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Cah Chi (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Korean Borough of Merton

Time Out says

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In a residential Raynes Park location, unquestionably one of the best Korean restaurants in the London area.

Please note, Cah Chi Raynes Park has now closed. Time Out Food editors, June 2018.  

There’s a real warmth to this residential Raynes Park restaurant, which pulls an appreciative crowd of Eastern and Western diners. Even on a cold, dark evening, the dining room feels light and bright – and comfortably cosy. The smiling staff are happy to talk you through a menu that contains more than just the standard array of barbecues, stews and stir-fries. We’re always impressed by the depth and complexity of the flavours here, and our most recent visit was no exception.

Cah Chi is known for its excellent sundae: black pudding stuffed with cellophane noodles. You can have it either au naturel in thick slices with a little salt for dipping, or stir-fried with cabbage, onion and chilli on the table-top grill. The latter version was a glorious combination of textures and flavours, including deeply savoury perilla leaves (kkaennip).

Also first-rate was a side dish of raw, pickled squid strands in a silken, sweet, spicy koch’ujang-based sauce; the seafood had just the right amount of resistance as you bit into it. Even the complimentary panch’an are better than average, with subtle own-made kimchi and sweet, nutty adzuki beans a regular feature. Without doubt, this is one of the best Korean restaurants in the London area.

 

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Address: 34 Durham Road
London
SW20 0TW
Transport: Tube: Raynes Park rail or bus 57, 131
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