Kim's Mini Meals
If you’re up for queuing, expect charming hospitality and excellent Korean home cooking in this unique family living room-cum-restaurant.
For three bustling hours, six days a week, this tiny family restaurant throngs with customers after their fix of Korean specialities like kimchi, bulgogi, kimbap and, yes, spam. The no-bookings policy means there’s rarely a night without a queue, and though the vibrancy and energy of the service (headed by the dynamic Harkwoon Kim) makes it move reasonably quickly, the strict 8.30pm kitchen closure means you want to get there early. The food is handsome recompense for the wait, with a complimentary soup and outstanding pickles whetting the appetite for the treats to come. Among these, dolsot bibimbap – a spitting-hot stone bowl layered with rice, vegetables, meat and egg, mixed at the table – is a particular highlight, as is the alarming sounding but completely delicious kimchi jigae, a fermented cabbage and spam stew. Though tasty, this is rustic food, so don’t expect the seasoning of the pa jeon to be perfect, or the mussels in the bokkeumbap to be be juicy and tender, but do expect it to be generous, comforting and full of character.
- High point: A good Korean pickle is one of life's finer things
- Low point: The gamble of getting in in the first place
- Notable dish: Dolsot bibimbap
- Private dining: Up to 6 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Big, sweeping classical numbers
- Capacity: 20
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 2010
- BYOB: £3 wine, £1.50 beer corkage