Alas, I can’t take credit for finding this Korean treasure, a friend spotted Gogi whilst driving through Maida Vale one day and simply text me, “Gogi on Edgeware Road”. A quick glance over their website and I was sold. I could see how the restaurant had caught his eye – matte black shop front with huge windows framing a red brick dining room full of intriguing dome shaped extractor fans above each table, emitting red hues into the street.
We went on a Monday evening and took advantage of the 2-for-1 appetisers, ordering Gogi dumplings and oyster tempura. Both were immaculately presented, crispy (non-greasy) yet juicy and so moreish, we were very close to getting more! For mains, we went for the BBQ Gogi Special Platter, which included beef ribeye, soy chicken and beef bulgogi (thin slices of marinated beef) with the recommended pamoochim (spring onion salad) and ssangchu (fresh lettuce leaves) sides…and our wild card choice of chicken fried udon.
The waitress cooked the fresh meats on a grill built into our table with some fresh courgette slices and shitake mushrooms and it was lovely to smell and see it sizzling right in front of us. We wrapped small pieces of meat in a lettuce leaf filled with some spring onion salad and a dollop of bean sauce and it was truly delicious! The slightly vinegary seasoned salad complimented both the beef and chicken.
Though the udon was tasty, it was far from spectacular and if I had the chance, I would have traded it in for more BBQ meat! We finished with two desserts, a chocolate fondant served with ice cream and frozen yoghurt served with cherry coulis and berries. Unfortunately, this was where the service faltered for the first time, serving one incorrect dessert and a fondant that was cooked through! They swiftly corrected the situation, however, I would probably recommend you go to Gogi solely for the savoury dishes! I’ll definitely be back for some kimchi, the spicy BBQ platter and maybe a hot pot.
Area: Maida Vale
Rating: 4.2 / 5.0