Kimchee

A small confession: despite her foodie status, Korean food had somehow always passed C by. Upon learning that she'd never so much as tried this branch of South Asian cuisine, a horrified A promptly took her to his favourite Korean restaurant in London a few months back - Holborn's Kimchee.

Not a big seafood fan, C had always been put off by Korea's preference for the stuff; add to that an embarrassing attempt to eat with chopsticks on C and A's first date (a story for another time, perhaps) and she was, admittedly, a little hesitant.
Kimchee immediately won her over, though. So much of a convert was C that she's since introduced several friends to the restaurant, too - and, on her most recent trip there, C knew she had to grab a few photos for the blog.

C's lemon sole gui - as good as it looks

Put simply, the food in here is fantastic. Although not generally a 'fish' person, one of C's favourite foods is lemon sole - so seeing the Lemon Sole Gui on the menu, she couldn't resist. Marinated in a barbecue sauce with crispy noodles, it comes away in perfect flakes and is mouth-wateringly good - and pleasingly affordable.

Chicken Katsu Noodles


On this trip, C's friend opted for Chicken Katsu Noodles, which proved to be another sound choice, crispy and tender with a little kick of spice. On our trip there, A had opted for the Beef Tongue - very slightly too chewy, but full of flavour, and another good option. We'd also sampled the Kimchee, which is essentially spicy, pickled cabbage with garlic and makes for an unusual, but interesting, culinary experience.
Washed down with green tea and a glass of wine, you're looking at about £20 a head all in - excellent value.

Cute rice bowl

C also loves the décor and atmosphere in this place. Dark wooden tables, quirky lighting, trickling water features and an open-plan, shared dining experience which sees you sitting at long wooden benches next to other groups make for a perfectly relaxed weekday dinner.

All in all, Kimchee is brilliant; for the food, for the ambiance, for its affordability and, of course, for chopstick practice - after several trips, C's pleased to announce that she's mastered the art at last.

Please excuse the iPhone photos: it was an impromptu trip that proved too good not to blog!

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