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Kimchee

Restaurants, Korean King’s Cross
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A Korean restaurant in King’s Cross.

A very large, low-lit Korean restaurant on newly developed Pancras Square, this branch of Kimchee is sleek without being imposing. A water feature tinkles away gently at the entrance and the loos are posh, but it feels a bit corporate. Prices are mid-range, there’s Ibiza-day-lounge-style music and you sit at wooden latticed sharing tables. Wooden latticing is a big thing here.

The food started off exceptionally well, with a lovely deep bowl of beef rib and cabbage soup (ugeoji galbitang): spicy, satisfying and topped with spring onion. A dish of crisp-edged eggy tofu, stir-fried with pork and topped with kimchee was also fantastic. Greasy, thick udon topped with crispy fried chicken was another highlight.

Other dishes were less impressive. A single chargrilled king prawn arrived a bit cold and was a bit boring, really. My mul naengmyeon buckwheat noodles were overly sweet, too.

King’s Cross isn’t exactly foodie nirvana, so do go if you’re in the area, but order wisely. The perfect lunch would be the aforementioned soup and tofu. And it would only cost you about £16. Not bad for a place with posh loos.

Details

Address: 2 Pancras Square
King's Boulevard
London
N1C 4AG
Transport: Tube: King's Cross
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £80.
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Users say (4)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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tastemaker

It’s no surprise it’s usually very busy here- the food is so delicious and because of the location- the new bit behind Kings Cross station- it’s popular for work lunches.

The food is all fresh and full of flavour.

It is extremely difficult to decide what to have- the menu is as vast as the restaurant and has everything you’d expect to find at any Vietnamese street food market- Bibimbaps, noodle dishes, hot pots, soups, dumplings etc; all of it of course authentically cooked and fresh.

You can’t come here and not have the namesake Kimchee- fermented cabbage and seasoning. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and here they do it in fish sauce so not for vegetarians either- but if you are a fan you’ll approve of it here.

Don’t come expecting a quick meal- take your time, savour the food and the buzzing atmosphere.

Despite the at-times slow service, it’s a great experience.

tastemaker

I have found Kimchee be a suitible location for lunch meetings.


Great Atmosphere, quick food, and reasonably priced

tastemaker

I’ve eaten here a couple of times now and the food is really very good – but they could do with a few more veggie mains in my opinion. The second time I opted for a selection of starters and side dishes which worked out to the same price as a main and were really tasty. The service is great until it comes to asking for the bill and then staff are nowhere to be found. However, it does get really busy and they pack people in so that you are cramped for space.


My favourite thing about this place is the toilets. I know that sounds odd, but you walk down a really lovely staircase with lights on the steps and a banister which is hollowed out into the wall. Then you are greeted by incense, a beautiful bathroom with wonderfully relaxing music being played and gorgeous sinks with where the water gently pours out of the taps at the perfect temperature into your hands. The hand towels are really great quality too. I know it’s odd to spend more time reviewing the toilets than the food but honestly if I could have eaten my dinner down there I absolutely would have!

tastemaker

Delicious Korean restaurant located on the brand new Pancras square behind Kong's Cross station.
The restaurant looks quite classy but the food is great value for money.
The architecture of the place is pretty amazing with really high ceilings and dark wooden interiors.
I got a bit lost on the way to the toilets but discovered a second area (less busy than the first one and much quieter) where you can book tables or area.
I must say that this restaurant reminded me a lot of Busaba but I definitely recommend it.

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