We sent a Korean food virgin to Stevie Parle’s Dock Kitchen to try some authentic Seoul-inspired cuisine.
Stevie Parle, head chef behind this breathtaking restaurant set on a mirror-like dock in Notting Hill, has created an exclusive menu based around his recent adventures in Seoul, assuring customers that all food served will be at the height of authenticity. With products from awesome suppliers Korea Foods and dishes created in the kitchen this menu shall run from the 3rd till the 22nd priced at £45 a head, with a special price of £24.60 on each Monday night.
Sampling this menu was not for the faint hearted, for it features a rather spikey dish in the form of sea urchin, a sort of cup like seafood containing bright orange innards that guests stir into sticky rice and roll in seaweed. The experience was unique, and not the most pleasurable eating experience I’ve ever had, but well worth a go.
Other dishes served on this eclectic sample menu included a wonderful beef tartare-like dish with sweet pears, grilled steak which was peppery and tender and boiled pork belly served with a nettle like leaf to wrap and an oyster. The pork was undoubtedly a highlight when eaten without the oyster, which I felt added nothing to the dish.
From Korea Foods came an utterly delightful selection of kimchee, which I of course now know is fermented cabbage, aged soy sauce with a beautiful depth and fermented chilli paste, which far from being overly hot was nicely spicy with a hint of sweetness.
Although not all the items that were on the menu were to my taste Dock Kitchen is undoubtedly serving up some of the most authentic Korean food outside of the country itself. And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy I implore you to visit this restaurant for its beautiful location.
For more information visit dockkitchen.co.uk