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Wellbeing Kitchen

Restaurants Shaftesbury Avenue
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

There's nothing flashy about this low-budget Korean café near Centre Point – it’s a simple setup, akin to a sandwich bar, with a handful of wipe-clean tables and a takeaway cabinet of salads and drinks. However, thanks to a busy chef tending to bubbling pots behind the counter, Wellbeing Kitchen offers a surprisingly long and diverse menu of Korean favourites, all a cut above in quality and flavour, plus some welcome Japanese interlopers.

Our soondooboo jjigae (£4.90), the quintessential spicy Korean soup with chilli-hot kimchi, fresh vegetables and tofu, had great depth of flavour, while duk mandoo gook (£4.90), a milky-coloured soup filled with discs of chewy rice pasta and ravioli-like dumplings, had delicious stock, and was a subtly seasoned respite from the fiery soondooboo. An impeccable rendition of Japanese chicken katsu (£5.50) boasted crunchy-coated meat and a sweetly spiced, earthy sauce, while hoe-deopbap (steamed rice with raw fish and vegetables; £6.90) featured generous strips of tuna and salmon sashimi, crisp vegetables and delicious seasoning. The only dud we tried was a carton of dry, grey beef bulgogi on rice (£5.50), which wasn’t a patch on proper versions.

Koreans believe their cuisine aids digestion, and the low prices here certainly won’t make you choke on your kimchi. Most dishes – and we’re talking giant portions – cost less than a fiver, even if you eat in. But cheap Korean food in this part of the West End is par for the course (even with the Crossrail development putting paid to St Giles High Street’s Koreatown). What really makes Wellbeing Kitchen different is the value for money: though quick, most dishes are prepared with care and attention. So much so that this newcomer is unlikely to be a flash in the pan.

By: Nicola Arencibia

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Details

Address: 232 Shaftesbury Avenue

London
WC2H 8EG
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Price: Meal for two with soft drinks and service: around £20.
Contact:
Opening hours: Open 8am-9.30pm Mon-Sat.
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Users say (7)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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tastemaker

This little hole in the wall cafe is serving up one of the best katsu curries in London at great value prices. The unassuming nature of the place means that you could easily miss it if you blinked. If you like Asian flavours, served piping hot with no frills, this is the kind of place you'd love. 

Tastemaker

I cant help but give this little place 5*. For less the £20 me and my partner ate like kings (food wise at least). The kimchi and tofu soup was flavourful and filling, dumplings were tasty and make sure to ask for a 50p (yes fifty pence) cup of miso soup!!! Dishes come in takeaway containers even if you eat in but ill give up crockery for this bargain any day!

Staff Writertastemaker

tucked away behind the end of the New Oxford Street horrorshow strip this little cafe looks really unassuming but its always busy. There are around 12 menu options, everything under a tenner and some of the food is whipped up quickly in front of you as mentioned below. 


The winner for me is the Katsu Curry, its HUGE, really filling and comes with a miso soup, all for a fiver. Perfect.


Highly recommend for speed and quality.

Staff Writer

A recent lunch time find and wish I found it earlier. Very good value - large portions and the Chicken Katsu is tasty and filling. A great lunchtime option. GO!

Staff Writer

A fantastic spot to grab a takeaway lunch. The interior of the cafe itself is very small and doesn't look like much, but don’t be put off by the appearance. They serve a wide range of freshly prepared Korean specials to suit all taste palates, ranging from bibimbap to beef bulgogi and their take on Katsu curry. All of the dishes are very affordable, sitting around the £5 mark, and portion sizes are generous.

moderatorStaff Writer

After being tipped off about this place recently I now visit at least once per week and order the salmon teriyaki to take out. I used to go to Berwick Street Market to get fish and rice during the week but this place is much closer to my office and it only costs £5.50 for the main, plus you get a small salad and miso soup. The salmon is always cooked from fresh, too. A truly excellent lunchtime spot. 


 Tried beef bulgogi, chicken katsu curry and kimchi pork dumplings, and absolutely loved them!

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