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On the Bab

Victor Frankowski
Victor Frankowski
Victor Frankowski
Victor Frankowski
Victor Frankowski
Victor Frankowski
Old Street

It might sound like a fitting end to a night on the lash, but ‘on the bab’ has nothing to do with picking up something from a kebab shop. Instead, it refers to the Korean word for rice – bab, or bap – and there’s plenty of it on this menu.

Jumping on the Korean fast food trend currently doing the rounds on London’s street food scene, the menu here features Korean-style fried chicken in spicy sauce and steamed, meat-stuffed buns. Our Korean fried chicken sprinkled with chopped peanuts was fine, though they do this dish better around the corner at Jubo. A fusion dish of deep-fried arancini risotto balls filled with spicy kimchi cabbage pickle, on the other hand, was a surprising winner.

Sporting a decidedly distressed look with exposed brickwork, diner-style fittings and enamel serveware, this hip upstart makes a fun spot for a meal. We still prefer On the Bab’s more sophisticated central London sibling Koba though.


Venue name: On the Bab
Address: 305 Old Street
Opening hours: 11.30am-11pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Old Street; Rail: Old Street or Hoxton Overground

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Had a fantastic meal at On the Bab last night. My particular favourites are the spicy fried chicken and the soft buns stuffed with bulgogi beef (a delicious marinated beef). My partner had the buns with spicy pork which were tasty also. The soju cocktails went down a treat! Service is friendly but discreet. I would highly recommend.


I have never served an instant noodle at restaurant... you should go Vietnamese restaurants 2 mins from there and they will serve you nicer and real food for less. i am very pissed off to see another fake low quality "trendy" asian food.

Lulu R Y

- Amazing food : small Korean style amazing tasty tapas with reasonable (affordable) price (3 of us with a bottle of wine and very full paid £65-ish, although wine cost £26) - Recommended food : Fried chicken, rice ball, bibimbab... and all of food actually - Friendly staff (some are a bit shy maybe?) - Nostalgic atmosphere - small but clean interior - oh, toilet light goes off while you are sat down...till you move again, it was a bit creepy...ooooohhhh - we would definitely (110%) go back!