Su La - Korean BBQ - New Malden [London]
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.
- 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.)
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.