The cosy booths in this long-established restaurant just off Carnaby Street are filled with a vibrant mix of families, Koreans and the usual West End crowd. Try not to end up in the brightly lit private dining room at the back, as you’ll miss out on much of the bustling atmosphere. Hot hand towels are brought to the table as soon as you sit down – a nice touch.
The menu covers the usual Korean repertoire (soups, barbecue, stir-fries and noodles) executed to a reasonable standard. Tolsot bibimbap is available in an assortment of flavours, including beef, pork, chicken, prawn or tofu; egg doesn’t come as standard, though, so ask if you want it (for a £1 supplement). Our beef version was tasty enough, but too oily.
From the barbecue menu, sweet marinated pork contrasted well with its salt and sesame oil dip. A selection of namul included satisfyingly crunchy blanched bean sprouts and palate-cleansing, sweet, spicy radish.
Buzzers brought staff – who were polite if not over-friendly – to the tables quickly. Although barley tea is missing from the drinks list, there are plenty of other Korean options including ginseng tea and soju cocktails.