Restaurant Review: Kimchi Cult!, 14 Chancellor Street, Partick, Glasgow

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A taste of Korea in Glasgow

Just off Byres Road in the west end of Glasgow is Kimchi Cult, which, from its niche signage font looks like it’s straight out of a comic (possibly John Miller of Khaki Shorts fame).
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Step inside where there are three tables plus seats at the window. It must have one of the smallest sit-in seating areas in Glasgow seating 10 at a push.
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We settled down with our menus as wave upon wave of takeaway orders were picked up – this is a popular place. They have a choice of Korean dishes, westernized variations and Korean teas and Asian juices like Pocari Sweat (£2) and Aloe Vera juice (£1.50).

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We ordered the pork belly bao (£3.50), tasty pork surrounded by pickled cucumber, hoisin sauce, sriracha sauce and a fluffy bun served with a side of homemade Kimchi.

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Mr Foodie was starving so a sizzling bowl of Bimbibap (£7) was ordered. Rice, vegetables, Korean gochujang sauce – the sweet and savoury Korean chilli sauce, kimchi, egg and seaweed and just like the stuff he chowed on when he visited Seoul.   A huge portion for the price – some had to be placed in a doggy bag for afters!

Tangy, fragrant and filling 👌

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Chicken thighs with gochujang sauce and a portion of the soy glazed chicken was also ordered (£6 each). Both had a crisp, crunchy exterior covering meltingly soft chicken inside.  Two large chicken thighs per portion provided excellent value.

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Cheesy kimchi fries (£6) provided some carbs. The in-house kimchi had a kick but was also sweet and tangy.  Ideal kimchi for starting out – and worked surprisingly well with the chips in that it didn’t turn them to mush like we’ve had in other places.

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Overall, we all enjoyed our filling lunch. Lots of tasty dishes to pick from with non spicy options for those with delicate taste-buds.   There are gluten-free and vegetarian options available too and if you intend to sit-in you can’t book but if it’s too busy they said you could go to a nearby pub/cafe for a bit and they’d do their best to accommodate you when space becomes free. Also bear in mind that there’s no toilet.

TL;DR

+ Perfectly crisp chicken thighs
+ Good portion sizes
+ Tangy authentic-tasting kimchi
+ Korean tea and Asian drinks

– Closed Sunday and Monday
– You can’t book
– No toilets

Location:
14 Chancellor Street, Glasgow, G11 5RQ

Kimchi Cult!

Contact:
0141 258 8081

Opening Hours:
Tue–Sat noon–9.30.
Closed Sun/Mon.

Website : www.kimchicult.com

Transport:
Near to Kelvinhall Underground Station
First Bus 2, 3, 8, 15, 17, 77, 90

 

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    Mrs Foodie aka Emma loves to snuggle with Fred and Cleo, sleep and read. Can be found with gin or a pint in hand.

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