London’s not short of a pub or two but the city has never been home to a pocha, aka a Korean pub, until now. Hongdae Pocha, now open in Soho, is decked out in a retro 70s style and is the perfect entryway into Korean drinking culture – soju features heavily on the drinks list alongside Korean beers and rice and plum wines.
Hongdae Pocha isn’t just about the bevs though, there’s a full food menu of dishes that are designed to go with the booze like crispy kimchi pancake, bo ssam braised pork, jap chae glass noodles, corn with mozzarella cheese, bulgogi beef with mixed veg hotpot, Korean fried chicken, and Korean BBQ beef. They’re also doing lunchtime-only specials such as kimchi jjigae, pork tonkatsu and bibimbap if you fancy a change from your regular sarnies and salads. With Mr Ji and Humble Chicken also recent additions to the ‘hood, Soho is becoming a real hotspot for Asian eating and drinking dens.
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26 Romilly Street, London, W1D 5AJ