Kim Ji is the first dedicated Korean restaurant to open in Preston. We went down at lunchtime to try it out.Advertisement
It’s 12 o’clock when I arrive at Kim Ji in Winckley Street. The little Korean restaurant has only been open a week, but word has clearly got out. The place is bustling.
I’m lead upstairs and offered a table by the window and wait for my friend. The decor is fresh and although we haven’t booked, there are tables available.
As I wait, I eye up the other diners’ meals as they arrive. There are sizzling bowls of rice based dishes, cute little teapots and lush looking sides.
She arrives a short time later and the waitress brings us the menus. There’s a choice of two – the main menu or the lunchtime set menu. We opt for the latter.
At £7.50 for two courses it offers excellent value and a choice of dishes. There’s also a selection of wines, beer and soft drinks on offer.
I’m tempted by the Hite – a Korean beer – but as it’s lunchtime, I opt for green tea which comes served in a traditional teapot and cup. My friend orders honey citron tea – which is exactly what you’d expect it to be.
Our starters arrive – crispy vegetable pancakes and Kim Ji fried chicken (KFC) served with a soy dipping sauce and sweet chilli dip. The chicken is my favourite – and with toasted sesame seeds and spring onion garnish, it is a world away from the Colonel’s offerings.
These are followed up by our mains. I ordered chicken stir fried udon noodles and my friend chose beef bibimbap (which the waitress helpfully told us is pronounced bi-bim-bap).
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My noodles are fat and the chicken deliciously tender, with the distinct soy and sesame flavours I had hoped for.
The bibimbap arrives in a hot stone dish, which is used to cook the egg and rice to form a crisp rice layer, beneath the beef and vegetables. It is sizzling as it arrives at the table, but unfortunately is a little burnt.
We finish our meals comfortably full and settle up the bill. At £20.50 including drinks it seems reasonable value for a lunchtime treat.
Kim Ji are also offering takeaway service from this week and plan to offer delivery in the near future.
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