Wednesday 27 October 2010

Bi Bim Bap

So I tried this place next to Adagio and near Mooli's today. It looked quite appealing when I passed it previously on account of having an interesting name. It was called Bi Bim Bap, in case you couldn't guess from the title.

So what's Bi Bim Bap? Well apparently it's the Korean national dish. Basically a stir fry that arrives in a hot stone bowl that you have to mix up yourself. I was intreagued, and the vast array of photos of happy customers on the wall instilled confidence.

The price was a little high for a lunch, but I thought I might as well try it.

Unfortunately the delivery was not as good.

Service seemed fine to begin with, and I was presented with my food in a large round stone bowl, but it basically looked like they had just thrown the ingredients of a stir fry in and I was supposed to finish cooking it using the supplied sauces (chili and miso I think). So far so good I thought.

Except that it kept cooking for ages. I couldn't put the stuff in my mouth without burning, but time was limited and I couldn't wait for another 20 minutes to let it cool down.

It was rather tasty at first, but it kept cooking and the rice got stickier and sticker as time went by. It took a while to finish and the serving size was good, but when it came to paying I had a problem. I wanted to pay by card but apparently there's a minimum charge of £10 to pay by card, so they added 50p to the price. My Bi Bim Bap and a diet coke cost me £9.05 which is not very good value compared to a burrito or even a Mooli.

What's worse is, upon leaving the restaurant I could feel something not right with my teeth. It seemed the sticky rice was stuck to it. No wait, this didn't feel normal. I've had stuff stuck to my teeth before. OH MY GOD THIS FOOD HAS DISSOLVED A PART OF MY TEETH. Yes that's right. I am not sure whether it was the combination of cold diet coke and hot food, but I have a corroded leading edge along my teeth where I was mostly chewing the food. I tried gum but all that did was confirm the corrosion.



I don't care if this place has hundreds of happy customers. I am not one of them. This is the first time food has given me instant, permanent damage.

Upon further investigation, it's started to wear down now from eating other food, but one tooth is still pretty bad. I think it's actually a chipped tooth that's chipped at an unfortunate angle, but regardless, it still came from Bi Bim Bap :(

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