The ongoing vogue for Korean food is not something that seems to be going anywhere, and at Hamgipak on Fulham Road in, well, Fulham, they are certainly in it for the long haul. They dole out steaming bowls of stew, filled with Korean favourites like kimchi, tofu, spicy beef and fresh vegetables. Head to west London – take the District line to Parsons Green – for a serving of South Korean specialities.
For many years, South Korean food was among the most maligned of Asian cuisines, languishing between the sushi and sashimi specialities of Japan and the dim sum delicacies of China. Of late though, the cuisine of the Korean Peninsula has become one of the most sought after around, and at Hamgipak on Fulham Road, you can taste some of the best of it in London. Find your way to Fulham for a feed and you won’t be disappointed.
The draw, of course, is the menu, and on this stretch of Fulham Road, they have offerings for all comers at all times. Our lunchtime recommendation would be the bibimbab – veggies with egg and, to your liking, beef – and later visitors can enjoy a range of fried favourites, Korean BBQ or one of their stews, which are packed with spice. West London is a great place to eat out, Fulham is one of the main dining areas, and Hamgipak is one of the best restaurant in that area: so book a table now.
Really enjoyed the food. Good value for money. Staff is also helpful to us who are relatively first timers in Korean cuisine. Would like to come back.
Really great food, service and atmosphere. Food quality is always great and constant, barbeque was amazing and value for money. Think I'll be coming here more often!
Highly recommended! Food was amazing and staff are very friendly.
Despite the initially austere feeling to the place I was won over. Great food and lovely staff who could not have been more attentive or helpful. Big recommend!
We had a great dinner recently. We're from SF Bay Area. We had BBQ rib eye steak which comes unmarinated. You dip in in special sauce and eat it in a salad wrap. The meat quality was great. We also had the BBQ spicy 3-layer pork which was also very good. The cook trims most of the fat off also. Get the lettuce wrap and the salad combo to go with your BBQ. We orders the kimchi selection. Most were good but the radish kimchee was mushy, too ripe. The pajeon was ok and had some squid in it. We could have skipped it. Overall, a good experience for our last dinner in London. I think this is one of the better Korean restaurants in this area.
The restaurant is nice. It only has a few tables and on the night we went there were only 2 waitresses. Service was super slow. We waited for a while before the waitress finally took our order. Which normally wouldn't be a problem because all the Korean restsurants that we've been to will lay out a ton of Banh Chan (small bowls of pickled vegetables and side dishes) that we can pick at. That was not the case. If you wanted that, you would have to pay extra for it. Not what we were expecting. The food was good, small portions. Also, they didn't come with rice. We had to order that separately. We ended up ordering an extra dish because we were still hungry. If you want an authentic Korean experience try another where you don't have to order everything separately.
I love it here. The staff are so friendly and helpful and the food is delicious. There is nothing on the menu that I wouldn't eat again in a heartbeat. I don't normally like chicken wings but theirs are so good, crisp and sweet that I ate six. Decor is modern and stylish and though I wouldn't usually comment on facilities I am moved to say that they are the best I have seen for a restaurant of this size.
Great food, polite and helpful staff. Top tip - this is a very popular place, so book in advance. We saw a good few walk-ins get turned away because they were booked up. And no wonder why... We had dumplings and mixed kimchi to start, then bulgogi for the main. Fantastic! The Korean beer is a great accompaniment. We will be back soon!
Our many experiences at Hamgipak have all been amazing. The food is absolutely wonderful and the staff are really friendly and welcoming. Always love coming here for an amazing meal!
We booked a late reservation for lunch. They were actually packing up but still acknowledged the reservation and made our food very quickly. The service was charming. This is only the second time we have had authentic Korean food but it was good if a little same-y after a while but that could be our novice ordering.