I’m not entirely sure there is a better way to finish the working week than with cocktails and a few bites with friends, and last week I had just that opportunity at Kimchee Bar in Holborn.
A relatively new establishment to the London dining circuit, Kimchee was set up by Mr Kim to introduce British people to Korean cuisine and fill a Seoul sized gap in the market. We arrived at 6.30pm and within half an hour the bar was crammed with people looking for a Friday night fix, clearly Kimchee has already made its mark!
We started with a Lychee Love; sweet lychee purée with tart pomegranate and grapefruit, and Floral Festival; chrysanthemum gin, rose, vermouth and pineapple. These were both delicious, the perfect balance between sweet & sour, and I could really taste the chrysanthemum, which was a welcome change to standard gin.
We also sampled a selection of bites, these included tempura prawns with wasabi mayonnaise, soft shell crab with sweet soy sauce, and rib-eye skewered steak. I thought the menu was rather limited, however, the Asian flavours and interesting textures were as moreish as our cocktails.
We finished with an Apple Sojito; apples, mint and pomegranate combined with tequila, grapefruit and notes of Aperol, and Nabi Dance (inspired by a Korean swallowtail butterfly); Flor de Cana white rum, lychee purée, pear, grapefruit and champagne. Both were subtle, aromatic and (like our previous round) very pretty to look at.
We left to continue our night elsewhere, but agreed that the relaxed surroundings and a concise, considered drinks list make Kimchee Bar an excellent place to experience cocktails the Korean way.
71 High Holborn