On the Bab (Covent Garden): where Angels enjoyed their wings

We have a team of Angels at work; senior and junior execs who are absolutely heaven-sent for helping the rest of us get by. In the world of legal PR consultancy, I think we’ve got some of the best in the batch and I am proud to be able to call them my colleagues.
Few weeks ago, I took the kids out to lunch partly to discuss transitions at work and partly to thank them for all their efforts. Chosen ground for play was On the Bab on Wellington Street. Efficiently, one of the angels managed to book a table for us so we didn’t have to queue at all.

It’s not such a great space for work meetings but as we were all gung-ho worker bees, we carried onto our business lunch with the aim of powering through our notes and our plates.

The bibimbap (£7.5) came as a popular choice although they came in metal bowls instead of the usual hot stone bowls. Nods of approval came about from those who had this. Each bowl was filled with fresh and crunchy vegetables and protein of choice. The gojuchang was mild for those who don’t like spicy stuff but it did have a nice enough kick.

I ordered spicy pork on the buns which was such a good deal for £7. 

You get two massive hirata buns (like the ones in Bao, except these are marginally bigger) with your choice of filling (beef bulgogi, fried chicken, spicy pork). The buns are definitely pillowy and darn delicious.

The filling was definitely generous but I would’ve wanted it spicier. Even the chilli oil/sauce served on the table was a bit mild for my palate. Nonetheless, this was a rather good option for lunch.

On Emma‘s recommendation, I ordered the a medium portion of the Yangyum chicken (£11.90 for 12 pieces) in sweet spicy sauce and garlic mayo. This was shared across the table and everyone loved it. The batter was definitely crispy despite being doused in sticky sauce and the chicken was still moist and juicy inside.

Ok, admittedly I was rather full by the time my beef bulgogi roll (£7.5) came around (thank heavens the angels were around to help me finish the damn thing). It was, however, really a fun dish to eat. Otherwise known as a “Korean burrito” the nori-wrapped rolls were packed with veg, meat and rice and is a much lighter version of its Mexican counterpart.

Overall, OTB is a great alternative fast food joint. I really liked the food, particularly because each dish felt like a play on texture. Service is quick and easygoing and the staff are very knowledgeable about the dishes so their recommendations come in handy. As mentioned, it’s not ideal for working lunches but it’s definitely a decent place to eat with friends. Or angels.

On the Bab
36 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E

Ave spend pp: £25

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10 Comments

  1. 9th September 2015 / 1:03 pm

    LOVE! So jealous of all the food you personally had as they were 'not allowed' for me – need to go back and try again! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea's Passions

    • 9th September 2015 / 1:08 pm

      Awww, why were they 'not allowed'? Let's go back together? x

  2. 10th September 2015 / 9:00 am

    I've heard loads of great things about this place. If it's Honey approved it must be good 🙂
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

    • 10th September 2015 / 11:55 am

      It's quick and easy good food! I know a lot of food bloggers who enjoy it thoroughly too! x

  3. 14th September 2015 / 7:47 am

    I have heard so many good things about On The Bap, I just need to find some time to go and try it. I love bibimbaps, but the buns sound like a nice change.

    Aftab | Fresh And Fearless

    • 15th September 2015 / 8:42 am

      Yes Aftab! You should seriously try – it's a great light option for lunch and even if you've had a lot of it, you still feel healthy after! x

  4. 16th September 2015 / 11:44 pm

    Oh my, all the dishes look so good (particularly the Yangyum chicken, phwoar!) Your Angels are blessed indeed if this is the way you show your gratitude 🙂 xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

    • 17th September 2015 / 8:40 am

      I could eat a full load of that Yangyum chicken! Thanks, T. I'm more grateful to them than ever =)