Korean Cuisine | Topokki, Birmingham

Korean Cuisine | Topokki, Birmingham

Time for a quick tale in Birmingham city again, where this restaurant was another random find on one of our discovery walks.

One of the main reasons why we decided to take a gamble on this place one lonesome weekday evening, was that the tables were filled with people with a bustling energy emanating from the glass windows. The decor and atmosphere was modern, chic and well lit – making the entire place seem more inviting compared to the other eateries.

As we sat down we were greeted warmly by a lady who handed our simple menus, that displayed an array of meat dishes, but did include some vegetarian ones.

I decided to choose a staple dish from Korea, the bibimbap. It is one of the classics that I have tried before in Manchester, and wanted to see if the restaurant lived up to its popularity.

We didn’t actually order any starters, but instead I chose one of my favourite dishes from my earlier experience, kimchi, this gorgeous pancake style potato with herbs (don’t quote me on that, I am actually unsure what is in it – I just know it tastes good!).We treated this sharer dish as one of our sides to tear into during our main course.

A humorous detour to the story was that a chicken bibimbap arrived instead of a vegetarian one. They did swap it out and cook a new one, but apart from their meekish apology, they didn’t offer any discounts or free drinks/desserts. I usually wouldn’t expect this, but the manner of their service and lack of waiters they had on the evening was a bit of a pitfall to me!

Anyhow, when the food came it was piping hot and I had asked earlier for the hot sauce to be separate to the main dish, incase it was too hot to handle (ooo la la). The dish itself was quite dry and I did indeed use the hot sauce, but I felt it was too difficult to taste any of the original flavours such as the egg and vegetables, which made me question if I would visit there again.

My partner had ordered fried noodles and stated the previous place in the city called ‘Min Min’ (click here for link) tasted better.

I don’t know whether it was the fact bibimbaps are quite plain and don’t have stand out features, but I was more intrigued by how the place and food looked compared to how everything actually tasted and felt.

My little score tips are below:

(For not doing more for the customer when you gave a vegetarian person meat and didn’t notice)

– Jeanie


Evening Catch Up | Min Min Noodle Bar, Birmingham

Evening Catch Up | Min Min Noodle Bar, Birmingham

This was one of the first planned evening’s out with my close friend that I met earlier this year, so to say the least it was an important night to me. Our plans had changed that day, including the location of the restaurant, so quickly thinking on my feet so we chose to go to Min Min, a Vietnamese/Japanese galore about 5 minutes away from town.

Min Min is one of my go to guilty pleasures as they never fail me. I wouldn’t class the place as a restaurant because the atmosphere always feels more casual, so I tend to view it as a stop off evening meal after a long day of shopping or exploring the city. Nevertheless, their food is always impeccable and consistent.

img_0137img_0138Needless to say, the quality of their food was the same and their service was on point. Their main menu is tailored towards meat eaters and we usually ask for their exclusive veggie menu for better choices. I’ve always thought Asian food was simple enough to cut out the meat and replace with vegetables, or tofu, and boy does their vegetarian  dishes shine against normal ones.

I ordered my usual, vegetable tempura as my starter and thai style hot and sour ho fun noodle soup (flat rice noodles) with veggie fish pieces. They came in a timely manner and their food came hot, which is always appreciated as all foodies out there know! The tempura was in a light batter and filled me up just enough before the main course came.

And wow, when it came was it warm and cuddly. It came in a big bowl that I swear could fit my head in (you know the type, the one where you put vapour rub in to steam away your cold). It took me a while to eat through it all, with all the little additions like bamboo shoots, bak choi (chinese lettuce) and sweetcorn making this super fun to eat.

img_0140img_0143The background chatter made the evening quaint and cosy, which finished off the evening nicely. The staff never rush you away, so you feel welcome to stay all night catching up and giggling at old stories with your friends.

If you ever want to explore something new and that is relatively cheaper than big chain restaurants, nip into Min Min as it is a food haven that is honest, treats you right and feeds you well. Always a winner in my book.


TOP TIP: It can be a bit chilly in the restaurant, so wrap up warm if you plan on staying for a long extended chat with your besties ❤

– Jeanie