Highly recommended by local Korean students in London
Korean food has always been one of S’s favourite cuisine. When S goes to Soho and there’s always a line in front of this place. Therefore, S decided she had to give it a try to see what the queue was for. Assa Korean Restaurant is located in Soho London, and it’s close to Dozo and Burger & Lobster.
As you can see from the photo, there was a queue the day S visited. However, the wait was only 10 mins which wasn’t bad. After you enter the restaurant, the staff will take you to your seat which are packed pretty tightly. S noticed that the staff were all Korean and they were very friendly and efficient.
The menus on their website were out of date, so S has provided the latest menu in below. This place is known for their army stew (Korean hot pot), therefore, S ordered the Beef Bu Dae Jji Gae Hot Pot (£28) and the Spicy Pork Dol Sot Bibimbab (£8.5).
Small dishes of beansprouts and seaweed will be served before the main meal, and also Korea wheat tea. The food served fast considering how packed it was in the restaurant. The Spicy Pork Dol Sot Bibimbab was served in a hot stone bowl with raw egg yolk in the middle. You can add some spicy sauce if you want more flavour. The bibimbap here reminded S of the one she had when she was in Korea, yet the portion size was not as big.
As for the Beef Bu Dae Jji Gae Hot Pot, S has to say this was definitely one of the best ones S has had in the United Kingdom so far! As you can see in the photos, the portion of the beef was generous, and the beef was also quite thick. Moreover, the soup from the hot pot was absolutely amazing. The good thing about this place was that they always top up the soup with more soup instead of watering it down with hot water when the hot pot starts to evaporate. You can also add more ingredients in the hot pot if you want.
Overall, S would definitely come back again for their hot pot, and probably try some of the other dishes. Apparently this place is always quite busy, so it would be better to make a reservation before you visit. Also, if you still feel hungry after visiting, you could always grab some tasty Taiwanese fried chicken from Monga which is not far from the restaurant.