Annyeonghaseyo Cah-Chi

I’ve been away for a few weeks and so feeling like I haven’t blogged in forever, made it my mission to get something into the diary. With one of our friends just moving to Earlsfield (powers of persuasion) we decided to grab some dinner (like popping into sainbos for a sambo we can just grab dinner on the high street…… Just like that!) without making a night out of planning intensively!!

I’ve never tried Korean food before and I didn’t know what to expect but I had heard from a number of locals that it was amazing… And I have to admit from the moment we walked in until our departure it was like we were royalty…(ok I am exaggerating slighttly, but still…)

So of course we had to get a bottle of wine 😇 and what I hadn’t realised was that it is BYOB so that’s a bonus for the next time!

The menu has a wide selection of interesting dishes from rice, noodle, soup and stew dishes to the BBQ. The BBQ menu is what the restaurant prides itself on and each table is set up to accommodate this. You choose your meat (On this occasion it was duck and pork belly) and then the next thing your server transforms the table into your a mini kitchen but you aren’t cooking (obviously)

While we were drooling over the menu (not literally now, come on), trying to decide what to get, our server came over with some complimentary dishes (Nice touch), which included sticky soy beans, boiled egg yolk in soy sauce and spicy courgette and red pepper… Random selection but Yummy flavors!

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After some “ummming” and “ahhhing” decisions were finalized…From the menu we had:

Appetisers:
Kan-poong-gi – sweet and sour pork Korean style
Moon-o-ball – octopus ball with teriyaki sauce
Goul twi-gim – deep fried fresh oyster served with thick soy sauce

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Mains from the BBQ:

Sam-gyub-sal – grilled pork belly served with sesame oil and salt
Ju-mul-luk – tenderloin marinated in sesame oil and garlic

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Sides:
Mi-yeok salad – wet seaweed salad with spicy lime dressing
Sang-chu and pa-sengs-che – fresh lettuce and seasonal spring onion served with misp paste
Bab – steamed rice

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The girls got the BBQ and I opted for a couple of starters including the wet seaweed salad, octopus balls and deep fried oysters (obviously I was craving the ocean last Saturday night). I have to admit the octopus balls (don’t worry it was just the shape of how they were served) were a bit weird on the taste… I still don’t know whether I liked them or not… But everything else was spot on!

The Service:
They have it down to a tee in there. When you arrive you are served with wet towls to freshen up… the magic in it being they come out looking like mints and then they pour water into which they expand ( like a magic trick – “I’ve got the magic in me”)
I was asking what everything was (so I would have it all for the blog) and they were happy out explaining everything. 👍
On our departure they walked us to the door and gave us “Call again now” mints (Kate and Wills have nothing on us Earlsfielders😜)

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The overall bill came to 25 quid each, this was including our alcoholic beverages. For the BYO, there is a one-off charge of 4 quid. Will I go back there? Hell Yes!!!

Before you ask, the website is maintained but you can find menu’s online… if you are curious like.

~Earlie Girl

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