Time Out says
The name may bring to mind doner kebabs, but this slick, industrial-chic Korean restaurant is in fact a stylish respite from the chaos of Covent Garden.
The name may bring to mind nights of boozy excess soaked up by a doner kebab, but this slick, industrial-chic restaurant is in fact Korean. ‘Bab’ means ‘rice’, so ‘on the bab’ refers to dishes such as bibimbap, where meat, vegetables and eggs are piled onto rice and then stirred in by the diner. But it’s not just the usual Korean suspects of bibimbap, beef bulgogi and kimchi pancakes on offer here – although these are all well-made, generously portioned and reasonably priced. The menu also has a few wild cards up its sleeve, including a so-called ‘burrito’, which turned out to be two jumbo futomaki (sushi) rolls overstuffed with beef bulgogi and shredded vegetables, then sprinkled with deep-fried garlic. The gloriously junky Korean fried chicken, which retained its crunch despite being rolled in sweet and potent garlic mayo (one of four available dressings), also got a thumbs up. During the darn the dining room, with its subway tiles, marble tables and long bar surrounded by plum-coloured high leather seats, is a pleasant retreat from the chaos of Covent Garden; staff are eager to please yet discreet and everything arrives promptly. At night, the lights go down, the K-pop music goes up, and you could be in a bar. If that’s the way the night is heading, order up a couple of soju cocktails or a Hite beer.
36 Wellington Street
|Transport:||Tube: Covent Garden.|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30.|
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Users say (11)
Average User Rating
3 / 5
- 5 star:1
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:4
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:2
Very good pork bau bun
Burrito was interesting but ordered beef which I think was a bad choice as wasn't very high quality.
The fried chicken is good and moist but sweet and spicy sauce was pretty standard.
friendly staff nice vibes
We stumbled across this place trying to get a bite to eat before seeing Bill Bailey & we were all happily impressed. Family of 4 with 2 teenage boys who aren't most adventurous diners. We all chose different dishes & were suitably impressed by food especially considering the cost. The egg muffin was divine & this is the first time my sons have eaten cabbage voluntarily! It was packed & full of East Asians who I guess are more discerning customers than us. We will be going back.
We went here today for lunch on the back of Time Out's review, and we were sorely disappointed. We've had bibimbap at a bunch of places across town, and this was the most expensive and worst by far. It was served luke warm in a stainless steel bowl, rather than the usual sizzling stone bowl. The rice was slightly hot and the other ingredients (and the bowl) were cold, so once it was all mixed in, it wasn't hot at all. I think even the fried egg was cold.
Very very disappointing; will not be going back.
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