Kimchee Korean Restaurant

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Authentic Korean Cuisine in the heart of London.

A dining experience like no other. First impressions will leave a lasting memory, as you step into a sleek and stylishly designed restaurant, offering traditional Korean influences with contemporary twist.

At Kimchee, we offer a range of meats, fish and vegetables marinated with authentic Korean flavours, cooked in our open-plan kitchen with a traditional charcoal grill.

Korea’s national dish, kimchee; a spicy, crunchy, pickled cabbage, is a popular accompaniment to any meal, alongside a big bowl of rice. Our wide range of delicious starters and sides complete the meal.

We recommend you order food for the whole table to share, tapas style.

We also offer a wide range of drinks including authentic Korean teas and spirits.
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DM
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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

EB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff great food great facilities. Just generally great!

MN
London
1 review
Dined on January 17, 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 January 20, 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 January 17, 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 January 20, 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 January 14, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

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

CG
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 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 January 15, 2020

Thank you for your lovely review.

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D
1 review
Dined on January 4, 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 January 9, 2020

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

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L
1 review
Dined on January 3, 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 January 6, 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars review.

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UA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 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 January 6, 2020

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DN
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 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.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend it
precise, reliable, clean, fast, kind.
the food is good. the varied menu. the place very nice and modern.
Alexandra and Ludo

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thanks for the 5 stars review.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Reasonably priced food in a nicely fitted out restaurant, but the positives end there. Couldn’t really describe the service as anything but poor. Took ages to attract anyone’s attention, and ages for the drinks to come. We ordered a bunch of starters, mains and sides which all came at once. We were told the food comes as it’s ready (which we expected anyway), but bringing almost twenty dishes to a table of six people all at once is ridiculous. It meant the food went cold as we ate it... most of the dishes were nice enough, but the bulgogi was hugely disappointing. Poor, tough cuts of meat albeit in a relatively flavoursome sauce.
The restaurant looks nice but desperately needs acoustic panels or some soft furnishings - on a busy night it’s impossible to have a group conversation as it’s just so noisy. I love Korean food but I won’t be in a hurry to return to Kimchee.

NH
London
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A really great place for a buzzy team dinner - the food was amazing and obviously really freshly prepared, the staff guidance on ordering was really welcome and the whole bill for the meal was incredibly good value. I have already recommended Kimchee to two different people. Thank you.

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thanks for taking time to rate us.

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G
London
23 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it. Restaurant was very accommodating, food was amazing, service was excellent and can't wait to go back.

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on December 27, 2019

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PS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall very good for a meet up with friends and fam

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on December 27, 2019

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CE
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was lovely but our meal came completely in reverse - first sides, then mains, then starters (half an hour later), then we finally got our drinks about 40 minutes after ordering . . . not great

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Slow initial service as the open room was full. Food came quick drinks came slow. Chicken wing starters lovely. Hot pot tofu with seafood hot and sour. Crazy disco downstairs was fun

e
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food is good, but its a very noisy environment and hard uncomfortable chairs. Seems to cater for high turnover

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

A long time to get drinks...

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Requested a table for 2 and got the one, people were super attentive and food was delicious as always!

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on December 16, 2019

Thanks for the 5 stars review.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I ordered a soup without eggs, but it had eggs

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on December 13, 2019

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Poor service, waited for 1 hour for someone to ask if I would like a drink. The made an awful error with our bill which we had to each let them know what we had to eat and drink. I will not be going there again, good food but poor service.

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on December 13, 2019

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

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PF
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Had finished our starters and mains by 905pm waiter took the plates away and said nothing we then asked for the dessert menu to be told the kitchen had closed no apologies no desserts though the restaurant was open till 10pm there was also 2 male staff on the door fooling around with each other in front of customers some kind of bromance going on won’t be returning was my 3 rd time at the chain

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The food was not authentic enough so our expectations were lowered

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2019

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

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TB
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were returning customers. Still the same excellent high standard

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on December 11, 2019

Thanks for the 5 stars review.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic authentic food, great service, I love always returning here.

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi David, Thanks for your review.

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PD
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Been past this place a few times and it's always busy so decided to book. Food's great, staff efficient and overall a good place to eat, recommended.

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on December 3, 2019

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F
London
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great place to eat, superb choice and all so well cooked and presented. Once your order is taken the food can come out in any order as it's served as soon as it's ready, so be prepared to have multiple dishes on the table at the same time.

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on November 27, 2019

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L
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Lovely food! The restaurant was very busy which could be a reason that the service was a little bit slow at times. Overall though I wouldn’t complain, we had a lovely time and will be coming back soon!

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on November 27, 2019

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PL
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is a very pleasant restaurant to visit with well designed decor. The other feature is that the kitchen is exposed so diners can see their food being prepared. The food was generally good. We found the barbecued beef and pork excellent but the barbecued pork rib was fatty with some bone left in and underdone (lacking the charred effect). We were also particularly impressed by the cold noodle dish, both unusual and delicious.
Some of the deserts e.g. pear dish were not available. Kimchee was busy at a peak time on Saturday evening but we were served reasonably quickly. The problem is that it is difficult to predict when the dishes will arrive at your table. Korean food offers a particularly interesting combination of flavours which are less familiar than many other forms of Asian cuisine.

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on November 27, 2019

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S
London
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s nice restaurant with nice servers and food except the quiet high price of the food.

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on November 27, 2019

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good and the waitress was very nice and helpful.

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on November 22, 2019

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TC
London
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service really let it down. Made it feel like a canteen not a resturant.

EG
London
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food is phenomenal at Kimchee always! But the service really let the experience down this time. It was clear there was not enough servers working on a Saturday night. It took over half hour to get drinks and even longer just to order food.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good acceptable food service

LH
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Delicious food, great venue. The waitress serving our table was a little snotty, but that didn’t spoil the meal, and the rest of the staff were friendly.

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on November 11, 2019

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JH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was my first visit to Kimchee and overall it was a very nice experience. I enjoyed my starters more than my main course but all the food was well presented and plentiful. The happy hour cocktails from 5pm to 7pm were great value. I would return to try other meals. The service could have been better as the staff were a little slow to come over to check on our drinks.

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Responded on November 11, 2019

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TB
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Very friendly staff but a bit absent toward end of evening and rather confused with bill. But all-in-all a great venue and will definitely go again and recommend to friends and family.

Kimchee Korean Restaurant
Responded on November 22, 2019

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