On the Bab

I think the cover photo sums this place up well – the best fried chicken I have ever had and great “beer on tap”. On the Bab in Covent Garden offers a great selection of Korean street food.

Two of my friends and I visited this place on a weekday and, although the place is quite small, had no trouble getting a table for three. The only rule is that all guests must be present before they seat you.

We tried a few starters including seaweed salad and kimchi (pickled cabbage – one of my favourite ingredients from the Korean cuisine).

For mains we sampled a few of the ‘On the buns’ options – steam buns with beef/pork/ chicken/ prawns or mushroom fritters. Each portion comes with 2 steam buns and you can mix and match which 2 flavours you want to try. I also tried the Bibimbab: cooked vegetables on a bed of rice, topped with an egg served in a metal dish.

The main event of the meal though is the fried Yangyum chicken with sauce (Garlic Mayo) – a must! And beer on tap which they bring to your table to pour yourselves.

As there are so many great dishes on the menu to try I recommend going with a group of friends so you can order a couple of dishes and share/ try each others.

The chain has a few other restaurants you can visit including St Paul’s, Marylebone and Shoreditch.


Menu varies between branches.


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