I wouldn’t say it’s necessary to go out West to have a Bibimbap, there are very fine options on this side of Tiergarten. Still, I am looking for more than that, maybe even a full-on Korean dinner with the table bending because of all the delicious sides, kimchi variations, steamed eggs, soybeans and the likes. So I went West, and what I found was a delicious Bibimbap.
Most good things in Asian food in Berlin are centered around Kantstraße, that’s known, so I was putting my hopes on this very white restaurant on Wilmersdorfer Straße. The menu sounded promising as well, and the service was exceptionally friendly, in the end though, it was an up- and down quality wise. While the steamed vegetarian dumplings (4,50 Euro) were a bit too bland and sticky for my taste, the kimchi and spinach were really good. Especially the spinach was just fresh and dressed with the right amount of sesame sauce and the Kimchi balanced sour and spicy just the way I like it. And then while the noodle soup (6 Euro) was again just too bland, the Bibimbap (8,50 Euro) was delicious. Served in a hot stone pot, the rice was still sizzling and thus developing this nice crunchy crust on the bottom, that blends in so well once you mix the whole thing through. And take a look at the pretty fried egg on top of it, with the hot sauce so picture-perfectly poured below the yolk (how did they do that!?). With the hot sauce, the pickled cucumbers, spinach, carrots and even more kimchi, this is perfect comfort food, should you find yourself in the area on an ice-cold day (like today).
I also heard from others that Cooking Papa serves a very good Kimchi Chigae, a soup made of Kimchi and pork belly, which makes sense considering the quality and deliciousness of their pickled cabbage. Definitely a reason to come back.
But what’s your favorite Korean restaurant in Berlin? Who has the best Ramyoen? Where is the table bending thanks to a plenty of sides?