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Apr 27, 2014 12:34 PM
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Su La - Korean BBQ - New Malden [London]

Hi all,

I finally managed to get to Su La which is a Korean BBQ place in New Malden that actually does their cooking over charcoal. Now, this can be both a good thing and a bad thing. I will start this post with the following words of advice.

DO NOT WEAR ANYTHING THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO STINK OF CHARCOAL TO THIS RESTAURANT.

Caveat covered. Let's begin.

BBQ is only cooked inside after 8:00pm so plan accordingly. If you don't mind leaving it to the grill man in the back then you can order your (still cooked over charcoal) BBQ before 8:00pm.

Panchan consisted of kimchee, bean sprouts, tasty dried anchovies with shredded radish, etc. Above average kimchee, but Jee Cee Neh is still the neighborhood leader for panchan.

- Rice cakes in spicy sauce: This standard Korean starter / comfort food dish is a particular favorite of mine. The version here was one of the best I've ever had; the sauce had extra kick, the rice cakes were perfectly cooked, and the dish came strewn with large quantities of sliced fish cake. Really good rendition.

BBQ:

- Sam gyup sal: The weakest of the meats, hence me covering it off first. Not super flavorful and lacking in the char / smokiness of other items. This place seems to do beef better.

- Beef ribs: The single best thing we had. Tender and flavorful beef ribs which were marinated and coated in a sauce prior to grilling. Cut up via scissor by your waitress and covered with loads of sesame seeds. Probably the single best Korean BBQ item I've ever had in London. Great smokiness from the charcoal.

- Bulgogi: Strong version. Tasty and made all the more flavorful by an above average level of fat. Somewhat nutty in flavor although I am unsure as to whether or not that was down to a marinade. Pretty good.

Everything came with lettuce for wraps, some standard issue sauces (e.g. fermented bean paste, sesame oil with salt/pepper, etc), etc.

I would really like to explore this menu further as the BBQ was great and their "Authentic Specials" section looked like it had some really interesting dishes (e.g. fermented skate with boiled pork and kimchi... tripe, octopus, bo-ssam, raw crab, etc.)

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This place is very Chowdown-able and would arguably be better suited to 8 of us heading down there for a big mean as opposed to Limster and I trying to eat the entire menu in one sitting.

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  1. My husband and I would be happy to join you if you need a few extra mouths.

    1. We finally got to Su La tonight. I think it's the best Korean food we've had so far in New Malden, and that's about 6 different restaurants. I noticed that some people writing on Trip Advisor complained about the service. We thought it was excellent, but it wasn't very crowded and it is a holiday.

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      1. re: zuriga1

        I just had to check to see how far New Malden is from our home. It's over an hour with the train. Based on your review, we may have to plan a trip down there. My hubby and I were trying to find a good Korean restaurant to try last week but we couldn't find anything that looked interesting in London. Is there anything else to do or see in New Malden so that we could plan a day of it?

        1. re: lecker

          Richmond Park isn't far (by car) or Wimbledon Common but apart from that not a lot. If you like walking you could head to Kingston and walk back down the Thames to Richmond or Chiswick - a decent way to walk off a big lunch.

          1. re: lecker

            I don't think New Malden has much to offer in the way of things to see or do. It looks to me like mainly a residential area. Phil's ideas are good ones or you could get on a train and head to Hampton Court if you haven't been there. I know getting on the train at Rayne's Park takes one straight to Hampton Court with few stops.

            I once ate at Asadal in London. The Korean food there was fairly good, but it's better in New Malden.

            1. re: zuriga1

              Thanks PhilD & Zuriga! Both suggestions sound great. I had to google Hampton Court. Looks interesting and might be a good way to learn more about British history. I assume that New Malden is where the majority of Koreans live? And is it safe to assume that there will be some Korean supermarkets or stores in New Malden?

              1. re: lecker

                There are some small Korean shops in New Malden plus a huge Korean supermarket which is probably within walking distance of the train station. I think New Malden is supposed to have the largest Korean population outside of Seoul.

                You should definitely get to Hampton Court one day. In nice weather you can stroll along the Thames, there, too, plus the history of the palace is very important.

                1. re: zuriga1

                  I didn't realize there were so many Koreans in the UK. I think in the U.S., L.A. or N.Y.C. is where the majority of them reside, but I could be wrong.

                  I have been craving BBQ pork belly and beef ribs so I'm looking forward to getting down to New Malden. I will have to remember to dress accordingly or sit outside.

                  1. re: lecker

                    It isn't that big a community but it is quite concentrated. I seem to remember being told there was a Korean school in the area.

                    1. re: PhilD

                      There is also quite a large Korean (and Japanese) population in Golders Green. There aren't as many Jewish people as there once were and they have been replaced by these others.