Ong Gie

Ong Gie
22a Brougham Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9JU
  • Telephone 0131 229 0869
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5.30–11pm. Closed Sun.
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Ong Gie

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Friendly, authentic Korean barbecue with a huge selection of specials and a decent wine list.

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A delicious and friendly taste of Korea in Tollcross, Ong Gie takes in barbecue, stews, rice and noodle dishes. The flavours are bold mixes of sweet, soy and chilli, served up alongside fresh salads, homemade kimchi and fragrant bowls of rice. Seafood stew, loaded with crab, mussels, squid, scallops and wood ear mushrooms, is a sumptuous combination of flavours and textures. But for sheer theatre and fun, the bulgogi barbecue dishes are hard to beat, with Wan on hand to advise on how best to prepare the feather-cut beef, pork belly, ox tongue and chicken slithers which customers cook themselves on the griddles set into each table. This personal touch sets Ong Gie apart, with the owners happy to talk diners through the traditions of Korean ingredients and recipes. A carefully selected wine list helps diners pair their grape to what might be unfamiliar flavours.

The List's rating
7.6

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Chris Marks visited Ong Gie on 11 July 2019
  • High point: A very warm welcome
  • Low point: Slim pickings for vegetarians
  • Notable dish: Crispy rice and seafood stew
  • Average price: £17 (lunch); £17 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's high chairs
  • Music on stereo: Korean music
  • Capacity: 42
  • Largest group: 44
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

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