SquareMeal Review of
Bibigo Bar & Dining
This Korean-backed chain’s mission is to sell its native cuisine across the globe, with branches in London doing their bit to spread the word. The enticing and intriguing menu contains standout surprises such as tender scallops with truffle and yuzu dressing, Korean-style black pudding stuffed with noodles and pork, and succulent soy-marinated chicken alongside inventive renditions of Korea's emblematic kimchi involving everything from cucumber to tofu. The smart interiors create a modern, industrial vibe with concrete floors, tiled walls and open kitchens, although minimalist furniture in honeyed wood, displays of house marinades and splashes of red warm things up nicely – as does pleasant, efficient service. Bibigo’s special fixed-price menus are steal (three courses for £13 at dinner), and the cocktail list is a resounding triumph with its numerous riffs on soju (Korea's potent national spirit).
Wine List Of The Year Finalist
With just 30 wines, Raphael Thierry’s list may be considered quite small, but it’s proof that careful selection can trump sheer size, particularly when it’s put together with such imagination. Wines are grouped according to what food they’ll work with, and also whether you’re looking to amplify the spice (‘Korean palate’) or soften it (‘Western palate’). Bravely brilliant.