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Britta Jaschinski

In a part of town where dining is fast and service is expected to be faster, Ceena deliberately brands itself as a Korean fast-food restaurant. The takeaway business is just as important as the eat-in trade, and packaging is eco-friendly.

On an evening visit, the surrounding City pubs were spilling over with suits supping pints, but the high stools next to the horseshoe-shaped counter were all but empty.

We suspect it’s more popular for lunch than dinner. The shortish menu consists of the usual roll-call of barbecue dishes, pancakes and bibimbap, along with a couple of fusion-style salads. The simple flavour of our nokdoo (mung bean) pancake – crisp-coated and soft-middled – was complimented well by a sharp-edged soy and vinegar dipping sauce. Beef dolsot bibimbap was an ample portion, complete with a raw egg cracked in the centre, but the toppings were a little skimpy.

The food at Ceena may be more filling than refined, but it’s an appealing alternative to the standard office worker lunch of packet sandwiches and supermarket sushi. For a change from the usual soft drinks, try the dried persimmon and cinnamon punch.



Venue name: Ceena
Address: 13 St Bride Street
Opening hours: Meals served 11.30am-9.30pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: City Thameslink rail, Farringdon tube/rail or bus 17, 45, 46, 63
Price: Main courses £5.30-£16. Set meal £15-£20 3 courses
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Frederik S

What a lovely place, small but tidy and comfortable. The food was wonderful and the service was polite, efficient and faultless. I especially enjoyed Beef Galbi Sizzling BBQ with rice and Hite(Korean beer). Also, we had a pancake with ice cream for dessert, which was brilliant as well. Fantastic overall !! Definitely back again!!

Anna B

I went to Ceena on a catch up with my friends and it was great choice for our meet up. I had made a reservation, and they prepared very cozy and private seat in downstairs for us.Service was good and also foods were really tasty. We had really lovely memories about Korean food and Ceena. Thank you Ceena! See you soon!

Cecil W

I love this place to go out and enjoy Korean BBQs with Soju with a few friends. The staff were efficient. The owner was so friendly. It's a great concept: genuine Korean cuisine mixed with locally friendly atmosphere. I am looking forward to visit them again.

Hugo Chellew

It's rare to have something so sizzling yet so refreshing at the same time. It's about time Korea spread it's spice and passionate culture to the culinary world of the west. Ceena gets a balance between traditional korea and westerner friendly service that you won't find in other Korean restaraunts around London. A definite reccomendation.

David Miller

. Absolutely awesome food - all BBQ were cooked over a front grill in a sizzling way. i loved the sizzling bibimbap with mushroom as a vegetarian choice. the pizza style seafood pancake blows others away. service was good and dine-in seating is a little compact but that didn't matter really.


Food is okay, however as written by some other people below the owner/manager guy was ever so rude and stressed, as he was shouting the last two digit number of the order on the receipt expecting customer to respond, and when she didn't know which number it was he told her off. This is no way to treat a customer. Also I'm sorry to say that the staff can't understand simple English, so much so that they fail to listen to customers' straightforward questions. (e.g. can't understand "seating" etc.) I recommend better training and/or recruitment.

M Salgado

Very reasonable price (£5.80) for a lunch portion of Bimibap. Deliciously cooked BBQ pork with a range of vege on a bed of perfectly cooked rice. Truly superb. Can't wait to go back. Ignore the rubbish reviews, the rice was well cooked...


ordered take away, the rice is undercooked and hard and when i called in to complain the owner made a ton of excuses stating that from 'a year long research' they have decided that this is the right and preferred taste of the rice from his customers. YES RIGHT WE ALL LIKE UNDERCOOKED FOOD. not. dislike, i paid a tenner for a measly lunch which had less than a bowl of rice and less than half a portion of beef. which may have been compensated if it actually tasted GOOD. not even mediocre. beyond BAD. i am not eating RAW rice.

Mrs blu

I went for the 1st AND last time to Ceena and I totally agree with the person who wrote just below. The owner or the guy responsible for the restaurant was SO rude! The service was appaling , we wasted our lunch hour seating next to the hot stove just to smell our hair and clothes - but food? after 45minutes for a little tasteless soup which costs £6.20 Honestly the worst Korean place I've ever been in my life and strongly recommend you NOT to visit !

Mr. R

Went to Ceena with few friends, service were really bad. We had to wait for long time and all the order we placed were wrong. The worst is they didn't respond to our complaint. Never go there again.

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