A first for Bermondsey, this Korean restaurant occupies a pub near the waterfront, surrounded by newly spruced-up estates. A few of the locals continue to patronise the late-licence bar; but the majority of diners are small groups of young Koreans, grateful for a relaxed place to eat familiar food inexpensively.
The Korean barbecue tables are put to good use for the all-you-can-eat buffet, which costs £18.99; various cuts of pork and beef are cooked on the metal hotplate set into the table. There’s also a selection of à la carte dishes, but this is no place for Korean fine dining.
On our visit, the kimchi was tired, the namul (vegetable side dishes) not as fresh as you find in many other London Korean restaurants. A noodle dish was slathered in a generic sauce. Worst of all, the Korean fried chicken wasn’t cooked through properly; some of the meat was still raw in the centre. As such, we didn’t feel our experience here did justice to the impressive cooking of Korea. However, this pub has a convivial feel, and the staff are welcoming and inclusive.