Korean dining is top of the list for me when it comes to cuisine choices. In particular, Korean barbecues are a passing fad that I first sampled around five years ago and since then it has led to the discovery of one of my favourite restaurants. You can read more about this food trend in Issue Three of Aesthetic. Here’s a full rundown of what to eat and drink at Sarang, Golders Green…
First things first, despite having changed management within the past year, Sarang remains an independent, family-run business. This rings true from the teeny tiny environment, the super friendly and tight knit waiting team and the carefully prepared food. Tables are pretty limited, and each is set with an indoor barbecue grill.
There’s an a la carte menu with options for separate dishes and for a barbeque, and we usually go for a mix of the two. The highlight of Sarang is easily the BBQ, and I’d highly recommend the bulgogi beef or pork, a perfect winter (or indeed all year round) warmer. Drinks wise, I’ll confess that I’ve never had anything but their hot plum tea. Dreams in a drink, people. Do it.
For the first time barbecuer, start with the tofu salad and seafood pancake, two traditional dishes that are internationally recognised as Korean favourites. I double dare you to find something better than their seafood pancake: flavoursome, soft and crunchy at the same time. Look past the tempting set dishes and meals and go out on a limb with the following barbecue dishes. The bulgogi beef, marinated pork, marinated chicken and sweet chilli pork are all brought out raw – your waitress cooks this in front of you and the smell alone will entice you to return time and time again.
Since changing management hands, the complimentary kimchee and pickles aren’t served with meals anymore which is a little odd. On this particular visit, we hadn’t vouched for this and the meal felt slightly odd without! Finally, don’t leave without sampling the hallmark Korean dish – bibimbap. A rice dish served with a raw egg in a hot stone dish, this is a DIY-dish that you’ll always remember to come back for.
887 Finchley Road, Golders Green, London, NW11 8RR – Tel: 020 8455 1035
Michelle Chai is a self-confessed colour avoider, avid coffee enthusiast, multi-tasker extraordinaire and, by night, a regular fashion blogger at Daisybutter. She edits Aesthetic (both online and print) and really enjoys her ongoing quest for the perfect knit. FYI, this one came close to nabbing the title.