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Yami

New Malden, Surrey

One of the smaller café-style eateries on the High Street, Yami is nevertheless light-filled and comfortable. The cosy little nooks, created by wooden partitions between tables, are popular with the young clientele – who come in groups and pairs, pulling up seats and knocking back soju to counteract the fiery cooking. Service is equally young and chirpy; our waitress was all smiles all night, offering concise recommendations for the uninitiated. A plate of well-seasoned, almost smoky chicken gizzards was a textural delight, the gizzards fresh and pleasingly crunchy. Soo doo boo chigae, a spicy soft tofu stew with egg, was perfectly done: soft tofu curds melting in the mouth, with the bold, deeply savoury stew as a backdrop, and the richness of just-set egg yolk bringing the two together. Our next dish was less successful; slices of pork belly marinated in spicy chilli paste, grilled on the barbecue in front of us, consisted mainly of chewy fat and an overly sweet marinade. Still, people clearly return here, no doubt in part due to the sweet and welcoming staff.

Venue name: Yami
Contact:
Address: 69 High Street
London
KT3 4BT
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Sat.
Transport: Tube: New Malden rail
Price: Set lunch £5. Main courses £6-£11.

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mo

good casual korean bbq place. try non-marinated beef rib bbq with onion salads. healthy and delicious. cannot help eating too much is only cons

Miss K

A group of 3 of us visited Yami for lunch on Saturday. On entering the restaurant, it was busy and we were told a 5-10 minute wait. We chose to wait. Behind us was a small queue - all Koreans. When the first table became available, the 2 Koreans behind us were given the table saying that they have a reservation. We waited a further 10 minutes for the next table. Next table came available and we were told this was our table. As we headed over, suddenly another couple from the queue sat themselves down. Again saying they had a reservation. when we questioned this, the staff all looked at each other and said it was "reserved". In summary this place gives Koreans priority over westerners. There are also "hidden" seats at the back where western customers are not allowed to sit. I am appalled at the level of discrimination.