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Su La

© Tricia de Courcy Ling
New Malden, Surrey

One of the more sophisticated Korean restaurants in New Malden, Su-La is spacious and smartly done up with private rooms and low wooden tables – most of which were filled on our visit by rowdy Korean businessmen. There are no beers here, only teas and soju. Prices are higher than you’ll find locally, but the food quality is generally good. Barbecued pork neck was smoky and tender, served with crisp lettuce, mild chillies and peppery slices of garlic, to be dipped in a hot bean paste: a wonderful explosion of flavours. A greaseless kimchi p’ajeon was thin, crisp and immensely satisfying. Cod roe chigae, chock-full of sea-flavoured, meaty roe sacks, was better than the kimchi chigae, the latter being unpleasantly thick and tasting more of tomato than spicy kimchi. The theme continued with the raw skate naengmyun, which though being texturally pleasing (the fish’s crunchy wing cartilage offering plenty of bite) was a touch too sweet. While we appreciated the sleek decor and sober service, we missed the friendliness of the smaller caffs down the road.

Venue name: Su La
Address: 79-81 Kingston Road
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-11pm Sat.
Transport: Tube: New Malden rail
Price: Main courses £7.50-£11. Set lunch £5-£7. Set dinner £12.50 per person (minimum 2).

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Was not very impressed 1st time to Korean restaurant very pricey for what we had, staff were pleasant, the table we had was in the main room very basic one up from a cafe although there were lots of curtained off rooms people came out from. a diner collapsed when leaving because he was so drunk and was dragged out by an older man,so there was entertainment! some dishes never came out but it was so confusing the way the food was served half of the food was very nicet he other half nothing special, the wine would have bumped up the price at £14.00 for a bottle (we only had 1) total cost £46.00 per person worth a try for lunch maybe but evening meal on saturday night Sorry dissapointing