LEICESTER SQUARE | WC2
The Wellbeing Kitchen on Shaftesbury Avenue serves great Korean food, in gigantic portions, at cut-throat prices.
It's a simple set-up with just a couple of tables, but the menu boasts classics such as kimchi stew with rice (£5.90), japchae (sweet potato starch noodles stir-fried with vegetables - £5.50) and tteokbokki (rice cakes and fish cakes with gochujang - £5.90).
It also includes a cracking rendition of a Japanese katsu curry. The cutlet was fried to order, and arrived with a perfectly crispy and golden crust, and juicy meat inside. Unlike lesser attempts easily found elsewhere, this katsu's cutlet kept its crunch well into the meal, flying in the face of its sweet curry bath.
It's available as a small for £4.50 or a large for £5.90. But note: Wellbeing Kitchen are not kidding when they say large. Only order if you can devour one and a half thick chicken cutlets, a heavy mountain of steamed white rice, and a free miso soup. A small would be plenty for most. But for the really ambitious eaters, there are also many sides to choose from their fridge, such as seafood pancakes (£4.90) or kimchi and pork dumplings (£3.90). Min. £5 card spend.
Words and photography | Steph Chan
232 Shaftsbury Avenue WC2H 8EG
Mon - Sat | 8am - 9.30pm
Website | wellbeingkitchen.co.uk
Tel | +44 (0)20 7240 6205
Last updated | 26th Aug 2016