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“Better call Seoul”…Bakery. Before it’s too late!

I can’t imagine London without Denmark Street and its incredible vibe… Guitars and drums shops, people like Noel Gallagher, Ronnie Wood and Patrick Stewart (Spock!) hanging around there, the iconic 12 Bar Club, the Alleycat (Regent Sound Studios back in the 60s, where the Rolling Stones recorded their first album), and all the tiny Korean restaurants round the corner.

Unfortunately due to the Cross Rail development starting from January 2015 the all area will be transformed and will definitely lose its greatness. There’s an online petition going on at the moment – I don’t know if it will really help to avoid the inevitable but hopefully it will postpone it a little bit. If you have a second please sign it here.

Last Saturday after band practice at Enterprise Studios (located in a little alley behind the 12 Bar) I had a late lunch at Seoul Bakery with my girlfriend Lucy.

Seoul bakery outside

SB is a really small Korean restaurant run by smiley and friendly people, where the ingredients are fresh and the food is made with love.

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Seoul bakery staff
Friendly staff @ Seoul Bakery

I ordered a delicious Spicy chicken soup with Udon Noodles, that came with a portion of Kimchi as a side dish, and Lucy got a Bulgogi Bibimbap.

Spicy Udon soup
Spicy Chicken + Udon soup

If you’re not familiar with Korean food:

  • Kimchi is a traditional spicy and sour Korean side dish made of cabbage with a variety of seasonings;
  • Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with vegetables, seasonings, a fried egg and sliced beef. It is also a funny word that I use a lot when I’m drunk… Don’t ask me why as sometimes I’ve got no idea of what’s happening inside my head;
  • Bulgogi = grilled marinated beef cooked using Korean traditional grilling techniques;

 

Kimchi
Kimchi
Bibimbap
Delicious Bulgogi Bibimbap @ Seoul Bakery

The only bad thing about this pretty place is that soon it will be gone, as the whole building will become a charming Bus Stop (A big Thank You to the Crossrail pricks for making this happening so quickly). I don’t know if they will reopen in another location but even if they do it surely won’t be the same unfortunately.

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The only grumpy face @ Seoul bakery
Seoul bakery 3
Nicely decorated walls

If you’re still new to this type of cuisine I reckon a cheap lunch (YES! SB not just is good, it’s also cheap as chips) at Seoul Bakery this weekend could be a great introduction to this new world of magnificent aromas.


 

Gigs&Tips: I’ll never get bored of telling everyone how fun a night at the 12 Bar Club can be! They have live music 7 days a week, door charge is always under £10, good beers, a pool table, a cool outside area at the back. So hurry up and go get a taste of the Denmark Street madness before it will turn into a Prada store or a Pret a Manger.

Last but not least: These guys are on tonight at the Brixton Academy. It’s sold out but some last minute tickets may be available outside the venue..

Have a great weekend Bibs&Gigs lovers.

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What’s that “Gigs section” all about?

Jack&Bibs&Gigs

Just to clarify: Bibs = food. Mainly around London, as it’s the beautiful city where I am living at the moment. And Gigs, mainly because I love Live Music as much as I love my Nonna’s Lasagna, beers, colourful sunsets, big Loblollies and the Stay Puft dude from Ghostbusters!

What you won’t find in the Gigs section is:

  • Negative reviews. And the same rule applies to the bibs one: If I don’t like it, I am not going to talk about it.
  • A Justin Bieber’s gig review.
  • Professional pictures – For 3 simple reasons: 1 – I am not a professional photographer; 2 – I rather use my hands to hold beers (even if a fiver for a pint served in a plastic glass is an absolute robbery); 3 – Taking thousands of pictures (which is the new hipster thing), as it is probably the rudest behaviour you can find during a concert. Even worse than nudity!
  • Professional reviews: Because they are so fucking boring!
  • The entire set list, unless I’m lucky enough to grab one directly from the band, or get invited (really unlikely) to an after show interview.

What you’ll be amazed to find is:

  • Fun stories: Not a lot of things in life are better than a night out to a gig with your mates! What you’ll get is not just my feelings about the event but also what I am able to read in other people faces, especially if they’re either drunk or high.
  • Shitty pictures and shittier videos.
  • Some rude language and several synonyms of the word Boobs (like Loblollies for example).
  • Some tips about the venues’ surrounding area in terms of food and drinks: Basically, if there are nice restaurants and cool pubs down the corner from the gig’s venue I’ll let you know about it. And I’ll also try to link some of the gigs reviews with the appropriate bibs ones.

Now, it’s Friday, and the sun is shining over London…. Let’s create the right atmosphere for the upcoming weekend….