If you’ve seen the film Oldboy (the original, naturally), or you are familiar with Korean cuisine, you’ll know that live baby octopus is a strange feature of the Korean menu to a total outsider. Yes. Live. Baby. Octopus. Eaten. Alive. It’s called Sannakji.
A couple of weeks ago, I joined some colleagues for dinner after work at a Korean restaurant, Bibigo. With no live baby octopus on the menu, and I can’t say I was disappointed, we proceeded to have a thoroughly delicious, filling dinner.
At excellent value for money – three courses for a mere £13 – we tucked into fabulous tastes from a preset dinner menu. My stomach loved these dishes.
Course One: Korean Chopped Salad
A very understated looking salad, but an absolute winner with those of us that ate it. Hints of sesame dashed with crispy fried spring roll pastry and soy dressing.
Course Two: Baby Squid
I’m a huge fan of squid in any form (dead, preferably). Served with lemon and a tiny bit of okra.
Course Three: Grilled Chicken
Beautiful with delicate rocket and some steamed riced on the side.
Bibigo’s has two restaurants in the UK, both in London (Soho and Angel). The gorgeous food aside, the Angel restaurant is super stylish and the staff are attentive.
Good to know:
- My pet hate is the assumption of any restaurant to add a 12.5% service charge. Bibigo’s is no different so it expect to see it on the bill.
- You’re presented with chop sticks and a single silver spoon, get acquainted with the sticks ahead of your adventure!
- White wine starts at £18 a bottle.
- Prepare to have your taste buds tingled.
- Portions are generous. Did I already mention the value for money?!
Do yourself a favour, pop in for lunch and dinner and feast.