Review: Kimchi Cult
Kimchi Cult in Glasgow's West End have been one of my favourite places to eat for a long time – they do seriously delicious Korean street food. They started out as a pop up, then moved to Glasgow a few years back and into their home on Chancellor Street in the West End.
I've eaten at Kimchi Cult numerous times and have always loved the freshness and powerful punch of the flavour of the food. Their menu is adventurous and unlike anything else in Glasgow, so we popped in on Saturday for another visit. Added bonus: they're dog friendly provided your dog is small and well-behaved.
What's it like inside?
Kimchi Cult is casual dining. Pop in, grab a table and order at the counter. You might find yourself sharing a table with strangers and it's not really the kind of place to loiter too long once you've eaten (there'll be someone waiting for your seat!).
It's very relaxed and friendly, and you can see into the kitchen. It's small inside – I think about 20 seats, but they do takeaway with Kelvingrove Park and Mansfield Park just around the corner – so you could dine al fresco (weather dependant, obviously)!
What's on the menu?
Burgers, bao (steamed buns), bibimbap (rice bowls), Korean fried chicken, fries and sides. It's a decent menu for a small place and they've made a lot of effort to accommodate dietary requirements like vegan, veggie and gluten free.
Now I am OBSESSED with their Korean Fried Chicken. I reckon I've recommended it to more than 30 people since I first tried it so I had my heart set on ordering that... until I spied the special burger of the day. Gochujang hot sauce glazed fried chicken burger with blue cheese sauce – yes please! It was delicious – fresh lettuce cut through the richness of the glaze and the bun was pillowy soft. The only thing I'd liked more of is the blue cheese sauce but then, I love blue cheese sauce so that's more my problem than theirs. I wish this burger was on the menu all the time (hint, hint).
Graeme went for the soy garlic glaze fried chicken plus we got a portion of the Bulgogi fries to share (which is really another main-sized dish, woops). I love the Bulgogi fries and they are really filling as a dish on their own – the beef is deliciously tender and it has a spicy kick to it.
Where can I find them?
Kimchi Cult are located at 14 Chancellor St, Glasgow G11 5RQ which is just off Byres Road. At the time of writing, they're open Tuesday-Saturday* and also do delivery via Deliveroo. (Heaven help me if they ever end up delivering to my house as I'll go bankrupt).
*UPDATE! Kimchi Cult are now open on a Sunday as of 23 July 2017.
Want to know more about Kimchi Cult?
They say: "Just like traditional Korean cooking, you’ll find fermented veg, pickles and marinated meat balanced by five colours and five tastes – but with a unique Cult twist." Read more about them over on their website.