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 this unassuming Southside gem.

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That a number of Asian restaurants have sprung up in Southside’s student-central over the past decade is no surprise. Even those without one eye on their overdraft and the other on daytime television are drawn here for good eats at good prices, and Sodaeng – a lively space adorned with Korean paintings, traditional masks, ceramics and other paraphernalia – provides exactly that. National staple bibimbap is the ultimate in Asian comfort food – stir beef, vegetables, beansprouts, egg yolk and fiery gochujang chilli paste before eagerly devouring. Ox-bone broth with beef brisket and slippery noodles is equally as nourishing for both the soul and stomach despite some over-enthusiastic pepper-grinding, while the pan-fried pork and spring onion dumplings are pint-sized parcels of piggy pleasure. There’s no alcohol licence but why fret over that when the traditional roasted barley tea counters the punch of the spicier dishes as well as any beer. Sodaeng may keep itself to itself – it doesn’t even have a website – but don’t expect to mosey in on a weeknight and find a free table. Two words. Book. Ahead.

  • High point: Comforting Korean food served up by friendly, knowledegable staff
  • Low point: If you don’t book, be prepared to wait
  • Notable dish: Pan-fried pork and spring onion dumplings
  • Average price: £18.50 (lunch); £18.50 (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 is charged per person, not per drink)