I work once or sometimes twice a week in Nottingham and find myself out and about there pretty frequently but for some reason, despite its central location, I had never noticed Miss Korea (the same people behind the one in Birmingham), right there on Long Row West, just a stones throw from Market Square.
The restaurant itself is long and thin with tables down the two sides – each one with a rather frightening looking BBQ grill built into the surface. This could be quite intimidating to someone who isn’t sure what to do…someone like… me. Fortunately, I found myself there as part of my ongoing education into Korean food with someone who knows what he’s on about so phew.. all was good.
Although there is plenty to choose on the menu which doesn’t require live action BBQ, we went for it (why the hell not!) and ordered galbi (갈비). Essentially this is grilled beef ribs with accompaniments, in this case, lettuce, garlic and chillies, ssamjang (쌈장) a beancurd paste and gochujang (고추장) which is a hot chilli sauce.
We also ordered sticky rice and my new favourite thing – kimchi (김치), which is spicy fermented cabbage and tastes way better than it sounds!
There is something quite exciting about cooking your own meal – even if it seems at odds with the concept of paying for a meal in a restaurant. Korean BBQ strikes me as a very social eating experience and although we had a lot fun with two of us, a group would have been even better. Who doesn’t enjoy poking at food over a grill with tongs?
The best bit for me was filling our lettuce cups (fajita style). Starting with a crisp lettuce leaf, we added a spoon of sticky rice, some kimchi, both sauces and topping with the garlic and chillies. We then toasted each time with the soju (소주), a kind of rice vodka and proceeded to stuff the delicious galbi parcels down our necks in a not so graceful fashion!
I’ve read a couple of mixed reviews online about Miss Korea about the food and service but for me, it was a great experience. The beef was tender and tasty and the kimchi was awesome. I was pleased that the service and food quality were equal to the enjoyment of a relatively novel eating experience.
70 Long Row West,
0115 950 9608
*The restaurant did not know that I was planning to review the meal and I (well… Dave) paid in full. If you think he’s made the kimchi looks good, check out what he can do with a proper camera at David Parry Imaging*