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Long before Korean food became a “funky” fixture of the London dining scene, Asadal was already spreading the gospel of kimchi – though you might easily walk right past its unassuming entrance hidden next to Holborn station. "Descend the steps and you could almost be in Seoul", notes one reader. The key to genuine Korean cooking is balance, and the extensive menu in this softly lit, wood-panelled basement dining room is “still delivering”, with bags of choice from savoury pa jeon (seafood pancakes) to sweet-and-sour tang su yook beef or spicy pork and beancurd hotpot. We’re also partial to hands-on favourites, including the sizzling bibimbap (layers of steak, vegetables and rice that you mix together in a stone pot) and the deftly marinated pork belly cooked barbecue-style on the hotplate at your table. Good-value lunch box deals are a great way to explore what's on offer. It may not be “cutting edge”, but Asadal’s food has “authenticity” in spades, concludes one convert.


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Asadal

227 High Holborn ,London WC1V 7DA

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Still delivering

by   platinum reviewer (203)

May 2016

Editor's pick Appearances can be deceptive, so don’t be put off by the slightly incongruous location (pretty much next door to Holborn underground station) or grubby frontage. Descend the steps and you could almost be in Seoul. I first ate at Asadal over ten years ago and prior to a recent evening visit, not for some five or so. Despite the emergence of several newer and funkier Korean up-starts (such as Little Venice’s Gogi or the expanding Kimchee min-chain), Asadal continues to deliver. The restaurant itself...

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Gourmand Gunno's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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Asadal

227 High Holborn ,London WC1V 7DA

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delicious and THE best restaurant i have ever been to

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Jul 2013

asadal is one of the most stylist restaurant and one of the best restaurant in london with best services u will ever find and with the best and very delicious dishes that will make you addicted to the asadal…

Yamuna g.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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Asadal

227 High Holborn ,London WC1V 7DA

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by   gold reviewer (35)

Oct 2010

I work in Lincoln's Inn Fields and often bemoan the lack of restaurants for lunch nearby. It's all chains like Strada and Cafe Rouge. Asadal is a real find for lunch or dinner and is excellent value. The food is really tasty (try the Kan Poong Gi Bab; marinated fried crispy chicken. Not fatty or covered in thick nasty batter, just really light and crispy. Amazing) and the lunch deal includes a bowl of miso soup and a slice of melon for dessert. Excellent value, particularly when most of the lunch...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 10

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227 High Holborn ,London WC1V 7DA

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Jun 2009

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Do not come here. I used to love this place, recommended it to friends and even organised a work function here, but this place has become bad and is a dissappointment on all fronts: • the worst service you will find • salty food • lukewarm miso soup • overpriced menu • small portions No time to look at the menu. They cleared plates from around us, brang out a quarter of orange (meant for dessert) and gave us the bill – ALL WHILE WE WERE EATING!!. The next insult was they interrupted my partner...

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 1

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    Connie Consumes :: Asadal Holborn Connie Consumes

    The first thing that hits us in Asadal is the smell. We had barely been in this Korean restaurant a minute and the warm inviting aromas were already making our stomachs rumble. It felt so secluded downstairs, I could hardly believe that only moments earlier I was jostling my way through the peak hour moshpit around Holborn station. It’s dimly lit and simply furnished, I get the sense that they care more about practicality than style which suited us just fine.
    If we were here with a few friends in tow, we probably would have tackled the a la carte menu. With more mouths to feed, you can get away with carefree over-ordering,...
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