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Aug 15, 2011 04:28 AM

Best Korean in New Malden?

A group of us are trying to do an Outer London tour - so getting all the way round the periphery of London stopping off at great unknown restaurants along the way.

We're thinking of starting with a Korean in New Malden. Does anyone know any good ones?

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  1. You should do a search above - I think New Malden or Korean would do for a topic.

    I think one of the best places in New Malden is Sorabol, but it's a small place so make sure you book ahead. They do grilled meat and chicken at the table, besides all the usual dishes.
    It's very close to the train station but there's also good parking around the corner at a town car park.

    Across the street are Hamipak - also good but even smaller - and The Palace, which we haven't tried as yet.

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    1. re: zuriga1

      Great - hadn't thought about doing a search (am a new user) and it's turned up a whole bunch of things. Thanks also for your suggestions.

    2. We were back in New Malden last night for a dinner of Korean food. We decided to try a new place - The Palace. I think this was our best meal to date. It's a bit up the ladder from Hamgipak, being more spacious. Everything we ate was excellent with each sauce being a star. I think it was the best seafood pancake I've ever had, including places in London. It's a family-run place with good, very fast service and the menu is very extensive.

      1. any new recommendations from anyone?

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        1. re: abby d

          A group of 8 of us went to the Palace recently, and it was outstanding. Good service, great value, delicious food (eg spicy raw crab!). Thoroughly recommended.

          1. re: abby d

            We go to New Malden and last time tried the Palace. I'd agree with everything that was said above. The food is very good and probably in a league with Sorabol. It's hard to go wrong in New Malden with Hamgipak or these other two. All are quite small, so I'd book ahead for sure.

            I don't think the Palace does the at-the-table grilled meats, and Sorabol does that very well - probably the only difference. Both have good service.

            1. re: zuriga1

              Are these restaurants open at lunchtimes?

              1. re: cathodetube

                They are. We often go for lunch on a weekend. And the restaurants are very close to the train station. Luckily, we can drive but if one can't, it's not that long a ride from Waterloo.

                1. re: zuriga1

                  Thanks. I have a car but sometimes have free time during the week and would like to try then. Do you know what the parking restrictions are?

                  1. re: cathodetube

                    There is quite a large carpark about two blocks from the restaurants. It's the first right hand turn after you pass Sorabol on the right coming from the A3 and just near the Lidl store. We've never parked on the High St. or anywhere else as this is so convenient. Around 6, there's always a space... not sure about lunchtimes.

              2. re: zuriga1

                Do people actually like cooking at their table?

                I find it disconcerting that the waiter/waitress is standing over you whilst cooking, I think it worrying that the waiter/waitress is cooking rather than a chef, and in the case where you cook your own, I prefer not to go to restaurants where I have to tend to my own food. That said, it can be fun. ACK!

                1. re: brokentelephone

                  For those interested, you should take a trip down Burlington road in New Malden. There's about a dozen or more Korean places. I love the Hyun Bakery for Korean style sweets and pastries. As an aside, the Korean community have been spilling into neighbouring Raynes Park - i spotted a new place called Soba near to the train station.

                  1. re: Nii

                    Thanks, we will definitely check out Burlington Rd. There's a huge Indian market next to Sorabol, but you probably know that Nii. :-)

                  2. re: brokentelephone

                    The people cooking don't hover at the table, which is good. They come back to check the food and to be honest, we've only done the grilled stuff once, and it didn't bother me at all... doesn't take all that long. Nothing else is done at the table, and you don't have to order the grill. I'm not sure if Sorabol is the only restaurant doing this. So far, I haven't seen it elsewhere that I remember.