Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Kimchee Restaurant Review
Today I had to go to the doctors which is always depressing, so I decided to treat myself to lunch for 1. So I took myself to a local Korean restaurant in Golders Green called Kimchee. It was very quiet, which is what I wanted, but it was almost 1345, so most people had already left. The restaurant is very basic, but each table have a BBQ grill in the centre, for there spea
Whilst looking at the menu I thought that I should remember the correct names of the dishes I was ordering, but decided not to bother as I would be able to get the information from their website – ooopppps, they don't have a website, so for my shame I will have to say what they where, that will teach me.
I decide on a starter of boiled chicken dumplings, followed by seafood udon noodles, (which came from some seaweed soup), but requested that they brough it out together.
So whilst supping a cup of green tea, some side dishes where delivered, which I wasn't expecting. Delieverd was a small plate of spicy pickled radish, another with spicy pickled cabbage (kimchee), yet another with pickled bamboo shoots. I had a quick taste of the pickled radish and it had a great crunchy texture with a great warming heat. I could have eaten it all there and then but held off whilst awaiting my other dishes.
The chicken dumplings turned up first and all I can say was omg (oh my god), they where stunning (that is no understatement) and with the soya sauce they where magic. I often find the sauce salty but not this time and it improved them, if that was possible. After a few minutes the seafood udon noddles turned up, which was actually disappointing. There wasn't a lot of seafood and the one prawn, baby octupuss and small mussels where okay, but the squid was tough. The noddles where well cooked and a great bite but the sauce was a bit lacking. With all that food it also came with a seaweed soup, which again was excellent. The miso, that made up the soup, was flavoursome, with out being salty.
I am finding it very hard to not go on and on about this place as I really loved it. All these great flavours that blended so well together, I cannot wait to go back again for lunch. I do wonder if the food would be as good when the place is busy, so I will try it out and when I do I will edit this entry.