Bi-Won

Restaurants, Korean Bloomsbury
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Bi-Won's bright, wood-lined dining room proves a popular venue for British Museum visitors astute enough to hunt this out amid the plethora of average local alternatives. Expect a menu filled with Korean and Korean-fusion dishes.

That means options such as dolsot bibimbap (rice, meat and vegetables cooked in a stone pot, enlivened here by added pine nuts), jajangmyun (thin Chinese-style noodles rolled in sweet soy sauce) and kimchi chigae, a bubbling stew packed with thin slices of belly pork, green onions, tofu and fermented cabbage.

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Venue name: Bi-Won
Contact:
Address: 24 Coptic Street
London
WC1A 1NT
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Russell Square or Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: Main courses £5-£8. Set meal £17-£25 per person (minimum 2).
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mangolisa
tastemaker

tiny, cosy and utterly comforting for a midday supper on a rainy London evening, Bi Won serves a spread of authentic traditional Korean dishes.


WE just came for a quick meal and my friend was not a stranger to this place. We had the delicious kimchi pancake which was dense with flavour and umami and crispy on the outside - just as a Korean pancake should be. 


The miso seafood stew was delicious and hot and the small size of the bowl looked deceptive because it was enough to share for two. It came with a bowl of white rice. You can also ask to replace the white rice with a black or brown option.


My friend who doesn't eat meat specifically chose this restaurant because it offers something different for a non meat eater. 


The menu is very comprehensive and I look forward to come again to sample the otehr dishes.

Photosbysooz
Tastemaker

This is obviously a great authentic Korean restaurant - even on a cold, windy, drizzly Monday evening it was busy with Koreans tucking into food, covering their table. However, I am not entirely sure it's for me, as a non-meat eater and clueless in the world of Korean food, apart from my love of Kimchi, which I buy from my local Korean shop anyway!

My friend and I had very little idea how to order from the menu, it was a pity that the lady serving didn't engage with us and help us on this, though this was in no way down to poor manners; she was obviously shy and had limited English, just a shame for newbies like us as I think it could have got us a better meal. What my friend and I did have was very tasty indeed and my noodles had a nice kick. 

However, I would add at least one more £ sign to the Timeout Review, as this place is not cheap. My meal cost me £20 and all I had was half a portion of dumplings, a small bowl of chilli tofu and a Korean Tea. I felt that we could easily have ordered more and then, actually, you're looking at least £30 a head. Expected for central London and good quality food, but not what I would class as cheap.


If you like, and know, Korean food, I would say heading here is a good choice. If you're like me and don't eat meat and don't know your way around a Korean menu, you might not find it your kind of place.


Mi P

should go if you are looking for good Korean!!!
Every time I miss my mother's food I go there. I tried most of Korean restaurant in central London,
but I think Biwon is the best one both taste and price compared to other restaurant.

Abdul

The place looks great and has the kitchen not too far from the downstairs' seating, and I immensely enjoy the scent of delicious food being cooked. The people are really friendly and are easy to talk to. I always order the barbecue beef or the salmon. It doesn't take long and is always delicious. They have weekly newspapers in Korean, Japanese and Chinese that are useful for any intermediate or higher learners. All in all, a wonderful place.

Viv

Small restaurant which opens for lunch and dinner on a Sunday! There was a wide selection of dishes and the food came quite quick. The Korean pancake was delicious, crispy and soft on the inside and not oily. We went for the set lunch meal which came is generous proportions. Not too pricey, would definitely recommend!

ashia

Small and cozy restaurant, owned and cooked by native koreans. Wide variety of options including the classic korean bbq, rice and noodles dishes and stews. Typical sides (kimchee, seasoned spinach, etc..) which accompany meals is priced at approx £3.50 per dish so pricy but some of the best tasting in the city. Service was good and everyone was friendly. Definitely visit vs. the awful Kimchee restaurant chain.

alex

Excellent Korean restaurant, under new management, so all the bad comments before summer are pointless. Efficient service and one of the best Asian food I have tasted in London. Great choice!!

David

Had an excellent lunch here a week ago. Chatting with the lady who served us I heard that she had recently taken the place over... Hopefully the engagement of this professional owner will improve the experience and food sampled by dinners and thus the reviews. Korean food is sadly not well introduced to new diners: the restaurant owners or their staff seem to underestimate the interest and sophistication of people eating out in London. People are keen to try new things but don't want to be patronised with Fusion versions or ripped off overpriced dishes. As one reviewer has already said one of the joys of Korean food is that it is generous and really tasty when a balanced meal is ordered...

rosekandy

To me it's brilliant, and as an Asian who grew up eating all kinds of oriental food, this Korean restaurant is very authentic, I ordered the raw beef with rice in hot pot - excellent, other dishes are very good too. Service was very good, very friendly & homely. Good value of money I would say. Would definitely go back.

GallopingGourmet

Came across this restaurant. Thought we would try Korean dishes. Fodd was not great andf portions very small. Stodgy rice. Assorted fruit as dessert was half a cut orange. The set menu at £20.00 per person represented poor value for money. Staff not very overly welcoming and seem to bring next course quite quickly which seems to be aimed at getting the meal over quickly. A can of cola was £2.50 but then I suppose it is the West End. Wish I had hunted around a little more for a better deal.