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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A Korean restaurant on Kennington Lane.

Daebak opened in late 2017, just over the road from fellow Korean restaurant Jihwaja and is a worthy alternative if you don’t want a side order of karaoke with your kimchi. It’s taken over the site of a long-standing greasy spoon and, for better or worse, it still feels like a caff. Tables are tightly packed, the radio is way too loud and it doesn’t take cards for less than £10. But prices are low, portions are large and the chefs know their way around a fryer.

The Korean classics (kimchi, glass noodles, bibimbap) are all here, along with Japanese imports in the shape of katsu curry, tempura and teriyaki. Seafood pajeon had prawns and spring onion set in springy golden pancake batter; the starter portion was enough for two to share and would easily feed one as a light main course. Nicely marinated beef bulgogi and crunchy chunks of fried chicken with a punchy soy and garlic sauce also impressed. The only dud dish was a plateful of greasy dumplings in which it was impossible to tell one mushy filling from another.

Local word-of-mouth is filling the place out, with even lunchtime tables hard to come by towards the end of the week. In Korean, ‘daebak’ means ‘awesome’. It’s getting there.


Herbert House
312 Kennington Lane
SE11 5HY
Tube: Vauxhall
Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £75.
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