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Gogi

Restaurants, Korean Edgware Road
4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Gogi

Time Out says

This Korean bar and grill in Maida Vale certainly looks bang on trend - there's loads of bare brickwork, imposing chrome ducts and exposed filaments dangling over the bar. There's a contemporary feel to the food too, with classic Korean dishes often given a modern twist or two.

Traditionalists shouldn't fret, though. Dishes such as kimchi, bossam, jap chae noodles and beef bulgogi all feature, as do various dolsot bibimbaps - stone pot dishes of mixed rice with an oyster sauce. Steak tartar - here seasoned with sesame sauce and served with sliced pear and egg yolk - is an example of the more imaginative side of the menu.  

A short wine list keeps the focus on big-hitting old world regions, but bottles from Argentina and Chile feature too. Cocktails include a selection based on soju (the popular Korean spirit), while beers include Asahi and Hite - the latter from Korea.

Keep an eye out for lunch deals, too.   

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Address: 451 Edgware Road
London
W2 1TH
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4 out of 5 stars

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4 / 5

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tastemaker

I absolutely adore Korean food and it’s perfect for this cold and wind-chapped lips.

What we had: 

* Kimchi Fried Rice: Stir fried rice with kimchi and spring onion and fried egg on top

* Kimchi Jjigae: Spicy kimchi stew with pork and tofu

* Spicy Chicken: Hot sauce marinated chicken with mixed vegetables

Everything we tried had a great kick and some warm-you-all-the-way-into-your-bones goodness. I absolutely love Kimchi Jigae on a cold day, it gives you rosy cheeks a sniffly nose and a very happy and contented belly. The portion sizes were decent and they serve the dishes in the traditional little black clay pots. Definitely try the Dolsot Bibimbap, although the Kimchi fried rice was also very good. The spicy chicken also came in a large bento with a lot of sides so it’s great value for money for under a tenner. Service is efficient and friendly and overall I think it’s a fantastic local to have. As if people living near Edgware Road don’t have it good enough! 


Tip: they have lunch sets available which means you can still have a little bbq without having to do the full whack.


Good For: large groups, casual lunch/ dinner, catch up with friends, authentic Korean

Tastemaker

We went on a Monday evening and took advantage of the 2-for-1 appetisers, ordering Gogi dumplings and oyster tempura. Both were immaculately presented, crispy yet juicy and so moreish, we were very close to getting more! For mains, we went for the BBQ Gogi Special Platter, which included beef ribeye, soy chicken and beef bulgogi (thin slices of marinated beef) with the recommended pamoochim (spring onion salad) and ssangchu (fresh lettuce leaves) sides…and our wild card choice of chicken fried udon.


The waitress cooked the fresh meats on a grill built into our table with some fresh courgette slices and shitake mushrooms and it was lovely to smell and see it sizzling right in front of us. We wrapped small pieces of meat in a lettuce leaf filled with some spring onion salad and a dollop of bean sauce and it was truly delicious! The slightly vinegary seasoned salad complimented both the beef and chicken.


Though the udon was tasty, it was far from spectacular and if I had the chance, I would have traded it in for more BBQ meat! We finished with two desserts, a chocolate fondant served with ice cream and frozen yoghurt served with cherry coulis and berries. Unfortunately, this was where the service faltered for the first time, serving one incorrect dessert and a fondant that was cooked through! They swiftly corrected the situation, however, I would probably recommend you go to Gogi solely for the savoury dishes! I’ll definitely be back for some kimchi, more BBQ and maybe to try a hot pot.


I've never quite frequented this area in the past, but I love Korean food and was interested to try it after a friend recommended the place.

We went for lunch on a weekday so it was quite quiet.
We started off with the tasty kimchi pancake which I order in most Korean restaurants. I also was really craving some Jap Chae which they thankfully had - stir fried glass noodles with beef, vegetables and seasoned with soy sauce and sesame oil.

There were also some little salads as some of our dishes were available in the set lunch menu, which was slightly cheaper. And of course we ordered some sides of kimchi and bean sprouts.

The beef dolsot bibimbap was delicious - another one of those dishes that I love. The spicy chicken with mixed vegetables was prepared in the kitchen (for the lunch set menu) but I think you can request to have the meats cooked at your own table if you wish to do so. The chicken was really tender and the sauce was delicious - great on it's own, but even better with rice!
The kimchi fried rice was topped with an egg and was also very appetising - I just love all things kimchi-related.

Overall it's a nice and relaxing place, with good value for money. The staff are also friendly and I would visit again for some good, comforting Korean food.

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