Monday, 17 March 2014

Po Cha 포장마차 Korean Restaurant - London St Giles Street (Now in Lower Marsh, Waterloo)

Oh dear I had a hangover... I also did some overtime that same weekend... Never drink a bottle soju (mixed with lemonade) by yourself the night before you're supposed to meet a friend or work overtime. It's been a long time since I've had a hangover. I never thought I would be having a hangover after mixing my drinks that night. I thought wrong. Never again will I drink a  full bottle of soju by myself. XD

On this day Miss Pinky, Mr Picky and I were supposed to go and try out a Korean restaurant in Bermondsey called The Old Justice, but unfortunately we had to book a table. Mr Picky held his frustrations really well that night. Well done Mr Picky!! Miss Pinky on the other hand was really hungry as she didn't eat that much that Saturday.

So off we went... Miss Pinky and I went to find Korean food and Mr Picky left us to find it. ^_^ Still hangover, we went into a pub first (St Stephen's Tavern Pub) by Westminster where all the poshy politicians drink during the weekdays. Miss Pinky wanted to go in there but found that the b****y politicians hogged the place too much!! :P (I had a diet coke by the way... no more drinking). My face was telling Miss Pinky to hurry up because I was feeling tired, but she didn't get it... Arrrrgh!!

Finally we got on the bus and made our way to St Giles Street. We chose this place called Po Cha. Korean name is 포장마차 Po-Jang(Chung) Ma-Cha . The name means "stalls", but I think it means "food tent" or "food cart", which you will see around in South Korea. 포장 Po-Jang means "packing" and 마차 Ma-Cha means "carriage". (Here's the Wiki page meaning: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pojangmacha)
Po Cha 포장마차 

Inside Po Cha
Miss Pinky was feeling rather chirpy that evening. Not sure why. ¬,¬"". Anyway we took a seat... it took a while for the waiters to hand over a menu to us as they were so busy! Nevermind, I was enjoying the atmosphere... By the way, all the waiting staff and cooks are male! No female presence that night.

We both ordered our food and also went to the mixed gender loo. ¬,¬""

I ordered the pickled cucumber. I think this is the only thing I could eat that night unfortunately. Getting over a hangover takes a very long time. Miss Pinky has massive experiences unlike me... The pickled cucumber didn't taste that great. Reminded me of the taste in Corean Chilli...
Pickled cucumber
Next came Miss Pinky's dish of spicy squid and mixed veg. I ate a few pieces. This was ok. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I weren't so tired.
Spicy squid and vegetables
Both Miss Pinky and I ordered this spicy pork bibimbap. I must have looked dreadful because I really tried to eat this after mashing it up like any normal Korean would. I just didn't have the appetite unfortuntately. That's a real first from The Geek!! :P But the bibimbap tasted good.

Miss Pinky really enjoyed her bibimbap so much that she took the rest of mine home to eat... *blink blink*. What? Miss Pinky and I swapped roles that night! Wow! LOL!
Spicy pork bibimbap
Miss Pinky said to me days later that why didn't I take her to more Korean places in the past... Miss Pinky! I tried to in the past... you just refused!!
The bill
Total cost came to £38 including drinks and service charge. Not bad! Really good price for two people. 

Didn't say my usual thank you in Korean that night though...

My geeky rating: 4.5/5 

Good points:
- Lots of seating and didn't need to book a table
- Good service
- Affordable food

Bad points:
- Service charge as usual 
- Pickles not that great unfortunately
- Place was so dark inside (why do Koreans like dark restaurants?)

Address: 56 St Giles High St, London WC2H 8LH -----> Moved to 30 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, London SE1 7RG
Telephone: 0207 379 7381

Menu: http://www.menuspring.com/restaurants/po-jang-ma-cha-menu-london-uk-4855


This is the place that Miss Pinky, Mr Picky and I want to go into... I have booked my table now, so watch out for a review of this soon!!
Miss Pinky and Mr Picky entering The Old Justice... I will be there soon!

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