Kim’s Mini Meals

7th May 2015 – 12noon

http://kimsminimeals.com/

I nipped in for lunch here with a couple of colleagues. I have visited this Korean restaurant a few times before but never for lunch. You will have to excuse the limited number of photos as we were doing too much talking that I forgot to take many. The restaurant is small and full of quirky, homely objects. It feels almost like you are in someone’s front room. We received quick service, showing an understanding of those who only have an hour for lunch. We were given a short menu but also a booklet, which showed the meals in more detail, with photos of the ingredients that go into the dish and a finished article shot. This is quite useful if you have not been to the restaurant before and don’t know where to start. I have thoroughly enjoyed the pork ribs here before (seriously, the meat falls off the bone) but decided to try something different this time. It transpired that all three of us wanted to order bulgogi, me with pork and the other two with chicken.

Pork bulgogi - Kim's Mini Meals

Pork bulgogi – Kim’s Mini Meals

Each main comes with a soup and a set of appetisers (which is what I forgot to take a photo of). The soup was green bean and was a perfect size to keep you going whilst waiting for your main, without being over-filling. The appetisers consisted of mushrooms, kimchi, broccoli and some sausage type dish which was delicious. The portions of each are just a mouthful per person, which again, works well whilst you wait for the main. I tried my first kimchi in this restaurant and I’ve fallen in love with the stuff. When the mains arrived, we were offered to be shown the correct way to eat the dish. This is very useful, particularly for a nervous first timer and a very nice touch. Everyone seemed to enjoy their bulgogi. The meat was well cooked and the sauce had a lovely depth to it. I think I would have preferred some of my pork pieces to have been cut smaller as it did make it more difficult to eat delicately using a spoon and chopsticks! The vegetables were also cooked well and gave crunch and softness where required. The salad part of the bulgogi gave a freshness to the meal and was simple in its delivery. Each dish came with a small bowl of rice which was a nice size but we were offered more if we wanted it.

This restaurant is great fun, with knowledgeable staff. The food is tasty and is worth a visit for some great Korean food.

Food – 8/10

Service – 8/10

Atmosphere – 8/10

Value – 10/10

Overall – 34/40

Cost – £24 for three mains

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