The New Kid on the Block
The Glasgow food scene is looking pretty great right now, with some brilliant new restaurants popping up on all sides of the city. One of the newest additions to our collection of excellent eateries is Bibimbap
, boasting a menu inspired by Korean comfort food and full of classic, flavourful dishes. Having opened at the end of February, Bibimbap has already received rave reviews from many of my favourite foodies in the know, so I was pretty excited to try it out for myself last week.
I headed along to the city centre restaurant – which occupies the unit once home to Riverhill on West Nile Street, last Thursday evening to catch up with Lindsey over some good food. It was pretty busy when we arrived, about 6pm, and has been full of happy faces whenever I’ve walked by since.
I’d never heard of Bibimbap’s namesake dish until earlier this year when my mum ended up making it from one of those recipe kit subscription boxes, and funnily enough, the restaurant announced it’s opening that very same week. It felt like a strange coincidence, but after devouring my mum’s version of the classic Korean dish I had high hopes for visiting the restaurant itself.
Bibimbap’s menu is packed with a selection of classic Korean dishes, with some small plates and some larger portions. You’ll find their namesake dish – bibimbap – amongst stir-fries, rice bowls, noodles and Korean fried chicken.
Being a relatively new restaurant, I think they’re still getting the hang of perfecting their delivery timetable and stock levels, so there were a couple of things on the menu that weren’t available on the night. Luckily my food choices were all ready and raring to go, so it didn’t really bother me all that much. It’s the sort of thing you learn to expect from newer places, and it works in my favour anyway – giving me yet another excuse to visit again in the future.
In the end, we ordered a larger dish and a small plate each, plus some Korean fried chicken on the side. It was definitely too much food, but my god it was delicious. For my larger dish, I had the beef rice bowl, which came with beautifully tender meat that was packed full of flavour. Having been before, Lindsey opted to have the bibimbap again, and I think that would be my first choice on my next visit. I’ll need to try their namesake dish at some point, right?
I couldn’t resist the Kimchi Man Do – pork dumplings – which were absolutely huge and stuffed full of tasty pork. They had a brilliant kick to them that wasn’t too overpowering but made them that little bit more exciting than your standard pork dumplings. Lindsey went for the kimchi pancakes, and I couldn’t resist trying some Korean fried chicken – which was so worth it. Tasty and tender without being too greasy, it was brilliant.
Having read Lis’s review of Bibimbap before my own visit, I had intended on leaving the car at home so I could put their cocktail menu to the test. Unfortunately, life had other plans, and I ended up having to drive into town in the end, so no cocktails for me on this occasion. That’s okay, though, because it gives me a pretty good excuse to head back again for more.
If you know the spot that Bibimbap now occupy, you’ll know it’s a pretty cosy unit, so it does feel a wee bit on the smaller side. It was really busy when we were there but we didn’t feel cramped or like we were being rushed out once we’d finished, which was nice. The interiors are absolutely gorgeous, packed with bright, neon features and lots of lush greenery. It’s a really welcoming spot and one I’d love to go back to.
Bibimbap is certainly a welcome addition to the Glasgow food scene, and one I hope sticks around for the foreseeable.
This was a complimentary in exchange for an honest review – read my full disclaimer here