On a blazing hot lunchtime, my usual contrariness took me to a Korean restaurant where I strongly desired hot stone bibimbap served with all the available spice. My fellow lunchers would get quite the insight into how much one man can sweat.
The venue of choice was recently opened On Bap on Clerk Street.
The place is a simple and bright cafe space with a few tables for sit-in customers. They offer both a sit-in and takeaway menu which looked to cover most of the expected Korean staples.
I opted for the veg bibimbap which was served with miso soup. I added some kimchi dumplings for good measure.
The dumplings arrived first and were in a slightly unusually cuboidal style. The friendly waitress/owner apologised for a couple of them being slightly overcooked but it was quite hard to tell which ones she meant.
They proved decent if unspectacular with good crunch to the casing but not much pop from the filling.
The main event soon followed in all its sizzling glory. After giving the good miso a try, I got to stirring my array of veggies, rice and egg together with the little bowl of chilli sauce.
Again it was fairly pleasing stuff with the mushrooms notably good. It was a hearty meal possibly better suited to a slightly cooler day.
So overall, On Bap looks to be a good new Korean option in the part of town that has most of our restaurants in this style. It has an informal feel to it so is well suited to lunchtime custom. I look forward to visiting in the winter and apologise to anyone who had to witness the sheet volume of sweat that spilt from my pores during the creation of this review.
Blythe scores On Bap
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: kimchi dumplings, dolsot bibimbap
I drank: water
I wore: very flowery tie
Total bill: £11.80
Address: 57 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JQ