Despite having worked in London’s Soho for the past few years, the sheer volume of amazing eateries, cafes and bars that litter this area of the West End still means I seem to have only scratched the surface when it comes to my search for the best Soho has to offer. However, I do feel that I can finally start to legitimately offer sound restaurant advice after discovering a couple of gems, and one of these has fast become my favourite restaurant of all time (for now anyway).
I was introduced to Bi Bim Bap, a cosy Korean joint rooted at 11 Dean Street by a friend a few months back, and after a follow up visit this weekend, I can honestly say it is amaaaaaziiinnnggggg. Not only is their Chilli Chicken Ramen to die for, the staff are incredibly friendly and efficient, and the walls are covered in mini Polaroids of all their customers having a great time. Seriously, you won’t see anyone crying in them, and as far as restaurant recommendations go, I think this is a good sign. This quaint Korean eatery also benefits from lying just outside of the hustle and bustle of the main street and G.A.Y et al, so you can almost always get a table straight away, plus it remains one of those diamonds that haven’t been discovered by the hoards of tourists spilling out after seeing Jersey Boys. And there isn’t a sex shop next door which, in Soho, is a minor miracle. So, unless you actually hate Korean food, I would hop foot it down to Bi Bim Bap as I don’t believe my ravings even do it justice.
All images courtesy of Bi Bim Bap Facebook page which you can find here.