Miss Korea – Korean BBQ – Nottingham

As the saying goes, you wait for one Korean BBQ and two come along at once.

Only a few weeks after the opening of Pan Asia BBQ Miss Korea opened its doors in the chapel quarter on the corner of Angel Row and Mount Street. Apart from one piece of (bad) press the opening has been low key. In addition no notable signage or a visible menu are a surprising marketing strategy. The decor is a clean simple look, plenty of faux wood flanking a corridor layout. The best feature were some bloody comfortable chairs. Yes I’m getting old.

Miss Korea

Miss Korea

The menu is shorter than Pan Asia, frustratingly few dishes are listed on each page, frantic flicking back and forth ensued. The main shtick of these new ventures is a grill in each table where guests cook their own meat. Options are vary from sea, land, and a few things to keep vegetarians happy, each with different marinades. The notion of cooking your own food seems somewhat of a novelty to me, although I suppose you can’t complain about how you like your beef if you’re the one that grilled it.

Despite some scepticism it would be rude not to put the new toys through their paces. We selected marinated short ribs to share, 7/8 strips of meat arriving shortly after. Other than turning the grill on you get no instruction on heat level or length of cooking. This seems a dangerous precedent when there are ingredients as diverse as scallops, pork belly and ox tongue on the menu. Fortunately I know my way around a cow (behave) and was happy with it sizzling away before me. The output of this endeavour? A decently cooked piece of beef rib with a teriyaki-style marinade. Had I had ordered this as a main dish for myself I would be both underwhelmed and hungry but it was tasty nonetheless.

Marinated beef rib on the grill

Marinated beef rib on the grill

We also had two dishes from the wider menu, spicy kimchi & pork for myself and for my friend a kimchi tofu pork broth. I was surprised when my dish wasn’t served with any rice and was glad for sharing my friends,. Flavours were good, pork well cooked but lacking that spicy zip to take it to the next level. Similar reflections were heard across the table, including some moaning at the lack of pork, which was scarce at best.

Spicy Kimchi & Pork

Spicy Kimchi & Pork

Pricing was fairly consistent with most dishes coming in between 8 and 11 pounds for both the BBQ meats and other dishes. It represented ok value but didn’t meet the generosity of Pan Asia. Their broth, for example, contains not only plentiful meat but added riches of fried egg, mushroom and broccoli. On balance I would return to Pan Asia for breadth of menu and value for money. At the moment though if  anyone is craving to go out only to  end up cooking yourself then Miss Korea is the only place for you.

Overall: 7/10

Food: 7.5/10

Value: 6/10

Service: 7/10

Restaurant website: n/a