K-Place

Restaurants, Korean Aldgate
3 out of 5 stars
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A Korean barbecue restaurant in the City, offering classic Korean dishes alongside modern takes on the cuisine – including Korean fried chicken, here dressed in a sweet chilli sauce or a honey, butter and garlic sauce. Meat is sourced from Smithfield and seafood from Billingsgate. 

Other menu items include savoury Korean pancake with kimchi and cheese, bibimbap with raw beef, chicken or pork, and tok bok ki – a popular Korean street food of rice cake with sweet soy or chilli sauce. Stir fried rice with kimchi and a fried egg proves popular. Korean beer also features.

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Venue name: K-Place
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Address: 1 St Mary At Hill
London
EC3R 8EE
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Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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Tastemaker

I went with a Tastecard, with was made very clear to me: there was one tastecard per person, which would entitle 50% off a starter, main and soft drink each at max (you didn't have to order all of these, but that was the max the tastecard would be valid on). We had seafood pancakes, pajeon; fried chicken; bibimbap and pork spine broth. The food was served very quickly, very flavoursome, hot and enjoyable. The bibimbap was incredibly filling, and the pajeon and chicken were very authentic.


With the food above and 2 x aloe vera drinks, the bill came to £12.24 each (including a pre-added tip). 


The restaurant itself didn't have a feel of luxury or even somewhere to go for a special occasion. As a cheap, quick dinner it is great, but for a meal of any importance, look elsewhere.

Tastemaker

I booked K-place based on the Tastecard 50% discount which is a little misleading. The restaurant page onTastecard says the offer is off the total food bill but it is actually just the a la carte menu which excludes starter, sides, set menus and chefs specials, so it doesn't leave a lot of choice.

The restaurant doesn't look like much, down a flight of stairs it seems a little pokey. It was also almost empty when I arrived for my 6pm reservation. Every table was either occupies or reserved when I left 90 minutes later so I would advise booking in advance.

Though the selection of food is not huge, it is good. Fried chicken in sweet chilli sauce and a crispy seafood pancake were both very enjoyable. The pièce de résistance of K-place is the bbq grill at each table. The is a large variety of different cuts of meats in various marinades which you can cook on the grill. These are about £12 each and coke with rice and lettuce to wrap the meat in. The marinated beef strips and pork belly were both delicious, wel flavoured good cuts of meat.

I also had a lime soju cocktail which was refreshing but if I had bin told it was a Korean version of Sprite I wouldn't have questioned it, there was no hint of an alcoholic taste.

The only downside to the experience was a hair in my rice. The server was very apologetic and replaces it immediately but I would have expected it to be removed from the bill. It won't stop me going back though.

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