26 July 2014

On The Bab

305 Old Street, London EC1V 9LA

£37.00 Korean Clerkenwell, Barbican
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  • Wine: £19.00
  • Champagne: £39.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm

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The founder of Fitzrovia’s Koba and Nizuni has launched a new eatery in the City that will feed London’s appetite for Korean food with an authentic ‘K-Town’ experience. The focus is on ‘anju’ (hip Korean party food) in the shape of sweet, spicy yangyum chicken, pa jeon (spring onion pancakes with seafood) and new creations including an Asian take on arancini – panko-coated kimchi balls served with On The Bab’s secret sauce. City folk can also expect street-food classics such as japche (glass noodles with vegetables) and comforting winter warmers like ‘soon dunu chigae’ (a renowned seafood stew served with tofu and a ‘hidden’ poached egg). Drinks are in the same mould, from cocktails based on soju (rice liquor) to so mac (a sophisticated Korean riff on Jägerbomb).

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  1. Published : Friday, 23rd May 2014

    Hungry Hungry Panda :: On The Bab - Korean Dinner

    Last night I went to On the bab for dinner on Old Street, London. The small restaurant doesn’t take bookings, and when we arrived at 7pm there were only 3 tables still available so I recommend going early to avoid a wait. We ordered a couple of the small dishes to start with (pictured above). Saeng dubu: fresh tofu with OTB soy sauce, topped with spring onion and toasted seaweed, and the kun mandu: pan fried chicken dumplings. The tofu was served cold, which was light and refreshing, and the dumplings were crispy without being greasy...
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  2. In recent times, I’ve tried Bibimbap in Soho, which is alright for a quick meal. And then last week I went to On the Bab, a Korean place in Shoreditch that had been recommended to me by the great and good of Twitter. I don’t really feel that optimistic about Korean food in London as it’s not like there’s a booming Korean community here. Not that you need a massive community but it does seem to help, like the amazing Chinese food in San Fran or the Jewish food in New York. ANYWAY, on to On the Bab… I went for a takeaway option, ‘cos I gotta work yeah? On the smaller-than-eat-in take out menu they do a range of dishes including bibimbap with bulgogi (a barbecued marinated beef), which I got. It took a pretty long time to arrive, but that means it’s fresh right? As I waited I was asked to go outside with all the other takeout gang...
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  3. Published : Sunday, 6th April 2014

    Gingle lists everything :: On the Bab, 28th March

    On the Bab is a cute little Korean place on Old Street serving up 'anju' (food meant to be eaten with beer) plus a whole host of other Korean staples and otherwise.Unfortunately, the food flip-flopped between tasty and tasteless or 'takeway Chinese'.We ordered a range of dishes to try out all the different things they did. First to arrive were the kimchi jeon – a kimchi pancake, and the bibimbap with bulgogi beef. The pancakes - delicious and cripsy, working well with either the surprisingly light chilli oil, or the more pungent chilli sauce.The bibimbap was pretty hopeless. We were advised to put some of the chilli oil on it, which we did but even this didn't really give it much of a taste. It all comes in a bowl and you're supposed to stir it all together, normally making sure it all gets coated in the flavouring. This had none, not even any lovely meat juices gathered at the bottom. Also, I'm sure when I've had it before it has come in a really hot dish, with a raw egg on top which cooks when you stir it in. This had a partially fried egg which was too cooked to really get distributed throughout and the whole dish was verging on cold. There was also rather a lot of it, which, when it's not that great, is not a good thing.Next came the yangyum chicken which was a tale of two halves. The soy garlic nuggets really allowed the crushed peanut to come through and were nice and crispy, with a strong garlic and possibly lime flavour. The sweet and sour were also crispy but were too reminiscent of takeaway sweet and sour chicken for me, getting quite cloying and sickly after a while and overpowering any peanut. The garnish of julienned cabbage with a sauce was really nice though. I had ordered the 'small' serving (as opposed to extra small) and we must have had at least eight pieces - it was another substantial dish.We ended on a high with the kimchi rice balls, bab twigim, which were packed with gooey cheese and came with a knock-your-head off chilli sauce.I wanted to like this place, and hoped it would be a better alternative to Jubo, where we liked the chicken but didn't like anything else. But it was too much pot luck as to whether you would like what you got. And if it was really good fried chicken I was after, I would forgo both the Korean places and head to Clutch!
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  4. Published : Sunday, 15th December 2013

    Nomface :: On The Bab, London

    Continuing the Korean trend around Shoreditch, On The Bab brings Korean inspired street food to the area. Situated on Old Street it is only a couple of minutes from Jubo on Rivington Street. I visited last week on the first night of its soft launch where 50% was offered off the food bill. Occupying a small space tables are packed tightly together with a small wall facing bar table to make the best use of the space. An open kitchen provides diners full a view of the theatrics of the dishes being prepared...
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