It’s pouring with rain, you’re in central London and you’re craving a meal that will warm you up from the inside out. In the good old days you could take yourself to Tottenham Court Road, through the bustling streets to a quiet road behind the busy underground station and find a table at whichever of the Korean restaurants could fit you in. These days it’s harder to come by, since Crossrail closed all of the Korean restaurants on Giles High Street.
I was sad when I saw the closure and tried other restaurants that had relocated or that were new, but none of them seemed to provide the same experience or quality of food. However, all was not lost and GoGo Pocha reopened (from Giles High Street) in Waterloo. It was a little hit and miss to begin with, but now I find myself going back repeatedly and the experience is how I remember it.
I specifically go to GoGo Pocha for Bibimbap with a side of Kimchi. If there’s more than one person at the table then a Seafood Pancake too.
GoGo Pocha, 30 Lower Marsh Street, London, SE1 7RG
There is no website, like some of the best little known restaurants, but you can find all the details you need through your favourite search engine.
Whilst on the subject of Korean food in London:
There are three meals that I love at a Korean restaurant: Bibimbap, Hot Pot and Korean BBQ.
I recommend the Kimchi Hot Pot at Asadal in Holborn.
For those with a car, or a desire to find more Korean Food (and supermarkets), you should head to New Malden. I’m told the restaurants are excellent, but for specifics I can refer you to a friend with experience.
Thoughts, views, images are my own.✌️ KF