94 Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9NH
  • Telephone 0131 629 1190
  • Opening times Mon–Fri noon–3pm & 5pm–9.30pm; Sat noon–10pm; closed Sun.
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–3pm, 5–9pm. Closed Sun.
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Authentic Korean food served up by knowledgeable staff at an unassuming Southside gem.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Located near Edinburgh Uni, Sodaeng keeps hordes of students going with fresh, wholesome Korean cooking. The décor is minimal but cheerful staff and Korean pop tunes create a fun atmosphere. There isn't a starter culture in Korea and traditionally food is brought to the table when ready, but the staff will happily pace your meal to suit. Tiny plates of free bites arrive to nibble on while waiting for dishes like ddukbokki – thick chewy rice cakes and fishcakes in a chilli sauce which is apparently a favourite among Korean youngsters. There is a large selection of main courses including noodles, stews, hot pots, and stir-fried dishes – dak galbi is tender chicken stir-fried with sweet potatoes in a hot and sweet savoury sauce which just begs to be poured over the accompanying boiled rice. There are no puddings to speak of but if you're feeling adventurous sample the rice punch, a sweet milky drink said to aid digestion.

The List's rating






Rachel Kavish Wheatley visited Sodaeng on 12 March 2018
  • High point: Wide selection of unusual dishes to try
  • Low point: Only three tables can be booked for any sitting
  • Notable dish: ccan pung ki - deep fried chicken with spicy hot sauce
  • Average price: £16 (lunch); £16 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Korean pop
  • Capacity: 24
  • Largest group: 6
  • Open since: 2014
  • BYOB: £1.50 corkage (Corkage charged per person, not per drink)