- Telephone 0131 629 1190
- Opening times Mon–Fri noon–3pm & 5pm–9.30pm; Sat noon–10pm; closed Sun.
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–3pm, 5–9pm; Fri/Sat noon–9pm. Closed Sun.
- Average price £10.50 (lunch); £13 (evening meal)
Sodaeng’s Korean food is lively and fresh, deserving of more than a second glance.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Sodaeng has sort of gained a bit of a last-picked reputation, being something of a shy kid next to it’s noisier neighbours on the Far Eastern hotspot that is Buccleuch Street. It’s not necessarily deserved though, and what it might lack in atmosphere (it’s pared-down interior doesn’t exactly buzz with life) it more than makes up for in its light and vibrant food. Bibimbab here is choc full of fragrant herbs, slivers of beef and delicious, crisp, golden-needle fungus; and there’s the lovely snap of Chinese cabbage in the aromatic, anise-infused pork bone broth. Pretty much everything, from crackly fried squid to slippery rice noodles, sings with freshness, and a meal leaves you feeling lively even if you order too much and can’t help but eat it all (a genuine risk).There’s no license, but there is a sensible £1.50 per person BYOB policy (why doesn’t everywhere do that?), and if you forget to go to the offy, they do import a delicious selection of teas; try the toasty barley Bori Cha.
- High point: Crunchy, lively, fresh food
- Low point: Not much spark in the service
- Notable dish: Chinese cabbage and pork bone broth
- Provides: Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Korean pop
- Capacity: 22
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 2014
- BYOB: £1.50 corkage (Corkage is charged per person, not per drink)