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.
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.
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36 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E