After 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.
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, Birmingham B5 4TD, England
Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own