Walking into Korean Dinner Party (known to its fans simply as KDP) feels like stepping into a portal to LA’s Koreatown, where the essence of East meets West in a harmonious blend. Ana Gonçalves and Zijun Meng, the duo from TĀTĀ Eatery and TÓU, are the masterminds behind this eclectic establishment. They have once again proven their prowess in London’s culinary scene, blending flavours from Korea, the US, Mexico, and Japan into a thrilling fusion.

Our culinary adventure began with a trio of starters that arrived simultaneously, setting the tone for the evening. The KDP Corn Dog—a playful take on a classic, half hotdog and half mozzarella, drizzled with ketchup and mustard—was an indulgent delight. The contrast of gooey cheese and succulent sausage wrapped in a crispy batter was both nostalgic and novel.

The Kimchi Pancake, reminiscent of a Spanish tortilla, is a perfect balance of onion, kimchi, and egg, accented by a subtle kick from the mustard mayo. It was pleasantly surprising, especially for those wary of overly spicy dishes.

However, the star of the Small Eats section was undoubtedly the Bacon Mochi. These caramelised bacon-wrapped rice cakes, adorned with gochujang caramel and spring onions, were an umami explosion. The sweet, sticky glaze combined with the smoky bacon was nothing short of genius, whetting our appetites for the main event.

The drinks menu, focusing on low and no-alcohol options, complemented the meal perfectly. The Berry Fizz, a refreshing blend of strawberry and fizzy lemonade garnished with blueberries, was a delightful palate cleanser. The SAKÉBANA YUZU X MOMO Spritz, a sake spritz with yuzu juice and momo extract, was a sophisticated choice, offering a light, fruity finish that perfectly balanced the meal’s rich flavours.

The Korean Tacos continued the flavourful adventure, served on a metal tray with about six to eight flour tortillas, inviting us to create our own at the table. The beef version, with its slow-cooked 8-hour beef short rib, was melt-in-the-mouth tender, enhanced by the sous vide method.

Meanwhile, the vegan KFC (Korean Fried Cauliflower) taco offered a delightful twist on a classic, proving that vegetables can indeed shine as brightly as meat. Each taco was accompanied by ssamjang, chilli relish, and a spicy Asian slaw, with the KFC tacos also featuring a delectable cheese ranch sauce. Both variations were a testament to KDP’s commitment to flavour and innovation.

KDP is not just about food; it’s an experience. The metropolitan Korean-inspired interior, combined with carefully curated artwork and a soundtrack of Korean hip-hop, creates an atmosphere that is both vibrant and intimate. The Taco Tuesday offer, at £20 per person for a sharing platter, is a steal, making it the perfect weekday indulgence.

In a city brimming with culinary options, KDP stands out not just for its food, but for its ability to transport diners to another world. It’s a place where traditional flavours meet modern techniques, and where every bite tells a story. For those seeking a unique dining adventure, KDP is a must-visit.

Korean Dinner Party
Top Floor, Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW
020 4580 1197