History and background:
Slap-bang in the middle of the High Holborn intersection lies Asadal and easily one of the most popular Korean restaurants in Central London. It first opened in 1991 in New Malden and then relocated to the City in 2005 (and what a good decision that was). Predominantly filled with City workers, business men and women, a large portion of its customers come from local universities such as LSE, which is a 2 minute walk away.
Working near Holborn myself, meant that I have been to this restaurant countless of times after work, and no doubt, it doesn’t disappoint. Although, I wouldn’t say it’s the most authentic Korean restaurant out there (the dishes are more catered towards a British audience), it does deliver good food.
I usually go for the Kimchi pancake, but on Friday, I went with the Seafood pancake (pajeon). Some type of sauce always complements the pancake, though I am not sure what it is..
Pancake made of egg, wheat and rice flour batter, pan fried with spring onions, oyster, mussels, prawn and squid.
Below we have Korean BBQ! A lot of people come here for the BBQ, they have a great selection, I would recommend anything marinated, or Kalbi.
Dewji Bulgogi is spicy marinated pork, we had this bare, but you would usually complement it with lettuce. Annoying thing about Asadal is that they do the BBQing for you. I’m one of those people who like to DIY it!
This is the Galbi – beef. So good and succulent… I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
Bibimbap consists of vegetables and beef and rice, then you mash it all up. Yukhei is raw fillet beef but it gets soon cooked inside the hot stone bowl.
This is a whole baby chicken stuffed with sticky rice, dates, ginseng, chestnuts, garlic slow cooked and served in broth. The first time I’ve had this at Asadal, or even in London. It was mostly good, though some parts of the chicken were quite dry.
Not denying its popularity, but I wouldn’t say it’s the best restaurant out there…nevertheless, it serves good quality food at an alright price.
Service: Not great service to be honest, it’s quite impersonal. They do have a lot of staff, but you need a lot of staff for a 120 seat restaurant. 10% service charge.
Bits and bobs:
- The restaurant is underground, little service/ signal and no wifi
- Booking recommended but with 120 seats, you don’t usually wait long anyway