At first glance you would probably overlook Soul Bakery. Tucked away in the shadow of Centre Point behind Tottenham Court Road Station, this downtrodden gem has a hairdresser in the basement, it hardly looks like an eatery. Once inside, however, the bakery’s cosy vibe and simple menu will quickly convert even skeptics into fans.
The Bakery is student favourite, and you will often find them pouring over books with a cup of aloe honey tea. The walls are adorned with cutesy scribblings and doodles on post-it notes left by restaurant-goers, and K-pop is piped through the cosy restaurant from the kitchen. It’s a tight squeeze, with only two main tables, and you should be prepared to be seated with others.
So what makes the Bakery such a hidden gem? In one word: bibimbab. I usually opt for the vegetarian option, but other options include beef, tuna, chicken and tuna kimchi and range in price from £3.50 to £5. If you are particularly hungry add £1.50 to the price and get the “bibimbab set” which includes a cup of miso soup and kimchi or barley tea. The veggie kimbap (Korean sushi) is another personal favourite, and is only £2.50. You really can’t argue with that!
Seoul Bakery is located at 55 St Giles High Street, WC2H 8LH.