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Seoul Bakery

Restaurants, Korean Bloomsbury
3 out of 5 stars
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Soul Bakery

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

At £3.50, you’d be hard pushed to find a cheaper bibimbap in London than the one on offer at this Korean caff tucked that's relocated from behind Centre Point to just around the corner on Great Russell Street. Pay an extra quid and they’ll add some beef, chicken or tuna to the rice, fried egg, vegetable and chilli sauce combo. Other highlights of the classic Korean menu are generously proportioned seafood pajeon pancakes – not the crispest, but guaranteed to fill you up – and fried rice dishes or spicy stews with boiled rice for around a fiver. 



Address: 14 Great Russell Street
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: Main courses £3.50-£5.99
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm daily
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Users say (9)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:1
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I went here in January 2018, and again in October. There was a waitress there, not Korean, and she put me off the whole experience, it was very kind of 'can you please get out of the doorway/wait outside for me to get you' and when i asked to go down to the kpop shop, she said she'd go down and unlock the door and i waited 20 mins, went upstairs, she told me to go back down...waited another 20 mins...went back up 'go back down please' no 40 mins...waited the final 20 mins, now angry that ive waited AN HOUR for someone to OPEN A DOOR (but i realllllly wanted to see the kpop merch) so eventually went to leave in anger, and she said 'oh my, did no one open the door for you?' - i nearly lost my head. not even an apology. ended up calming down and visiting the shop, and it was bare, and not in good condition. I was SO dissapointed (i bought my little brother and sister too). Other than that, everyone dining seemed happy, and the food looks great. It must have a good reputation for a reason! just that one server girl just killed me off that day.

I've been dreaming about the cheesy kimchi fried rice ever since I first visited Seoul Bakery. It's tiny, busy, and queueing is inevitable, but it's incredible value for money and more than worth the wait. Plus you can drink Milkis with your dinner, which is always a bonus (if you haven't tried one, you have to... it's like fizzy milk and it's delicious).


This is one of the cheapest Korean restaurants I know of in London – and it does a pretty good job in delivering quality.With teenage style graffiti doodles and K-Pop posters it’s like eating dinner in a twelve year old’s bedroom.My tuna bibimbap was a little on the small side, compared to other restaurants, but was super tasty. The Korean style rice rolls was ok but not my thing (think sushi with cooked meat and raw vegetables instead of raw fish). The Korean seafood and kimchi pancakes were so tasty though it was hard to share.It is great value and tiny so best not turn up at peak times, otherwise you are in for a bit of a wait. Recommended. Perfect for a pre-show meal.

This place is aighhht, not really a big fan. Not-real-cheese on rice, strange! I think sometime if it ain't broken, don't fix it. Just serve the traditional style bimbimbap, IMHO. 


Garfunkels or Korean.... Garfunkelys or Korean..... 

Well Seoul Bakery one the toss before we went to see a musical at the Dominion Theatre and boy I was not disappointed. We went as a 4some and it was tricky to get a table even at 1745. We had to queue and that proceeded right through to when we left. its not somewhere you can lounge and chat to friends in the evening, more of a quick eat and go. 

The bibimbap starts from £4.50 and for £1.50 extra you get a soup and either Barley Tea or Kimchi. You simply cant go wrong. The portions are small and not on a hot stone but the price is reflected and just means more room in your tummy to try starters and side dishes. We went for the kimchi pancake which i really recommend, the seafood pancake is good but the kimchi one had my preference 

Theres only one poor waiter so give him credit for sorting everyone out. I love the decor too. Just freestyle graffitti and the odd bit of k pop and stationery they are selling :) 

A complete gem and definitely a place I will return when I want a healthy lunch whilst shopping on oxford street or when I want a quick meal in the evening :) 


As my friend remarked, I am definitely “Grateful to this little gem!” We decided to try Seoul Bakery for lunch this afternoon because my friend had seen a really enticing picture of their fried kimchi rice on Instagram.

We were not disappointed and in fact left so satisfied and full, it was glorious. Of course my friend ordered the Kimchi Fried Rice with chicken, beef, cheese and egg as additional toppings – exactly like the one in the picture she saw! Her order arrived first and not only did it look very appetising but it tasted so too. There was so much flavour in the fried rice from the kimchi and all the toppings, there was really no need to add any of the sauces available on the table (homemade chili sauce and soy sauce).

I, on the other hand, went for another traditional Korean dish, the Bulgogi Beef Bibimbap. This is my favourite Korean dish because I love all the marinated vegetables that come with in the dish and how each restaurant includes different types to make it unique.

As it was quite a cheap meal – £4.50 for the Bulgogi Beef Bibimbap and an additional £1.50 to make it a set with Barley tea, miso soup and a side of kimchi – there weren’t that many pieces of beef (maybe 4-5?). But it was really filling because of the amount of rice and also because my friend and I ordered a serving of Beef Ghimbap to share. This ‘starter’ was done really well too – filled with fresh vegetables, pickles and bulgogi beef – and went well with their homemade chili sauce!

What I thought was really cute about this restaurant was how small and quaint it was. The walls were decked out with lovely messages from customers in all sorts of shapes and colours, which made the place feel very home-y and comfortable. It was a really nice way to add some art and originality to the place, as it is a really small eatery. I also liked that they sold trinkets and typical Korean snacks and drinks, like a mini convenience store!

The staff here seem very few, but the restaurant is very small; so this is understandable. However, they do not seem to care much to talk to or help the customers; and due to the premises being so small, you can often find yourself cramped into a small spot with people you haven't met on the same table, making it sometimes a little uncomfortable if those people aren't very friendly.

However, the decor is brilliant; adding to the post it notes is fun, and it's genuinely enjoyable to be able to decorate the place you eat with a note about your time there or anything else. It makes for quite a nice thing to do as a group in this way, sharing the experience.

As well as this, the food is very cheap and delicious. Most people I know complain about Korean food being too spicy, but this is not the case here; with cheap large meals for a very low price, with any extras an extra £1, and you can choose whether to add the spicy additions or anything else you'd like. The bibimbap starts at £3.50, which is by far one of the cheapest meals outside street food I've ever seen in London; and the portion sizes are more than generous. The kimbap is also very fresh and well made, and although we ordered more than one plate we soon realised this was not necessary: one plate offers ten pieces, making it more than enough for two or more people to share.

I would definitely go back; it's definitely worth the cheap cost and it's a good thing to do with friends even if you're low on money. 

Such a lovely place to eat! The staff were amazingly helpful and advised us on what foods were popular and recommended things to our specific tastes! Amazing food and amazing place. Highly recommended!!

i think this place is amazing! super cheap prices and amazing food, i quite like the soondoobu hotpot, its very delicious and satisfying. you wont disappointed when you come here :3

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