Kimchee Korean Restaurant

4.2
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£25 and under
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Korean

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Kimchee Restaurant was launched in 2011 by D.H. Kim, the mastermind behind Wasabi Sushi & Bento.
Kim’s vision was to introduce adventurous Londoners to delicious Korean cuisine at an affordable price. At Kimchee, we serve a range of meats, fish and vegetables marinated with authentic Korean flavours, cooked in our open-plan kitchen with a traditional charcoal grill. Our wide range of delicious starters and sides complete the meal. We recommend you order food for the whole table to share, tapas style. Kimchee offers quality food and excellent service in a sleek and stylish interior (including our basement cocktail bar), whilst maintaining a real sense of Korean authenticity.
We hope you enjoy your visit to Kimchee and leave with a passion for Korean cuisine.
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EL
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Overall, had an enjoyable experience. Great food and good service. The only problem we had was being seated near the door. With it being quite a windy evening, we really felt it every time the door opened and this happened often as it got very busy. Perhaps a curtain around the entrance would prevent a cold draft blowing in. That would be my only negative comment, everything else meant we had a lovely evening. I’ve also recommended this restaurant to friends and family.

a
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was just about average. probably wouldn't visit the restaurant again.

MA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We had a good meal at this restaurant but the service was poor. There seemed to be numerous waiters/waitresses who were milling around but not making contact eye contact with customers. They gave the appearance of being inexperienced with some poor understanding of English. Had to go up to the till to get the bill as could not get anyone's attention. The service at Kings Cross Kimchee restaurant is much better!

We would not recommend this particular branch of Kimchee to a friend.

RN
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time going to Kimchee restaurant. Everything was fantastic- definitely worth it.

OT
London
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Great meal - great service. Busy so recommend booking

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. The Bibimbap is amazing

C
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Overall it was a lovely experience however we were sitting next to a very rowdy table which impacted on the ambience for us. It was also very busy which meant that service was very slow, that said all the tables around us seemed to be served quickly and regularly, which was great for others but disappointing for us.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every moment from start to finish. Can’t wait to come back again

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Starters were fantastic. Main dishes not so great for us as the barbecued beef comes rather too smokey for our taste.

JS
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Second time we went here. Food was good and ambience nice enough, but both times the servcie was terrible so clearly not a one off. We arrived and waited at the 'wait here to be seated' sign. No one saw us for a good while so I had to wave my hands in the air to the two staff chatting away at the othe end of the restaurant. Sat down but no one paid us any attention for a long time. Finally got the attention of our waiter and ordered some food. He seemed rather confused about what we were ordering. Went off and food took a while. Also got some of the order wrong. Two friends joined us 10 mins after we arrived and almost impossible to get attention of waiting staff to get them drinks. I genuinely don't think anyone checked on us once - no staff were looking around to see how tables were doing as far as I could see. And the staff didnt' really pick up that this was annoying for customers and didn't offer any apologies. Probably a lack of training and proper rectruiment of quality staff. A fairly annoying experience both times so won't be going back.

JK
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This was our first visit to Kimchee and our first taste of Korean food. It was interesting- we'll go again.
The only real drawback was that the dishes seemed to arrive randomly so we had finished most of our food by the time the second ' starter' arrived. Other diners near us had similar experiences.

f
London
20 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Manager was great exchanging our mackerel dish for a fresh one when we realised it was cold and chewy. Thanks.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Try the beef rice cakes!!!

VM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and nice cocktails! Service was good but it was hard to get waiters attention. Overall very good, will come back and recommend!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good atmosphere and always busy even on a Monday lunchtime. My dish was a bit dry (rice pot) but took a recommendation and should have gone for noodles!

EG
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Brilliant dinner out but wish they sold the buns!!!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing food, fair prices! Only thing is it’s very busy and it was difficult to get served, but overall great experience, will come back for sure!

M
London
10 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food at a great price. I love eating here :)

F
London
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, really good selection of dishes and good portion sizes

MA
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food came quick and was delicious! Highly recommend the udon noodles

E
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really nice food, that is really good value for the money.

IM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We waited 20 mind for the waitress to take our order. She said the fried chicken would take 20 min but brought it within 3 min and it was cold.
We had to follow up for the drinks as they arrived 15 min after the food. Cocktails nearly had alcohol.
Just going back because the food was delicious.

DT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Unfortunately Kimchee had problems with their food ordering system and we were met by a very unfriendly manager who took out his frustration on our group. He kept telling us his system was down. We were turned away from the restaurant despite there being many other people eating. This left us with nowhere to go for my colleagues leaving do. Very disappointing.

LM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Distinctions average and relatively overpriced for basic cuisine.
Glad I’ve been but wouldn’t come back.

MJ
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic korean dishes at reasonable price. Service was good as usual and food was served efficiently. Been here a few times with friends and guests, they have been back as well.

FT
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good food, lovely presentation and flavors.
Our waitress was kind and fun.

JC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, glad we booked because it gets busy.

Great hot sauce with the Bibimbap

B
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was a great experience, staff were polite and went out their way to make my friend's birthday amazing. They were accommodating to all requests and patient with us. Food was delicious, not that many Vegetarian options, but still enjoyed the food (I had the tofu bibimbap). Location is easy to get too as well, overall great experience and would recommend!

DM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Restaurant location is excellent, menu choices are good, but the server was very inattentive...

EB
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food good (especially the pajeon) but the chair was so uncomfortable. I know I am a wide woman, but the square chair was impossible to be comfortable in as it was so wooden and rigid and narrow (I barely fit in). I recognise that this sits with me with my being overweight, but it's not nice to feel so out of place especially somewhere that serves food anyway. I felt like I ought to order the salad or not be out for a nice lunch at all. Such a shame as the food was tasty and good value.

a
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was great as usual, but I miss the buns. Service was slow as usual... Don't know why its so difficult to get staff's attention

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff great food great facilities. Just generally great!

MN
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere really enjoyed the whole experience,this restaurant was recommend to ma and I would recommend to anybody

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on 20 January 2020

We are happy that you got recommended and you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you soon.

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1
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and staff, but a bit loud. The food was really delicious though, and good value for money

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on 20 January 2020

Hi, we are glad you enjoyed your visit and we will take on-board your feedback regarding the noise.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Didn’t deal deal with a gluten free diet at all, v poor

CG
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The main course portions are too small although the food is delicious. The ambience perfect. The seafood dolsot bibimbap needs to have more rice than green peppers.

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on 15 January 2020

Thank you for your lovely review.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

We were downstairs, only 1 other table was occupied. They had a DJ for some reason who was playing terrible music very loudly. It was so loud we had to shout to each other and could no converse. When we asked them to turn down the music we were told 'no we can't if we turn down the music the speakers will blow'. Terrible would avoid.

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on 9 January 2020

Sorry about your experience, please tell us more here: enquiries@kimchee.uk.c om

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner has shellfish allergies and the manager kindly helped on what dishes had shellfish within the ingredients. Staff were helpful and the food was served rapidly

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on 6 January 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars review.

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UA
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really nice restaurant, food was great and the service was amazing. Only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was due to the seating arrangements. It was quite tight and we couldn’t really spread out but other than that it was great.

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on 6 January 2020

Thanks for taking time to rate us.

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DN
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

30 mins to take our drinks order and only after we made a fuss; no water offered; good food but service standards have dropped significantly.