The popularity of Korean food has been growing in the UK since dishes such as bibimbap and Korean fried chicken have become more and more available and also more in demand.
A Korean BBQ dish typically involves cooking marinated meats onto charcoal or gas grills and pairing them with sides such as rice or noodles.
With the surging demand, it means a number of Korean restaurants have been springing up in the capital, and with barbeque season just around the corner, why not spice it up with a marinated twist?
In case you are a fan of Halal food, check out my guide to Halal Korean BBQ Restaurants Near London.
Here, we take a look at the top twelve Korean BBQ restaurants in London:
- Gogi at Marble Arch
- Olle at Chinatown
- Jumak 39 at Piccadilly Circus
- Koba at Fitzrovia
- Yori at Multiple Locations in London
- Superstar BBQ at Covent Garden
- Daebak at Vauxhall
- Jihwaja at Vauxhall
- Yangi at Bethnal Green
- Kimchee at Holborn and Camden
- Dotori at Finsbury Park
- Lime Orange at Westminster
1. Gogi at Marble Arc
451 Edgeware Road, London, W2 1TH
020 7724 3018
Gogi has a cool and modern factory-style feel with open brick walls, visible pipes, and drop-down lighting.
Black tables and red LED lighting also add a sleek urban feel to the restaurant, making it the perfect place if you’re after a chilled-out vibe.
Named after the Korean word for meat, Gogi has plenty of marinated options or fresh seafood to tickle your fancy. You can also watch your food being prepared on your own grill at your table.
On the menu, you’ll find options such as Bulgogi, which is thin slices of marinated beef, Korean fried chicken with a choice of different sauces, and spicy squid.
Prices on the menu are typically between £10 – £15 for the main dish, with a specialist lunch menu if you fancy something a little lighter in the afternoon.
Gogi also has a selection of wines or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to sip on whilst tucking into your food.
Opening hours are from 12 pm to 3 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm, Monday to Friday, 12 pm to 11 pm Saturday, and 12 pm to 10.30 pm Sunday. Bookings can be made through their online booking table or by calling.
2. Olle at Chinatown
88 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6NH
020 7287 1979
Named after the trail Jeju Olle that’s on an island off the coast of South Korea, Olle was named after the essence of nature, and this is exactly how it feels walking into the restaurant.
Decorated in earthy tones, with plants and brown tiled floors, Olle has reflected this in their restaurant beautifully.
A casual Korean BBQ restaurant, all their food is freshly prepared in their bustling restaurant. Expect to find BBQ dishes on the menu such as Cote Galbi, which is beef spread from short ribs, marinated pork belly, and plates of seafood like scallops and tiger prawns.
Prices for a dish from Olle vary between £11 to £17, with the option for sides and starters to accompany your main dish.
The restaurant is open seven days a week with opening hours 12 pm to 11 pm Monday to Saturday and 12 pm to 10.30 pm on Sundays. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant’s number.
3. Jumak 39 at Piccadilly Circus
39 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4EA
020 7839 2774
Jumak 39 is a Korean and Japanese restaurant based in Piccadilly circus. The restaurant has a modern, underground feel to it with multicolored lighting and exposed piping, perfect if you’re after an urban-style restaurant.
It is located in Piccadilly Circus, making it central and easy to find, even for any first-time tourists that are new to the city.
The menu has both BBQ and stirs fry options, giving you a choice of how you would like your sizzling meats served.
BBQ options include Samgyeobsal, a pork belly cuisine, valued at a happy price of £8.90, and stir fry options such as bulgogi for £9.90.
The restaurant has two options for dining, either a la carte on the ground floor or a buffet in the basement.
There’s also outdoor seating for the warmer months of the year, perfect if you want to eat your barbecue in the sunshine.
Jumak 39 is open Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 3 pm and 5 pm to 10.30 pm, Saturday from 12 pm to 10.30 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm to 10 pm. Tables can be booked via phone on 020 7839 2774.
4. Koba at Fitzrovia
11 Rathbone St, London, W1T 1NA
020 7580 8825
Koba opened in 2005 and since then it has prided itself on serving the highest quality of Korean BBQ food. They have a wide variety of Korean dishes available, ranging from traditional to more modern foods.
In 2016 they underwent an entire refurbishment and now the restaurant boasts a sleek, modern feel with black tables, cream walls, and contemporary wooden furnishings.
They offer different menus for different occasions such as a la carte, lunch, and takeaway, along with a set menu if your group is larger than eight.
Under the barbeque menu in the a la carte section, you can expect to find all of the Korean staples such as ox tongue, spicy chicken, and pork belly.
You’ll also find appetizers and sides to accompany your barbeque dish, or rice and noodle dishes for anyone in your group wanting something different.
A single serving under the barbeque section ranges from £11 to £15, with sides and appetizers costing extra.
If you’re planning to drink with your meal, Koba has another menu dedicated entirely to this. You can choose from alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktails, or if wine is more your thing then take a pick from their long list of wine options.
Reservations can be made online for groups under eight people, and by phone or email for any groups over.
The restaurant is open Mondays from 12 pm to 2.45 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm, Tuesday to Saturday from 12 pm to 2.45 pm and 5.30 pm to 10.45 pm, and Sundays from 12 pm to 2.45 pm.
5. Yori at Picadilly Circus and other locations
6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DL
020 7930 8881
Yori, a Korean restaurant chain, is not only located in Piccadilly Circus but also in multiple locations across London. Some include Covent Garden, Wimbledon, and Clapham Junction.
The multiple locations make it perfect if you’re sightseeing and fancy a bite to eat wherever you may have ended up!
The restaurant offers a wide range of Korean BBQ dishes, so whether you fancy bulgogi or fried chicken, you can watch it all sizzle to your fancy right at your table.
The restaurants have a lively and youthful feel to them, with pink LED lighting, black walls, and red leather sofas ready to be seated on.
On the Piccadilly Circus menu, grilled dishes include Jaeyook Bokum, which is a stir-fried pork belly dish, Ganjang chicken, which is stir-fried chicken in a soy sauce, and Osam Bulgogi which is marinated squid and pork stir-fried with veg.
Yori also offers seafood options and other Korean dishes such as Korean pancakes and bibimbap. The Korean BBQ offers meats such as beef, pork, chicken, and seafood.
Grilled meat prices start from £9.50 and only go up to £12, and Korean BBQ prices range from £7.90 to £15.90. Yori also has a selection of wines and soft drinks to pair with your food.
Reservations can only be made online and must be made at least one day before the planned date.
Yori does not take bookings over the phone and the maximum per table is eight people Monday to Thursday and four people Friday to Sunday.
Opening hours are 12 pm to 11 pm Sunday to Thursday and 12 pm to 11.30 pm on Friday and Saturday.
6. Superstar BBQ at Covent Garden
Central Piazza St Giles, 4 St Giles High Street, London, WC2H 8AB
020 7836 6577
If you’re after a fun evening then Superstar BBQ is the perfect option, combining Korean cuisine with karaoke! Book in for both dinner and a sing-song, with a karaoke room in the basement.
The karaoke room can hold up to twenty-five people, making it perfect for work parties, birthday parties, or any other celebratory event.
It’s also a spacious room, so you don’t have to worry about being cramped, and features a widescreen tv and several tables and comfy chairs.
Superstar BBQ has both a lunch and dinner menu depending on which time you plan to make your reservation. Their barbeque dishes include chili chicken, sesame sirloin, and lamb fillet.
If you’re after a veggie option, choose from mixed vegetables or mixed mushrooms.
Reservations for food can be made by phone, email, or online and they do not take same-day bookings.
You can email email@example.com for large group bookings (over eight) and also for any karaoke room bookings. The karaoke room is for a minimum of fourteen guests and you must stay for at least an hour.
7. Daebak at Vauxhall
316 – 318 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5HY
020 7642 1522
Daebak is a small Korean BBQ restaurant located in Vauxhall. As soon as you walk into the restaurant, you’ll feel the casual, chilled-out vibe of the restaurant which is reflected through its exposed brick and wooden walls, chalkboard menus, and rustic red seating.
Daebak opened in 2017 and ever since then has been devoted to offering its customers the best Korean food.
The menu is full of barbeque options such as the classic bulgogi and spicy chicken, but also has more adventurous options such as eel, and if you’re veggie look out for the tofu options.
Prices on the barbeque menu start at £11.90 and go up to £14.90 for the eel. Daebak also has a variety of other foods to catch your eye on the menu such as katsu curry, or KFC which they have labeled as Korean fried chicken.
Set menus are also available if you need help choosing foods if you’re vegetarian or would like to eat as a group.
Daebak’s drink menu is a little more casual than other restaurants with a larger selection of soft drinks and teas available rather than alcoholic drinks, but there are still a few wines and beers if you fancy one with your meal.
They also have a small dessert menu for those of you with a sweet tooth. Finish your meal with sweet treats such as ice cream or a Korean choco pie.
The restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 12 pm to 3 pm and 5 pm to 10.30 pm, Friday from 12 pm to 3 pm and 5 pm to 11 pm, Saturday from 12 pm to 11 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm to 10 pm.
Bookings can be made by calling the restaurant on 020 7642 1522.
8. Jihwaja at Vauxhall
353 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5QY
020 7582 4680
Just like Superstar BBQ, Jihwaja is also another Korean restaurant and Karaoke bar in one! Jihwaja not only wants to cater to the Korean community in London but also to those that want to experience the Korean culture.
Adding in the karaoke brings a sense of fun and uniqueness to the restaurant and means there is something for everyone.
On the menu, you can find Korean BBQ dishes such as chicken teriyaki, and buldak spicy chicken, which are boneless chicken thighs marinated in chili and honey paste, and also tofu and veggie barbeque.
All prices for the Korean BBQ come in at £11.90 except the beef galbi, which is slightly more at £13.90.
If you’re planning to stay after your meal for karaoke, expect plenty of fun in their plush karaoke room with large TVs, checkered walls, and disco lights.
The room is private, so just for yourself and your party and you can book for four people, all the way to a group of thirty people.
Bookings can be made by calling the restaurant n 020 7582 4680. Jihwaja’s opening hours are a little later than other Korean restaurants, giving you much more flexibility.
Monday to Wednesday, they are open from 12 pm to 3 pm and 5 pm to 11 pm, Thursday from 12 pm to 3 pm and 5 pm to 1 am, Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 3 pm and 5 pm to 3 am, and Sunday 12 pm to 3 pm and 5 pm to 10.30 pm.
9. Yanji Barbeque at Bethnal Green
153 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 7DG
020 3971 1244
Yangi Barbeque is a cool and contemporary spot in Bethnal Green, serving both Korean and Chinese cuisine. You’ll find the restaurant decorated in a minimalistic style with black barbeque tables to grilling your own meat and exposed lighting and pipes to reflect the modern design.
Each table has its own booth, leaving you with more privacy to enjoy your meal with your companions. A small restaurant makes Yanji Barbeque perfect for intimate dinner dates.
On the menu, you will find options such as lamb skewers, along with other varieties of meat, such as bulgogi, spicy chicken and pork, and L. A Galbi, which is marinated beef ribs with bones.
Other non-barbeque options on the menu include noodle dishes, pot soup, and bao which is a steamed bun filled with meat.
You can easily book a table on Yangi’s website by using their online booking option.
The restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12 pm to 3 pm and 5.30 to 10.30 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 3 pm and 5.30 pm to 10 pm. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
10. Kimchee Restaurant & Bar at King‘s Cross
Unit 4, 2 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG
020 3907 8474
Kimchee is located next to King’s Cross and St Pancras station, making it a handy location if you fancy a bite to eat before traveling.
The restaurant offers high-quality Korean BBQ dishes and has a stylish, modern interior with an open-plan kitchen and traditional Korean grill.
The restaurant also features a large terraced area for warmer days, so you can sit outside and eat your barbequed food in the sunshine, whilst also enjoying a spot of people watching at the same time.
On the menu, you’ll find barbeque options such as mixed platters including ribs, harami, and rib eye. The menu also includes ox tongue, scallops, and pork sausages.
There’s also the option for rice and noodle dishes and small plates if you’re after something lighter, or for lunch.
You’ll also find a whole menu dedicated to drinks with a wide variety of cocktails, spirits, and wines to choose from, and also soft drinks if you would prefer non-alcoholic.
Kimchee is open Sunday to Thursday from 12 pm to 10 pm with the barbecue menu open from 5 pm.
Friday and Saturday the restaurant is open from 12 pm to 11 pm with the barbecue menu open from 5 pm.
11. Dotori at Finsbury Park
3 Stroud Green Road, London, N4 2DQ
020 7263 3562
Dotori is a casual Korean BBQ restaurant located in Finsbury Park. It’s walk-in friendly, meaning you don’t have to book a table in advance, and not only offers Korean cuisine but Japanese as well.
The menu features traditional Korean BBQ options such as bulgogi, which you can also order as either a chicken or pork belly dish.
If you’re after seafood, there’s the modeum haemul, suitable for one or two people, and offers a selection of king prawns, squids, and mussels.
Prices for the Korean BBQ start at £11.90 and go up to £24.90 for the modeum haemul.
Dotori is open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 12 pm to 10.30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 pm to 2.15 pm and 5 pm to 10.30 pm, and Sundays from 4.30 pm to 9.45 pm.
The restaurant is closed on Mondays and please bear in mind is cash only.
12. Lime Orange at Westminster
312 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1AA
020 8616 0498
Lime Orange is a family-run Korean restaurant located just a three-minute walk away from Westminster Cathedral.
A well-lit and modern-style restaurant, Lime Orange is perfect if you fancy a quick bite to eat whilst you’re busy sightseeing in the capital.
On the Barbeque and grill section of the menu, you will find your classic Korean dishes such as Bulgogi in an assortment of meats such as beef, chicken, or pork.
If you’re after something slightly different then there’s the option of Salmon Teriyaki or pork belly. Prices start at £11.90 on the barbecue menu and go up to £13.90 for the salmon.
The restaurant is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 12 pm to 3 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm and is closed on Mondays.
Reservations can be made on their website. They do not take same-day reservations but Lime Orange is always open for walk-ins.
With so many Korean BBQ hotspots in the capital city, it’s hard to know where to start. London has so many to offer, that no matter what area of the city you’re in, you’re bound to find a restaurant to adhere to your barbecue cravings.
There’s the option for a quiet, intimate meal at restaurants such as Gogi or Kimchee, or if you’re looking to make a night of it, or have a large group, you can combine both your meal and Karaoke together at Superstar BBQ and Jihwaja. Whatever your vibe, you’re certain to find somewhere you’ll enjoy!
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