Finally made it to London's very own "Koreatown" in SW London. Asked for a rec from the lady shopkeeper in Seoul Plaza grocery store and was pointed towards either Yami or Palace both on the High Street, we opted for the latter having inspected both places (and a few other places besides).
Excellent place all round. Service couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful, turns out that it's a husband/wife team with husband running front of house and wife in the kitchen. Nice, modern, stylish decor etc. Odd to note but nice actual menus! And most importantly the food was a winner.
We [over] ordered spicy squid with rice (£6), seafood pancake (£6.50) and stir fried glass noodles with mixed meat and veg (£10). Plus 2 Korean Hite beers (£2.50 each), light and flavoursome. Before any of these arrived, we were served a complimentary selection of 5 small dishes comprising kimchi, mook (Korean "jelly", in this case chestnut rather than the more standard acorn), mini spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce, steamed broccoli with a spicy red chilli sauce and seasoned boiled potato pieces. All very good with the kimchi being standout, when we asked for a second serving, we were given it without any fuss. Oh and at the outset we were served cold water which was refilled at regular intervals, always appreciated.
We were pleased with each of our picks - the pancake was light, fluffy and non-oily; the squid dish involved generous amounts of tender squid and the spicy sauce had good kick to it; the noodles were probably the standout, they had great "chew" to them and the dish was equally tasty hot or cold (we had leftovers packed to go, again without any fuss). The food we ordered would have been enough for 3-4 people which means you can eat very well here for less than £10 per person, for the quality that's a real London bargain. I was keen to try the tofu "chigae" (stew) and the sashimi as, in my experience, Korean chefs have good expertise with both tofu and raw fish, next time for sure.
For the moment no BBQ menu, that's to be introduced in 1 month's time when the requisite equipment arrives.
I would also like to try some of the other places on High Street and Burlington Road, apparently there's a Korean bakery on the latter street which sounds interesting.
Palace Korean Restaurant
183-185 High Street, New Malden, KT3 4BH
020 8949 3737