Bi Bim Bap

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6 Love It
Bi Bim Bap, 11 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4DJ
Soho

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

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 3 star:4
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:1
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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
Staff Comp

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.