Adding to the expansion of Korean options across the city mentioned in the review of Kim’s Bulgogi, we now have O’Kitchen on Marchmont Road. It took over the premises previously occupied by Garden Y a couple of months ago.
The fabric of the place remains largely unaltered but the menu is now firmly focussed on Korean classics with some eye-catching chef specials.
It appears to be being run by one chap managing both front and back of house – at least today. He’s cooking to order so you have to ring a bell to get his attention meaning that service feels a bit distant. Things tick along at a pretty fair tempo, though.
The specials board made mention of a kimchi pizza which I couldn’t resist trying. I was planning to start with some dumplings but they were out for the day.
After an appropriate wait, my item was with me looking gloriously messy. It came with a little side dish of kimchi which was typically piquant.
The pizza base was a potato rosti which was then topped with marinated pork, pineapple, kimchi and cheese. It was a Hawaiian/Korean/Italian fusion feast. It didn’t have enough structural integrity to be eaten with fingers so I attacked it with chopsticks.
It proved a really nicely judged balance with punchy heat, light pickle and sweetness coming together for pleasing mouthfuls. I enjoyed it for its slightly bonkers fusion of a flavours that came together surprisingly well.
So overall, I enjoyed my first visit to O’Kitchen. I need to come back to give their more conventional menu items a go. I’m optimistic that they’ll be good based on what I saw arriving for other patrons. If Korean (or slightly nutty fusion dishes) is your thing, give it a go.
Blythe scores O’Kitchen
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: kimchi pizza (kimchi, potato, pork, pineapple)
I drank: water
I wore: stripes
Total bill: £7.95
Address: 27a Marchmont Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1HY