Restaurants, Korean New Malden
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One of the smaller café-style eateries on the High Street, Yami is nevertheless light-filled and comfortable. The cosy little nooks, created by wooden partitions between tables, are popular with the young clientele – who come in groups and pairs, pulling up seats and knocking back soju to counteract the fiery cooking. Service is equally young and chirpy; our waitress was all smiles all night, offering concise recommendations for the uninitiated. A plate of well-seasoned, almost smoky chicken gizzards was a textural delight, the gizzards fresh and pleasingly crunchy. Soo doo boo chigae, a spicy soft tofu stew with egg, was perfectly done: soft tofu curds melting in the mouth, with the bold, deeply savoury stew as a backdrop, and the richness of just-set egg yolk bringing the two together. Our next dish was less successful; slices of pork belly marinated in spicy chilli paste, grilled on the barbecue in front of us, consisted mainly of chewy fat and an overly sweet marinade. Still, people clearly return here, no doubt in part due to the sweet and welcoming staff.



Venue name: Yami
Address: 69 High St
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Sat.
Transport: New Malden rail
Price: Set lunch £5. Main courses £6-£11.
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Daniel B

Korean restaurants serve rice in small stainless steel bowls with a matching lid. This lid keeps the rice warm until served and eaten by the customer but can also be used as a secondary "mini-plate" for side dishes.

My rice, which was only served at second asking, arrived with clear remnants from the previous customer's meal. An honest mistake, perhaps? The waitress took this away, immediately, for the "Senior Waiter" to come and apologise, bringing me a new bowl of rice (and lid), presenting it to me, showing that this one was clean. This however, brought my attention to the likely questionable practices and general cleanliness of the kitchen and plates the food is served on.

I visit restaurants to have the luxury of not having to clean up my dirty plates - not to eat off of them!

They did however, very generously, offer me a complimentary glass of Coke - how very charming.

Sarah (kukkiiandkoppee)

This is my favourite Korean restaurant in London, not least because of a particularly eye-catching and incredibly courteous waiter. In fact, despite living on the other side of London I try to come here at least once a month to get my fill of tasty and authentic Korean food. It can get very busy at times as it is one of the more popular Korean restaurants in the area but it is definitely worth the wait. The kimchi stew, shredded beef stew and spicy short rib stew are firm favourites. The range of meats available for barbecue (I love the short rib) and bibimbap are also quite good. Not all of their dishes are created at an equally high standard though; we won't be ordering the limp and overcooked ddeokbokki and thick and greasy seafood pancake any time soon. As a bonus, the varied vegetable side dishes such as kimchi or beansprouts is free too. And did I mention the cute waiter?  


good casual korean bbq place. try non-marinated beef rib bbq with onion salads. healthy and delicious. cannot help eating too much is only cons

Miss K

A group of 3 of us visited Yami for lunch on Saturday. On entering the restaurant, it was busy and we were told a 5-10 minute wait. We chose to wait. Behind us was a small queue - all Koreans. When the first table became available, the 2 Koreans behind us were given the table saying that they have a reservation. We waited a further 10 minutes for the next table. Next table came available and we were told this was our table. As we headed over, suddenly another couple from the queue sat themselves down. Again saying they had a reservation. when we questioned this, the staff all looked at each other and said it was "reserved". In summary this place gives Koreans priority over westerners. There are also "hidden" seats at the back where western customers are not allowed to sit. I am appalled at the level of discrimination.

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