Thursday, 23 January 2014

Kimchee to Go (Strand) - Korean fast food on the rise


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Address: 388 Strand, London, WC2R 0LT
Phone: 020 7240 4515
Nearest Tube station:
Covent Garden, Temple,
Charing Cross, Embankment

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £10pp
Service charge: Extra charge for sitting in
Taste: ***
Service: N/A
Ambience: ***
I was running late for The Duck House play at Vaudeville Theatre along Strand and had to grab a quick bite. Enough of the boring E.A.T., Pret or even Itsu. You can only have so many sandwiches and sushi. I was getting desperate until I chanced upon Kimchee to Go.

These days, anything that resembles food can be placed in a box. Put it on display and watch it fly off the shelves. To give it some credit, Kimchee to Go does put in some effort in its decor: a Korean drum, vase and plate lie beside its payment counter, not to mention classy looking wooden finishings.

I very much wanted to try its hot noodles but the sole kitchen staff was clearly having trouble keeping up with the demand. I went for a prepacked chicken tuigim udon instead. A slab of chicken laid on top of a generous serving of udon. It was labelled as "deep fried", I can assure you it was not. I'm almost certain that piece of chicken was reformed from god knows how many chicken parts. But hey, with a very reasonable price of £5.95, I can't really quibble with that, can I?

Other than noodle soup and udon, Kimchee to Go serves other hot food like doshirap (the equivalent of the Japanese bento sets and dupbap (a neat all in one meal) as well. Cold dishes to go include bibimbap (rice mixed with seven different seasoned vegetables and either beef, chicken or tofu) and kimbap (or the Korean sushi). I was rather tempted by its yang yeum chicken (£2.95). These honey glazed bite size fried chicken comes in a handy box, perfect for a light snack.

At the time of writing, the only other branch is at New Oxford Street. I say Kimchee to Go should set up a branch at Canary Wharf. I'm sure it would give the likes of Itsu a run for its money.


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