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22 Aug, 2011

Assa Restaurant (앗싸)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Korean Food|United Kingdom

Korean food has always been one of our favourite cuisines. Unfortunately there is no Korean restaurant in Cardiff at the moment and so when we were in London, we went to Assa for authentic Korean food.

Assa Restaurant
Assa has always been my favourite Korean restaurant in London since I first came to the UK. I was glad to find out that their quality of food has not changed over the years. Assa is strategically located in central London near Tottenham Court Road tube station. The restaurant opens at 12pm and we were there for lunch.

Side dishes, Assa Restaurant
Shortly after placing our orders, we were served with two complementary side dishes (반찬), pickled seaweed and bean sprouts. The pickled seaweed was sour and appetising which provided a good start to the meal!

Kimchi pancake, Assa Restaurant
It did not take long for our first dish to arrive. Priced at £6.40, the kimchi pancake (김치전) was absolutely delicious! The pancake was very well pan-fried and the use of ripened kimchi provided a sourish taste to the dish, which we thought was very appetising. Definitely something that is worth a try!

Ddeokbokki, Assa Restaurant
One of our regular orders was the ddeokbokki (떡볶이). Priced at £6.50, the Korean rice cake in chili sauce was excellent! It was spicy and sweet at the same time and generous amount of rice cakes, fish cakes and noodles were served. The fish cakes were exceptionally good when it soaked up the spicy broth! We would highly recommend anyone visiting this restaurant to try this dish out!

Soondubu jjigae, Assa Restaurant
Priced at £5.50, we also had a soondubu jjigae (순두부찌개). Served piping hot, the spicy soft tofu broth came with a bowl of rice. The broth was moderately hot and the tofu was very soft and silky. If you love hot soups and tofu, this would be the right order for you!

Kimchi bokkumbap, Assa Restaurant
Lastly, we had a kimchi bokkumbap (김치볶음밥) for £5.50. More commonly known as kimchi fried rice, Assa’s version was cooked with lots of kimchi topped with a sunny side up garnished with sesame seeds. The rice was very moist, fragrant and flavourful. Mix the runny egg with the rice and you will get a very smooth and silky texture of the rice. We enjoyed every bite of it!

Although food was remarkably good, service was rather average and the restaurant was quite small and can be very packed during peak hours, not an ideal restaurant to sit down and chat for a long time. Nevertheless, we will still return to this place for more mouth-watering Korean food!

Restaurant Information
53 St. Giles High Street
London WC2H 8LH
United Kingdom.
Tel: 02072408256

6 Responses to "Assa Restaurant (앗싸)"

1 | Baby Sumo

August 23rd, 2011 at 4:07 am


The food photo looks so yummy! You make me crave for Korean food 😛

Btw you working in UK now?

2 | ai wei

August 23rd, 2011 at 4:32 am


oh my, u guys are doing so internationally instead of western food alone. haha.

by the way, the shop’s name and the sign board looks so boutique-liked. haha

3 | Betty Miles

August 23rd, 2011 at 11:20 am


I have not visited this restaurant yet , but the look of the meals… mmm I will visit it asap!

4 | eatonlylar

August 24th, 2011 at 11:50 am


Baby Sumo: We were craving for it ourselves as well! Haha! In fact, we’ll probably go back soon. Cant wait! hehe. Nah, not working in UK. Just finished studying, will be coming back to KL soon enough.

Ai Wei: Haha, cant help it when we like all types of food. It cant be resisted! Come to think of it, the sign board does look like it. The interior isn’t, though.

Betty Miles: Glad you likes the pictures, thanks for visiting!

5 | Choi Yen

August 25th, 2011 at 2:13 am


The red red food really make people have good appetite hor… *drooling*

6 | eatonlylar

August 25th, 2011 at 8:01 pm


Choi Yen: I definitely agree with you! Usually red food looks very attractive, maybe because it usually means it’s hot/spicy and I like spicy food. Haha!

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