Bibimbap (West End, Glasgow) 2023 : Review

Visit & Vibes

During a recent visit to Glasgow’s West End, I decided to rediscover the charm of BIMBAP, a restaurant I hadn’t visited in quite some time.

Stepping inside, I was immediately struck by the enduring elegance of the place; its aesthetic had remained as captivating as ever. What pleasantly surprised me was the bustling atmosphere, a stark contrast to the rumors I’d heard of this location’s purported misfortune. Many had speculated about the longevity of businesses here, but BIMBAP had not only weathered the storm but thrived.

Noise Level★★★★
Restaurant Temperature★★★★
Table Dressing★★★
Restaurant Cleanliness★★★★★
Background Music Level★★★★★
Disabled ToiletsYes

The Food

KFC Korean Fried Chicken (Small) £7.95
Traditional-style Korean Fried Chicken coated in Crispy Batter

Tonight I wanted to try two dishes, and the first to tantalize my taste buds was none other than the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken).

Opting for the small option, I was pleasantly surprised by its generous size upon arrival. Please pardon the reddish tint in the photos; my dining spot was bathed in a crimson ambiance, courtesy of nearby lighting.

As I took my initial bite, I couldn’t help but admire the exquisite crispiness of the coating, a testament to great preparation. The chicken itself, while decent, fell just shy of wowing my palate. However, a game-changer awaited me in the form of the accompanying sauce. This condiment elevated the entire experience, transforming it into a flavor-packed sensation.

In summary, the KFC here was undeniably enjoyable, but it’s worth noting that its full potential comes to life when coupled with that sensational sauce.

Dish Flavour★★★★
Serving Size★★★★★
Value for Money★★★★★

Haemul-Pajeon £7.90
seafood & green onion pancake

My second dish tonight was the seafood and green onion pancake—a dish that piqued my curiosity with its intriguing description. Regrettably, the crimson hue in my photos persisted, a product of my dining environment. My apologies for this.

Once again, I was pleased to find a substantial portion awaiting me. As I savored the initial bites, I found the flavor profile to be, well, just okay. There were no standout elements that elicited a “wow” from my taste buds. The squid within the pancake did exhibit a slight rubbery texture, which was a tad disappointing. Overall, it was a decent dish, but it lacked that extraordinary factor.

However, when I dipped the pancake into the accompanying soy sauce. This simple addition transformed the dish, enhancing its flavors and elevating it from “okay” to quite enjoyable. While not a showstopper, it was a respectable addition to my meal.

Dish Flavour★★★★
Serving Size★★★★★
Value for Money★★★

Final Thoughts…

Overall tonight’s return was just so-so, but I was glad to see how busy it was and that it has managed to stay open for longer than most restaurants in this building.

Service / Staff★★★★
Time between Courses★★★★★
Overall Value for Money★★★★
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