This tiny restaurant off Byres Road brings a unique and seductive take on Korean flavours and dishes to the Glasgow street food scene.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Diners are first drawn to Kimchi Cult by glowing red glass candle holders, a deep wooden window table, several tomes on Korean cooking and a stylish black, red and gold tin of gochujang sauce – the sweet and savoury Korean chilli sauce. Once inside, the open dining kitchen staffed by a trio of engaging chefs confirms that here, just off Byres Road, something exciting is happening. With a background in London pop-up and street food and two years in Korea, the owners have long dreamed of tempting Glaswegians with their ‘punk riffs on Korean classics’. Their food resonates with the tang of kimchi, the Korean superfood made mainly from fermented cabbage. Delights include Chinese baos wrapped round meltingly tender pork belly with pickled cucumber, hoisin sauce and sriracha, chips with cheese and kimchi, and unforgettably crunchy free-range fried chicken, meltingly soft inside and served with ubiquitous dark red spicy gochujang sauce. Specials rotate weekly and include prawn bao, kimchi fried rice and kimchi jjigae – pork and tofu in a rich kimchi and anchovy sauce with wild rice – comfort food at its best and most seductive.
- High point: Convivial dining with a comfort food kick
- Low point: The sit-in area is very small and no toilet
- Notable dish: Kimchi jjigae
- Delivery: Deliveroo
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions
- Music on stereo: 6Music
- Capacity: 10
- Largest group: no bookings
- Open since: 2016