's proved much better than Hipstamatic so far, but the photos aren't as good as from an iPhone 4, so you'll have to bear with me!


Seoul Bakery is located on St. Giles High Street, in London, between Soho and Covent Garden. It is a tiny little place, and I've heard that it isn't uncommon to have to queue for food/seats there. Dan and I love Japanese food (see our attempt to make okonomiyaki) and have always been curious about Korean, so we chose to go at about 2pm on a Saturday. We were incredibly lucky that two people were just leaving when we arrived. There are roughly ten seats in the whole restaurant, which gives it a very intimate atmosphere. At one point, I felt compelled to ask the guys sitting next to me if they minded my blowing my nose... 
The two photos above show the front of the restaurant. This crowded, eclectic aesthetic was continued inside the shop, as you'll see!

I don't know if visitors are encouraged to leave messages, but they certainly DO. All of the walls are covered in notes and post-its, in an array of different languages. Some messages are even recommending dishes from the menu, which I think is sweet. I ordered the Teokbokki, despite having NO idea what it was - I had never experienced any Korean food before, so I figured it didn't really matter WHAT I got. Dan got a dish called Kimchi Chiggae, but I didn't manage to get a picture of it.
We also got some Gimbap, which is essentially Korean Sushi. 



My Teokbokki turned out to be noodles, rice-cakey cylinders, and tofu in a spicy chilli sauce, with some cheese on top, and an egg. I don't really know how else to describe it, but it was very nice, and extremely filling. For the price, it was incredible. Dan loved his dish too, which was a sort of broth, with big lumps of tofu in it. We were full of food and joy by the end of it all!
The service was attentive and prompt, and the whole experience was great. Part of me doesn't want to recommend this restaurant because I want to keep it to myself, but that would be doing it a disservice, and it really was excellent.
If you are ever curious about Korean food as we were, I reckon it's a good place to start, and if you are hungry and skint in central London, give this restaurant a go for sure! I will certainly be going back in the next few weeks, to try more Korean cuisine!

Soon, I'll be devising a 'schedule' for my blog updates, so everything will be regular and predictable! Hurrah! How about looking at other cafe reviews I've done, such as the Blackbird Tearooms in Brighton, or the House Gallery cafe in Camberwell?

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