Felt like exploring London, and decided to base my adventure around where I could get Korean food without it being New Malden (because Sorabol is closed Sundays) or Soho (because Central London is ghastly on the weekends).
I ended up going to Finsbury Park, and ate a a good little Korean / Japanese cafe. Usually I would avoid such a hybrid restaurant, but the place got a good review in Timeout so thought, how bad could it be? As it turns out, it was really quite nice. We shared a bibimbap w/raw beef, and a spicy beef vegetable soup -- the bibimbap was amongst the best I've had in London, and the soup was quite good, if a little lacking in depth of flavour. Great service and pretty cheap -- 2 mains, kimchi and 2 non-alcoholic drinks was £19.
Next, popped into a Happening Bagel Bake across the road and have found what are probably my favorite bagels in London. An Israeli dude owns the place, and apparently learned how to bake bagels in New York. They are a biiiiiit doughy, but according to some blog I read, the owner deliberately bakes them a bit soft because the locals prefer them to the type of chewier NYC bagel he'd like to produce.
All in all, a nice way to avoid Carnival, and a much closer alternative to Golders Green where I'd usually go for bagels.
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