Just what we’ve been waiting for all along: a new ‘grab and go’ style Korean diner. Glasgow brand Bibimbap opened its doors on Hanover Street, and will offer hearty street food inspired by Seoul’s cultural heritage. Bibimbap Edinburgh opened in the former Pakora Bar location at 96 Hanover Street and the venue is currently undergoing refurbishment. The Korean-style diner also can seat around 20 customers at a time, while both takeaway and delivery kitchens will be available at all times.
The original Bibimbap is located on West Nile Street in Glasgow, opened in March 2018 and has seen immense popularity amongst weegies for its quirky style and modern Korean cuisine. We love the name, and apparently, the spot is named after a Korean comfort food (pronounced as ‘bee-beem-bahp’) which is a bowl of warm white rice topped with vegetables and chilli pepper paste, soy sauce, or fermented soybean paste.
The menu consists of a variety of well-known Korean dishes that will be prepared with love right in front of guests with an expected hit of taste and flavour. The treats in question are Kimchi, deopbap, Corn Dogs, Yum Yum fried chicken, soup, and noodles, in addition to the famous Bibimbap dish.
The main menu dishes include Yache with broccoli, onions, mushrooms, beansprout & pak choi, or the Beef Udon with wok-fried beef, udon noodles and mixed vegetables in spicy mayo. Other highlights are also Saeu, which is Korean style Sweet & Sour Prawns, Tteok-Bokki, a stir-fried fish and rice cake with a sweet and spicy sauce and Jeyuk Bokkeum – a spicy Pork.
The Glasgow restaurant also has some mean cocktails, and the Hanover Street branch is no exception. Go for the BBB Mai Tai that comes with Brugal rum, almond syrup, triple sec
and pineapple juice – what a combo!
What is more, to celebrate the launch, diners can enjoy a £2 lunch special for one day only on Wednesday, September 20. The special deal will be available from 12pm to 2pm, so you should get there early!
Young Lee, the head chef at Bibimbap Edinburgh, who has over 20 years of experience under his belt, said: “There is huge appreciation right now for Korean cuisine in Scotland – with mouthwatering foods dominating the internet and K-pop enjoying enormous popularity. Foodies in Edinburgh can now tuck into our extensive menu, which includes a variety of traditional and modern Korean dishes and enjoy tastes of downtown Seoul in a vibrant, colourful venue that plays homage to K-Culture.”