I used to work in New Malden, better known to London foodies as ‘little Korea’. There, I was spoilt for choice of truly amazing Korean food and used to visit a new restaurant every Friday lunch.
With a friend over for the weekend, we decided to try out Koba, a little Korean joint that I spotted while visiting my creative agency around the corner.
And what a great finding!
The decor is a minimalistic combination of dark wood and gold. When we arrived, the restaurant was buzzing with a relaxed atmosphere and a cool crowd.
We ordered cold Korean beer and the selection of seafood and vegetable pancackes for appetizer. They were tasty, piping hot and really crispy.
As a main, we ordered Dolsot Bibimbap – rice, raw beef and egg with julienne vegetables in a hot stone pot with a spicy red pepper paste, called Gochuchang.
When I eat Bibimbap I love if the rice sticks to the bottom of the hot stone bowl caramelising, and always wait a couple of minutes before beginning to stir everything around 😉
The Bibimbap was great!
Price-wise, Koba is more expensive than any Korean restaurant in New Malden, but I guess this is the price to pay to have a really good Korean in Central London. Service is smiley and efficent. I’ll definitely return to Koba again to try the Korean BBQ.
Avg price per person for appetizer shared, two hot stone mains and beer: £23.