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In a nutshell: Korean meets European fine dining
Summing it all up: A Korean husband and wife chef team who met whilst training in London are opening their first restaurant in London Bridge
Down in London Bridge, new Korean restaurant Sollip had barely opened its doors before lockdown came. Which, when you consider the calibre of the folk behind it, is an absolute shame.
Husband and wife team Woongchul Park and Bomee Ki have an incredibly impressive CV. The pair - who met while training at Le Cordon Bleu in London - have worked all over the city. Ms. Ki, was the former pastry chef at The Arts Club while her husband Woongchul worked at both The Ledbury and Koffmann's. After a spell back working in Korea, they returned to London this year to open Sollip in late March.
The idea was to serve up a menu marrying European and Korean influence. "The core elements of our menu are European," says Park. "But we add a Korean touch that makes the dish deeply personal, and quite different to anything that London currently offers.” And that's still the plan for when restaurants can reopen.
Dishes could include:
- Steak tartare with Gochujang
- Red Mullet with Leek Jangajji
- Ice cream made with Perilla leaves
The wine list, incidentally, will be by Keeling Andrew & Co (the fine wine distributor launched by the co-founders of Noble Rot) so that sounds promising too.
For anyone who's been obsessing (as we have) about beautiful tableware during the lockdown, they'll be sourcing handmade ceramics direct from Korean artisans with every dish presented on a specific, hand-made piece.
So, why are we telling you all this when you can't actually visit the restaurant? Well, in the meantime the pair have launched a Korean grocery in the space. Sollip Grocery they say "is not just for us, but for everyone who has supported us and to create an environment where everyone interested can have a taster of our restaurant and ethos."
To that end they'll be selling two of their key products - kimchi made to an old family recipe and Jangajji - Korean pickled vegetables, for which they're using local, seasonal vegetables and preserving them in traditional Korean stone pots. They both sound well worth a trip down to Bermondsey to stock up.
More about Sollip
Where is it? 8 Melior St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3QP
When does it open? Grocery opening times are Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 4pm
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