Eating Out West Midlands

Review: Topokki, Birmingham

8th January 2014

img_4870After my friend C and I decided we wanted to try something completely different in Brum, I put a shout out on twitter for some recommendations for some Chinese/Japanese eateries on a Monday night. The top three that came back at me were Min Min Noodle Bar, which has been on my radar for a while as well as Topokki, a Korean Restaurant and Chung Ying – on of the biggest Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. After a walk around Chinatown and the Arcadian having a quick look at each we decided on Topokki.

The setting is more like a cafe than a restaurant and the seating is basic but comfortable. You can see right into the kitchen at the back which is nice. The atmosphere was friendly and lively – a real gathering place for meetings with friends it would seem. Helpfully the menus have some English translation, otherwise I really would have been stabbing in the dark at what I was eating!

I’ve not eaten Korean food ever before, so wasn’t really sure what to expect. I did read a few reviews on the internet that rave about its authenticity so this was reassuring. We ordered several dishes between us including Korean Dumplings, King Prawn Salad, Salt and Pepper Chicken, and Korean Sticky Sweet Chicken and some rice. It wasn’t really clear from the menu which were starters and which were mains, and in the end everything arrived as it was cooked, which was fine. It was all piping hot and very very tasty.


Sticky Rice


Salt and Pepper Chicken




King Prawn Salad


Sticky Chicken

The sticky chicken and the dumplings were standouts for me. The dumplings soft and filled with lively fresh ingredients and the sweet sticky sauce on the chicken was divine – I could have order a whole pot and just eaten it with the rice!

This was a great little place for a quick after work dinner with a friend and I would definitely return for a larger meal to try out some of the other interesting things on the menu!

Topokki, Hurst Street, Unit 1C,ย Birminghamย B5 4TD,ย England

Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own

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  • Reply catalinadelbosque 8th January 2014 at 18:32

    We went here with some friends a few months ago after starting to look for something completely different. I can’t remember what I had but the lasting impression was the service. It’s table service – when you enter they seat you – and ok it’s nice to be left alone, but you can be waving your arms in the air and the waiters and waitresses still walk straight past without even looking at your table, even when just standing around and we were waving they glazed over us. We spent about ten minutes trying to ask for the bill, then another ten trying to pay! We weren’t the only table that happened to when we were in there. All in all though I liked the food and I would go back.

    • Reply the foodie couple 8th January 2014 at 18:38

      I agree we had a bit of a wait to get bill and pay, but up to that point our service was good. Wen the food is good you don’t mind as much I guess ! X

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