Bibigo are Korean restaurants located in Soho and Angel. We visited the Angel one, on 407 St John Street.
Bibigo’s food philosophy is sharing dishes, known as bibimbap. Korean cooking often has a secret ingredient, known as ‘Jang’. This essentially is a combination of ingredients which leads to a fermented paste or sauce, added to most dishes to give them their unique flavour and taste. The Jang is unique to each Korean household. Much of the food at Bibigo is cooked on the Korean barbecue which gives it the added undeniable smoky flavour.
We visited on a Saturday evening. We arrived about 7pm and were able to get a table without booking.
The décor was really sleek and modern. The layout felt spacious and uncluttered.
We opted for the £10 two-course menu.
Two of our party ordered calamari for starter and two ordered the red chicken.
The calamari (deep fried baby squid) was served with okra and a citrus soy sauce. It was really delicious. The calamari wasn’t greasy, it was crispy and went perfectly with soy sauce.
The red chicken was a deep fried chicken dish, served with okra and a sweet chilli sauce. The members of our party that had this for their starters really enjoyed it.
For main, half of our party went for the Traditional Bulgogi and the other half choose the Hot Stone Seafood Rice.
The Traditional Bulgogi is made up of beef marinated in a barbecue sauce, served with Portobello mushroom and baby courgette. It was topped with rocket. This was were served with rice or noodles. We opted for rice. The beef had been cooked on the Korean barbecue and was really flavoursome.
The Hot Stone Seafood Rice was a sizzling bowl of rice, served with mixed seafood and topped with a spicy soy sauce. It got a thumbs up from our party, the spicy sauce went down extremely well.
We washed our meals down with a Hite, a Korean beer, which was very pleasing on the palate. A bottle of Hite was £4.
Some of our party opted for dessert. Both ordered the Eton Mess. I thought this was a strange offering on a Korean menu, as Eton Mess is a very traditional English dessert. But none the less, they both enjoyed the dessert very much. The portion sizes on were a little out of kilter. The starter and mains were very well suited to my appetite, allowing me to finish both. The desserts were somewhat larger. Neither of our dessert ordering duo managed to finish their portions, as they were quite substantial.
Overall the quality and the taste of the dishes was very high. The service was a bit more of a mixed bag, we were seated very quickly and our initial order taken and served very speedily. After our mains, it was a bit of an effort trying to attract someone’s attention to take the dessert order.
The value for money was fantastic. As I mentioned earlier, we opted for the two course for £10 menu. I was really impressed by the quality and flavours of dishes and I really liked the look and feel of Bibigo. Overall a big thumbs up from me. I would definitely return here. I’m also keen to try the Soho location to compare the two.
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