Date

July 2015

Meal

Early dinner

Ordered

SMALL DISHES

  • TOPPOKI 떡볶이 – 4.9 gbp
    spicy rice cake with vegetables and fish cakes
  • BROCCOLI SALAD 된장 브로콜리 – 3.9 gbp
    broccoli w/ Korean dwenjang mayo
  • BEEF NOODLE SALAD – 4.9 gbp
    stir-fried bulgogi beef with rice noodle

KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN

  • YANGYUM CHICKEN 양념치킨 – 5.5 gbp
    small portion with sweet spicy sauce

ON THE BAB

  • ON THE BUNS 빵 (2pcs) – 7 gbp
    bulgogi beef x 4
    spicy pork x 2
  • ON THE ROLL 온더롤 – 7.7 gbp
    KOREAN STYLE RICE BURRITO with various vegetables, and  bulgogi beef
  • ON THE BIBIMBAB 비빔밥 – 7.5 gbp
    rice with various vegetables, and bulgogi beef

TEA

  • Honey yuza tea 유자차 – 2.5 gbp

 

Food

SMALL DISHES

TOPPOKI 떡볶이 – 4.9 gbp
spicy rice cake with vegetables and fish cakes

TOPPOKI

TOPPOKI

The portion was small, maybe shared between 2-3 people would be enough as a starter. It wasn’t as spicy as i imagined it to be although it did leave my tongue quite tingly.  There weren’t many fish cake in there, as I did not get to even eat one. i guess there are only 3 in there.

Rating  (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥

 

BROCCOLI SALAD 된장 브로콜리 – 3.9 gbp
broccoli w/ Korean dwenjang mayo

BROCCOLI SALAD

BROCCOLI SALAD

I was thinking of not writing about this salad, however as this salad is appalling, I would like to mention it. Firstly it came in a small mason jar, it was so small, there was only few flowers of broccoli in it. with a spoonful of what tasted like Thousand islands sauce, and they charge for 3.9 gbp. A total rip off, portion was tiny, it was horrible, and I had to pay for it. unbelievable.

Rating (out of 5 hearts): 

 

BEEF NOODLE SALAD – 4.9 gbp
stir-fried bulgogi beef with rice noodle

BEEF NOODLE SALAD

BEEF NOODLE SALAD

I found this dish really weird, as on the description it is a stirred fried noodles. however, as you can see clearly on the photo, it is a soup noodle dish.  The beef was well marinaded, with lots of spring onion which i love.  But sharing this noodle was tricky as we had no spoons or bowl given to us.

Rating (out of 5 hearts): 

 

KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN

YANGYUM CHICKEN 양념치킨 – 5.5 gbp
small portion with sweet spicy sauce

YANGYUM CHICKEN with my tea

YANGYUM CHICKEN with my honey and yuzu tea

YANGYUM CHICKEN

YANGYUM CHICKEN

There are 5 pieces on the small portion which was enough for all 5 of us.  The medium portion has 12 pieces though, so if you do want more than just one each, I would suggest going for one size up. these aren’t the best Korean fried chicken I have had, however they made it in just the right size, and the sauce was rather delicious. However the chicken seemed a bit dry.

Rating (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥

 

ON THE BAB

ON THE BUNS 빵 (2pcs) – 7 gbp
bulgogi beef x 4
spicy pork x 2

ON THE BUNS - Bulgogi beef

ON THE BUNS – Bulgogi beef

ON THE BUNS - spicy pork

ON THE BUNS – spicy pork

ON THE BUNS - spicy pork

ON THE BUNS – spicy pork

I had no idea the Koreans have Gao baos too, so I was intrigued to taste the Korean version of this. The buns were huge, bigger than my hand, white and super fluffy. Thank God they were thick buns, that holds the juices from the meat, they were also very soft. I loved the texture. Both the beef and pork were seasoned well with lots of juice. It was so damn tasty, however the beef was definitely more tastier.

Rating (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥

 

ON THE ROLL 온더롤 – 7.7 gbp
KOREAN STYLE RICE BURRITO with various vegetables, and  bulgogi beef

ON THE ROLL

ON THE ROLL

ON THE ROLL

ON THE ROLL

ON THE ROLL

ON THE ROLL

What is this roll thing? It is simply Korean sushi but obviously in a gigantic size, so they are now naming this as a burrito. What is a burrito? those big ass wrap you get at your Mexican takeout.  I loved this, with meat and lots of vegeatbles. I loved that texture, and it was pretty big, enough to share between us five.

Rating (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥

 

ON THE BIBIMBAB 비빔밥 – 7.5 gbp
rice with various vegetables, and bulgogi beef

ON THE BIBIMBAB

ON THE BIBIMBAB

I expected this to come in one of the Korean stone pot, instead it came in a little rectangle white plate.  The rice was lightly seasoned, which i did not like, the rice was dry and not enough of the spicy Korean sauce.  I wouldn’t order this again if I had a choice, i would rather order more of those yummy rolls.

Rating (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥

 

Ambience & Interior

Interior

Interior from the front

Interior by the back

Interior by the back

Open Kitchen

Open Kitchen

We were given gold bowls

We were given gold bowls

 

The lovely lady next to us ordered the Korean beer in a tall glass

The lovely lady next to us ordered the Korean beer in a tall glass

Service

Service was average. They were extremely busy, but no excuse right? We had to wait by the door without anyone acknowledging us. even so, we weren’t told till later that we all need to be here to be seated down. So the waiting went on forever.  they all seemed too busy to notice us, they weren’t very organized either. there was a huge queue by the door, but the floor below was empty.

Menu

Please click here for the full menu

Recommendation

  • On the Buns
  • On the Roll

Verdict

Would I go back again? Maybe
Rating from my brain (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥
Rating from my heart (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥
Overall Rating (out of 10 hearts): ♥♥♥♥♥♥  6/10

 

Damage

the bill

the bill

20 gbp each (average)

Details

On The Bab

Covent Garden, London,
WC2E 7BD
+44 (0)20 7240 5568

Mon – Sat
Lunch – 11.30am – 3pm
Dinner- 6pm – 10.30pm

Reservation: Essential for dinner!

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