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Myung Ga has enjoyed an admirable run, serving authentic Korean specialities from its prime Soho spot for more than 20 years. A refurb a couple of years ago has addressed reader complaints that the noisy dining room had seen better days, although it looks much the same as it did before, only less worn around the edges. Arrive at peak times and expect to be turned away unless you've reserved a table – testament to the consistent quality of the traditional food on offer. Classic dishes such as light yet stridently spicy kimchi
pancakes or a gentler seafood version, beef tartare dressed with sesame and egg yolk, golden nuggets of Korean sweet-and-sour chicken, and plump pan-fried dumplings are all done well, although star billing goes to the tabletop barbecue on which thin strips of meat (beef rib, ox tongue, marinated pork) and seafood (squid, prawns) are briefly sizzled before being tucked into lettuce wraps alongside raw garlic and spring onions. Staff can seem offhand but service is efficient; drinks include decent house wine and soju, the traditional Korean spirit.