Feeling hungry for BBQ food? Head to K-Town BBQ in New Malden and you’ll walk out with a belly full of Korean BBQ meats and side dishes. Straightforward to get to, tasty food with friendly service and clean, what more could you ask for?
Date Visited: 30 July 2022.
Location: 8-12 Coombe Rd, New Malden KT3 4QE.
Getting There: Directly opposite New Malden train station, with regular trains to and from Waterloo, Wimbledon and Clapham Junction.
Cost: At time of visit, it was £29 for anyone over 16 years. Kids between 3 and 9 years is based on their age, with those 10 to 15 years 1.5 times their age. Drinks are on top plus you can buy extras like bowls of lettuce to use as wraps for the BBQ meat.
Walk in hungry, roll out full
Before going any further, if you’ve eaten Korean BBQ in Korea, the US or Australia, it’s not quite as good. However, for London standards and the price, it’s pretty good! For those in the know, New Malden is considered to be London’s “K-Town”, with a large Korean community and lots of Korean grocery stores and shops. That means the Korean food should be decent!
We had been here once before and enjoyed it, so returned again. It opens at 5pm, usually with a queue so you need to get there early to ensure you get a seating during the first session. If it’s full, then try to time it for the 1 to 1.5 hours for each session that follows. There’s a QR code you scan at reception that tracks the queue so you don’t have to wait in line. There’s a pub close by to wait if needed.
Once in, it’s free for all. There’s the BBQ meats you whack on the grill, sauces to go with it. While that’s cooking, help yourself to sushi, soups and hot food such as rice, jap-chae, fried chicken wings, Korean pancake, gyozas and more! For the meats, there’s pre-marinated chicken, pork, beef, prawns and squid. Our preference is the beef ribs which we can easily demolish numerous rounds of. Cara in particular enjoys the tempura sweet potato and fried tofu.
For dessert, there’s a few fruit options and a selection of ice cream. If you opt for drinks, there’s an unlimited soft-drinks option, or Korean beer and soju. Water’s available for free.
Don’t be too greedy!
Be careful not to waste food and have too many leftovers, otherwise you’ll be charged extra. Service is good and attentive, eagerly clearing away empty plates as quickly as possible. They also change the hot plates often so they don’t get too burnt and smoke out the restaurant.
Burn Time: 4 out of 5 – Max time limit is 1.5 hours per sitting, which is more than enough time to fill your boots.
Value: 5 out of 5 – Decent food, all you can eat for £29, where else can you get that?
Overall: 5 out of 5 – Great place to visit, especially if you’re hungry and craving for some Korean food or BBQ meats.
Are there any better places than K-Town BBQ out there in London (or beyond)? Let us know so we can give it a go.
Photos credit: Thomas Lam