Bi Bim Bap

Delicious Korean food at Bi Bim Bap
West End

This is the second branch of the popular Korean mixed rice restaurant in Soho. Since the first branch opened in 2011, Bi Bim Bap has become a regular favourite for a cheap and warming bowl of its namesake dish – bibimbap. Served here in hot stone bowls (dolsot), there are ten varieties of the spicy rice mix to choose from including beef fillet, spicy pork and five different veggie options, all topped with a range of shredded vegetables and ready for you to mix with all the chilli sauce (gochujang) and bean paste you fancy.

Even the simplest version topped with seasoned vegetables (cucumber, bean sprouts, spinach) and a fried egg was filled with flavour, and just the right amount of crisp rice. Our spicy hotpot with pork slices and hot and sour pickled kimchi cabbage also packed a flavoursome punch. 

Housed in a much narrower space than the Soho original, what the Charlotte Street branch lacks in spaciousness it makes up for with lively dishes and charming staff. 

Venue name: Bi Bim Bap
Address: 10 Charlotte Street
Opening hours: Open noon-3pm; 6p-11pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street

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My partner and I visited this restaurant tonight and were very happy with the choice we made. Neither of us had eaten Korean food before and I was a little dubious of the high veg content but I needn't have been. We were seated straight away by a very friendly young woman and after browsing the menu we decided on the plum wine and the Korean beer. The plum wine is sweet but powerful. We ordered the squi for a starter and both had the chilli chicken in stone bowl. Well, the flavours were great and I just added a little miso sauce to it. I probable would have licked my bowl clean if it hadn't have been so hot! Definitely recommend this restaurant if you're on a budget and want something different. Total for the meal including drinks was a little over £30. We know we'll visit again!