Bi Bim Bap

Restaurants , Korean Soho
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Bi Bim Bap, 11 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4DJ

Tuck into rib-sticking renditions of the Korean staple, bibimbap: a layered dish of rice, spiced vegetables and meat topped with a fried egg.

Bright colours, Ikea-style furniture and walls plastered with Polaroid snaps of happy diners mark Bi Bim Bap as a youngsters’ hangout. It’s more suited to an after-work pit stop than a lingering meal; service is quick and the food filling. There are Korean beers and spirits to try as well.

As the name suggests, Bi Bim Bap’s big draw is the stone-bowl rice dish of the same name – served in ten varieties. Classics include beef, chilli chicken, spicy pork or seafood, but veggies are well catered for too with tofu, mushroom, or brown rice, ginseng and gingko versions on offer. Some say the key to a good bibimbap is how well it’s mixed together, and staff let you do the honours here (as well as adding your own koch’ujang and doenjang sauces). In our experience, the results have always been sound, with crisp rice at the bottom and a decent amount of toppings to blend through.

Other dishes, including fried noodles, jeon pancakes and salads, can be more of a mixed bag. The wrappers on our vegetable dumplings seemed more air-dried than crisp-fried, though the chilli-speckled dipping sauce had plenty of flavour.

 

Venue name: Bi Bim Bap
Contact:
Address: 11 Greek Street
London
W1D 4DJ
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-10.30pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: Main courses £6.45-£9.95
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Ros A
Tastemaker

I was a bit "meh" about going here for lunch with my colleagues but I was pleasantly surprised by how good the food was. Masked behind a rather nasty wipe-clean-plastic-menu-with-a-hello-kitty-scary-vibe there is actually quite a good eatery hiding away. Service is pretty appalling (nonchalant, disinterested) but hey ho, it's fast and the food is good. So four stars from me.

Daisy H

A pretty nice quick lunch. Not life changing, but fairly tasty and good for the novelty of getting to (kind of) cook the meal yourself. Decor also leaves a little to be desired and its a little rammed, but definitely OK for a drop in drop out type lunch.

James A
moderatorStaff Writer

Definitely falls into the 'good for the price' category, you can get a filling and well-cooked lunch with a drink for around £10. Would have given this place four stars if it wasn't for the fact that I needed to pile on the chili sauce to give my 'spicy' chicken dish the kick I was expecting, but if you're not into spicy food that may well not be a bad thing!

Nick M

Cheap enough.  Tasty enough.  Useful for a quick lunch or evening budget pit stop, polished off my spicy pork bi bim bap bowl but it won't live long in the memory.  Chance also to broaden your beer horizons with a Korean Hite or Cass, disappointingly bland though.

Misha M.
tastemaker

This place is not too bad! I like their quick service and straight forward bibimbap. I do think perhaps they can add a bit more meat in there. 

A.Lara

Well-made and cheap for London! The place is nothing special as far as venue goes and it feels at times a bit fast-foody but the dishes are big, hearty and filling and go below the 8GBP.

Spicy pork is one of my favourites although the Beef Bool-Go-gi is also really nice. Make sure you add a raw egg on top and ask for brown rice, it is better!

The only downside to the place is that they take quite a few liberties timings wise. Last time, we went there at 9.30 at night and they had already closed despite the sign on the door said they closed at 10! They were already cleaning the floors and yet, they let us get in and enjoy a quick dinner. 

Poppy L
Tastemaker

Having stumbled across Bi bim bap for the first time last week, I had mixed feelings. I was with a vegetarian friend and our food was tasty but not memorable, without the miso dressing placed on every table it would have been pretty bland. I will try again, but definitely think the meat and fish options are Bi bim baps speciality. The toilets were a 5/10!

Hong-Anh
Tastemaker

BiBimBap gave me my first taste of Korean food and I've been a fan ever since! It serves up hearty and filling fare for an extremely wallet-friendly price! Whilst the star of the show is the eponymous dish, bibimbap (a Korean dish of rice and vegetable/meat/egg toppings, served in a hot stone bowl in order to cook the egg as it's mixed around), there is much to recommend the other things on the menu if you're feeling flush! The japchae (stir fried sweet potato glass noodles which are addictively umami and moreish) and the paejong (seafood pancake) are also highly recommended! It's the perfect place to go for a quick and cheap meal in the heart of Soho!

Livvi AT
Tastemaker

BiBimbap is one the best hidden gems within Soho and definitely worth a visit if it is your first experience of this Korean staple dish, or if you are a bibimbap connoisseur.

I have only ever eaten BiBimbap in this aptly named restaurant, so can’t speak for the other dishes (which there are plenty of), but really, if you are visiting here, you have to opt for their signature dish. A combination of rice, vegetables and meat, cooked in a hot stone bowl, with the addition of raw egg that cooks while you stir; BiBimbap is hearty and delicious. There are lots of varieties on offer, such as chilli beef, spicy pork and tofu with either white or brown rice. They also provide your with two magic sauces (they do say their names but I can never remember them!) which means you can tailor your own dish to your liking with addition of chilli and saltiness.

With yummy sides such as spicy rice cakes ( an odd idea, but essentially just tasty, sticky, chilli stodge- divine) and a selection of Korean beers on offer, BiBimbap is the perfect place for a quick pre theatre or post work dinner. If you are wanting a long catch up with a friend or a romantic dinner, probably opt for an alternative as the service is rapid and efficient in this café style eatery. 

aerweise
Tastemaker

This is one of my favourite restaurants in London. I love the Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap - a very simple but very tasty rice dish, with cucumbers, spinach, carrots and a few other vegetables, topped with either a fried or a raw egg. The dish cooks in a hot stone bowl, while you stir it, cooking the egg and the vegetables.


I can also really recommend the spicy rice cakes as side/starter. They have a weird chewy texture, are served in mildly spicy sauce and are highly addictive!


One of the downsides are the long queues, however, you can beat them if you try to be there at 6pm when they open.


Service can also be a bit of a hit and miss, sometimes you have to wait really long for you food, while at other times it arrives super quick.

Marcus W

Bi Bim Bap is the food of the gods, and here it's cheap, fresh and flavoursome.

Isabelly
Tastemaker

I initially loved the concept on having my meal served in a hot stone, and the raw egg really does take the dish to another level. However, as I'm one of the slowest eaters in the world (don't want to speak with my mouthful innit) by the time I'd reached the bottom of the bowl, the food had been cooked to a crisp. Although, the service is spot on and leagues above some of the other Korean restaurants I've visited in London, so I'd probably go back just for that.

Carly-Ann Clements
Staff Writer

This may not be the classiest looking restaurant in the world but it's possibly my favourite. In fact, it's so good I used to go here twice a week for lunch when I worked closer. Naughty? Maybe but it's so delicious and not horribly unhealthy.


If you like spicy food, I would recommend the spicy pork but if you like something more flavourful without the heat, the beef bulgogi is definitely the way to go. Also, embrace the raw egg. The hot stone bowl is so hot it'll cook through really quickly so you don't have to worry about any potential health issues and it's a great binder for the dish which kicks up the texture. I generally go for brown rice too but both bases are more than enjoyable.


If you're feeling really hungry, I would highly recommend the kimchi pancake as a starter or something to share. 


This is a great place to have lunch or a pre-theatre dinner. The staff are always friendly and efficient but I do feel like they are more attentive when you're sat upstairs.

Jaclyn
Staff Writer

I LOVE this place! Have been for lunch and dinner (not on the same day) and both were excellent. 

The Bulgogi Bibimbap is delicious – always say yes to the fried egg on top, it really brings the dish together.

The wall of fame is a great way to while away time spent in the queue at the door (if you get there before 6pm you’ll usually get a table straight away, but if you do have to queue it’s worth the wait!) The staff are great and the food arrives promptly, always fresh and piping hot.

I'd recommend trying to get a table upstairs if you can, the atmosphere is much better there than downstairs.

LSO

Love the hot pots!  Quick and easy, great for lunch when you don't have much time to wait.

Jane

Not very good, rice is a bit soggy and the pot is not hot enough

Fi C

Food was tasty but not out of this world, I expected more considering the queue and reviews. It's a good place to go if you're looking for fresh food whilst in Soho but don't go out of your way as you'll be disappointed. 

Katie

I love this place. It's delicious and cheap! I've never had a bad meal. I would strongly recommend.

Hayley

SImple menu, with great options. fast and friendly staff. great korean beer selection. Great for lunch or a pre-show dinner. Very cheap and and delicious - definitely recommended popping in! (just remember not to touch the bowl )

Ian

Friendly service, tasty food, good value if you want a quick meal while pasing through the area. Will go again.

Liz

Great food however service was slow, unfriendly and did not justify the 10% service charge which was automatically added to the bill. For wholesome Korean food on the go, Bi Bim Bap is great although for atmosphere and experience head elsewhere.

nmarman

Great value, great toilets , vast menu one of the best Koreans in central London

Rosabella

This is a little gem of a restaurant in Soho! They do the best BiBimBap's - and they do takeaway which makes them a perfect workday lunch venue. The food is healthy, delicious and filling which stops you snacking in the afternoon... Its at least a once a month treat for me. YUM!

Rene

One of my favorite restaurants in London. Great service, great food (all the bibimbap dishes are great and especialy the kimchi pancakes are to die for!), and a convenient location.