Best Korean Restaurants in London

Korean food has been billed as the next big thing for at least the last ten years, and while it has still to hit the mainstream in the way that Chinese or Thai have, it remains one of the more interesting Asian cuisines in the capital. Soho and the suburbs of south-west London are the traditional Korean restaurant centres where you can get to grips with the national dishes of kimchi, bibimbap and bulgogi, but a new generation of creative places not afraid to mash up Korean cuisine with funky global influences have recently been popping up all over town. Read on to find SquareMeals pick of the best Korean restaurants in London.

Updated on 22 November 2019

From its ten step skincare routine to its now unbelievably successful pop mega stars, Korean culture has made its way over to London and its left a big impression. What with the rise of Korean pop culture in the UK, it of course comes as no surprise that there has been a huge rise in the popularity of Korean food too.

Over the last few years Korean restaurants have popped up all over the city serving up authentic dishes and modern takes on the versatile cuisine. From crunchy and crispy KFC (Korean fried chicken) to bibimbap rice bowls in every flavour you can imagine, and of course the traditional fermented vegetable accompaniment, kimchi; this moreish spicy mix of flavours appeals to all different kinds of people. 

We can’t forget about the unique concept of Korean barbeque either. With so many restaurants on this list offering the option of cooking a huge selection of meats on a hot plate in the middle of your table, it really will be a dining experience you’ll never forget. Just be careful not to burn yourself in the excitement of it all.

As with all cuisines, especially in a city as big as London, finding the best places to get good Korean food is no easy feat. With this in mind we’ve put together a list of the best places to get your Korean food fix. From more casual fast food joints to fine dining establishments and authentic hole in the wall restaurants we’ve got them all on this list.

With an independent review of each restaurant as well as reviews from diners themselves and special offers and discounts, this list is definitely worth a look at next time you are craving Korean food.  

Dotori

Dotori

3 Stroud Green Road, London, N4 2DQ

Book ahead if you want to get a table at this reasonably priced, authentic Korean restaurant located by Finsbury Park station. You can order the likes of traditional banchan, bibimbap and Korean barbeque. It also has a Japanese menu if you fancy ordering from both cuisines.   

Under £30
Korean
Japanese
Jinjuu Soho

Jinjuu Soho

15 Kingly Street, Soho, London, W1B 5PS

Combining Korean cuisine and US street food, Jinjuu’s menu consists of tacos, Korean fried chicken and every type of Bibimbap you can imagine. Accompanied by some strong cocktails and a great location, you’ll struggle to find a day when Jinjuu isn't full to bursting. 

£30 - £49
Korean
Wing Wing Tavistock Square

Wing Wing Tavistock Square

30 Woburn Place, London, WC1H 0JR

Claiming its fried chicken wings are so good they must be ‘illegal’, Wing Wing serves up, you guessed it, Korean fried chicken in every form. From katsu bao to wraps and rice boxes, fried chicken is a must try here.   

Under £30
Korean
Myung Ga

Myung Ga

1 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5PA

Serving up authentic Korean dishes for more than 20 years, this popular eatery located in Soho offers up sweet and sour chicken, pan fried dumplings and beef tartare. Get here early if you want a table though. Dining real-estate is precious at Myung Ga.

£30 - £49
Korean
Naru Restaurant

Naru Restaurant

230 Shaftsbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EG

As one of the most authentic Korean restaurants on this list, Naru, which resides on Shaftesbury Avenue, serves up jigae hotpots, bibimbap and lots of barbequed meats. It may not look the prettiest from the outside but we don’t suggest judging this place until you try it.

£30 - £49
Korean
Asadal

Asadal

227 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7DA

Hidden next to Holborn station, Asadal’s dimly lit interiors feel as if you’ve walked into an authentic Korean restaurant in South Korea itself. Specialising in barbeque, bibimpbap and of course lots of kimchi, it makes sense to enjoy these dishes in one of London’s first Korean restaurants.

£30 - £49
Korean
Gogi

Gogi

451 Edgware Road, London, W2 1TH

Korean for meat, Gogi serves up Korean barbeque and oriental cocktails while overlooking Little Venice Canal. The industrial setting mixed with a strong smell of barbequed meats make for a somewhat unforgettable experience - you’ll definitely want to go back for more following your first visit.

Under £30
Korean
On The Bab Shoreditch

On The Bab Shoreditch

305 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LA

This casual dining Korean street food restaurant specialises in snack dishes best suited to enjoying with a drink (a concept called anju). Expect classic Korean fried chicken, kimchi pancakes and bibimbab. Don’t forget to try the bao either, it was one of the first places in the city to serve them after all.

£30 - £49
Korean
Koba

Koba

11 Rathbone Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1NA

Specialising in high-end Korean cuisine and with the unique option of table barbequing, Koba is a dining experience you won’t forget. Barbeque a selection of meats served alongside rice or noodle dishes.

£30 - £49
Korean

If you just can’t get enough of Asian food, take a peek at our list of the best Japanese restaurants in London.