Restaurant: Bibimbap & The Shan State, Soho – London


James – Chilli Chicken – Marinated in chilli, garlic and soy sauce with julienned vegetables, plus fried egg – £8.50

Last night, we met up with some of our friends in London to, once again, celebrate James’ birthday (yes, I know, again) but we just had to and any reason to eat our with friends is always a good idea (although our bank accounts may disapprove) but before we even begin, the following dishes are very well priced for the amount you get.

Seafood Pancake – Pan-fried mixed seafood pancake served with garlic & sesame soy sauce – £5.50

So now, let’s start from the beginning. Upon arrival, there was already a queue forming outside of the door, good sign right? Although it was slightly snowing, it seemed popular enough to wait around for. James and I had not been here before, but Rochelle had been and say it’s worth it (we trust her)

When finally passing the queue through the doors, the lady at the entrance told us that they had no table ready for 6 (Joseph was meant to come too) and suggested we headed 5 minutes down the road to their Charlotte Street branch,  and so we did.

10pcs Original fried Korean style chicken served with sweet chilli and kimchi mayo – £9.50

Feeling like VIP’s walking straight past the other customers waiting and everyone asking if we came from the Soho branch, we were directed to our table downstairs.

Okay, so let’s be honest here – this restaurant is small and not the most prettiest of places. I wouldn’t say it’s first date material but in all honestly, the food makes up for it. It is more of a casual quick meal kind of place (the couple next to us just ordered loads of sides and left)


Rochelle & Jessica – Spicy Pork – Pork strips marinated with spices and soy, served with vegetables – £7.45


Now the food! For some reason, we are missing Micah and Eric’s dish but they both got the Beef Bool-Go-Gi – Specially marinated beef strips with vegetables but all dishes were just so good, so full of flavour and most definitely filling – we all pretty much shared the starters, Micah didn’t even finish hers, but as mentioned so many times now – so worth the price and worth the wait to be honest.

Chilli Squid – Deep-fried squid seasoned with sea salt and chilli, served with chilli, soy and pepper sauce – £5.50

This could easily be a place we would come back to if we ever hit that Korean food craving or simply for another casual dinner with friends.

Although we all complained how full we were, you know what I’m about to say right?

There’s always room for dessert!

The Shan State

James – Delight Waffle – £5.20

Going back to where we came from, about less than 10 mins down the road just by China Town is what used to be Boba Jam, the very go to dessert place here in Central, with all sorts of Asian desserts.

Although they have changed in name and decoration, their menu was pretty much the same from what we remembered.

Micah & Jessica – Sweet Mango Crepe Roll – £6.20

James and I had been here once before back in 2015, but this has always been the place for Rochelle and I when we have our ‘dates’ in Central. As per, we both got the sweet crepe, along with Micah and James with his waffle.

We believe we have turned Micah and Eric into fans that they have now called it their new spot!

Rochelle – Sweet Banana Crepe Roll – £6.20

The place looks so much better and the service has definitely improved, but following the meal we just had – we were all pretty much defeated (James obviously ate all his) but us girls lost to food and had some left to show.

Overall, it was a great meal with amazing company – couldn’t have ended celebrating the last of James’ birthday with our friends.

Food: ★★★★

Customer service: ★★★

Atmosphere: ★★★

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  1. Francesca Nelson
    February 26, 2017 / 8:15 am

    The food looks amazing!! shame the restaurant isn't a bit more good looking so it'd be more suitable for date nights but if the food makes up for it then hey!! The dessert place is for sure somewhere I need to try out!! http://www.mylifeinrosetintedglasses.com

    • Food & Baker
      March 1, 2017 / 9:37 am

      Ugh the food defo make up for it all!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

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