Bibimbap is the ultimate comfort food. Everything good is crammed into one bowl, making it the Korean equivalent of stuffing a Yorkshire pudding with all the Sunday lunch leftovers. It really is that good. Bi Bim Bap (inventive name I know) on Greek Street serves this dish for only £6.95 (an extra £1 for the egg), so if you’re in Soho looking for a quick food fix, then go here.
Inside is decorated like a teenage Korean girl’s bedroom with a collection of odd posters and pictures covering a lime green wall. There’s a queue every lunch and dinner but there are enough seats to ensure you won’t be waiting much longer than 10 minutes. The staff do their best to get you seated as quickly as they can, but they do tend to forget about you a little once you are seated. But with food costing less than a tenner, who really cares.
The starters are more of an after thought, and the tempura prawns were nothing special. Better was the chilli squid salt and pepper squid. The batter was light and crisp, the squid was tender. They could have been braver with the chilli though.
Then came the sizzling stone dish filled with rice, vegetables and spicy pork. My partner chose the beef equivalent. Definitely go for the raw egg yolk because it cooks with the heat of the dish and caking all the rice together. Some of the rice crisps up from the heat adding another texture. With miso and chilli sauce to give an extra hit of flavour, this is a really filling and tasty dish.
You’re in and out quickly making it ideal for a quick bite, and with winter here it’s perfect when you just need to be filled and warmed up. And as you can easily eat for less than £10 a head, there’s no excuses not to give this a try.