K-Town – Gizzi Erskine’s Korean Pop-Up

On Friday night, Alex and I headed into Shoreditch for yet more food. We were lucky enough to bag a ticket to food writer, chef and TV presenter Gizzi Erskine’s pop-up event at Concrete. Concrete is located in the basement below Pizza East, which I am still yet to get to, but you can’t eat it all… Can you?!

K-Town was a three day event, serving up a selection of delicious Korean inspired food and a variety of talented and insanely oddball acts with guest DJs. On arrival, we were greeted with a choice of two cocktails – I can’t for the life of me remember what they were, but one was very cucumbery (not officially a word I know!) and the other involved pears… Both were delicious. It turned out there was a seating plan for the night and we were shown to our seats on a long communal wooden table. Not a problem for us as a twosome, but the people that were sitting next to us had been separated from their friends – Cue a bit of shuffling and everyone was happy.

Now, I’ve never been to Korea or even eaten in a Korean restaurant, but the setting at Concrete was pretty much what I believed it might be like. Gizzi was aiming for a ‘dirty 1980s backstreet Korean joint’ – Very loud (occasionally too loud) Korean Pop and 50s Rock n’ Roll came blaring from the speakers, and the atmosphere was buzzing… More so, after my third cocktail had been downed!

The menu for the night consisted of five courses, commencing with my favourite, which was the most delicious Spicy Crispy Tuna Rice and Korean ‘Hot Splash’ Sashimi. We then moved on to fried chicken wings, followed by Yum Bun pork buns. I could have stopped there, but we still had the Lamb shoulder to get though, as well as the ice cream. Everything went down a treat except for the green tea ice cream, which simply wasn’t to my taste. The sesame flavour took a bit of getting used to, but I got there in the end.

During dinner we were graced by the presence of the slightly surreal Marianne Cheesecake and the magnificent Chinese Elvis (you really must read this guy’s website)! When we had finished eating it was time for the band to work their magic. Unfortunately, due to London’s ridiculously early tube closures, we had to dash before it was all over.

We didn’t leave the event empty handed however, as we had cheekily asked for the lamb shoulder to be added to a doggie bag. What we had actually wanted was was the bone to give to our dog, but they came back with a ton of meat. No complaints here, that’s for sure!

Overall, K-Town was a fantastic night. The service was very attentive and the ticket price of £35 was good value. I’d definitely be keen to go out to more places that have entertainment alongside the food and the wackier, the better!

Good job all round, I’d say.

The hostess with the most-est – Gizzi, with Myleene Klass

Pic taken from Gizzi’s twitter page because we are useless at celeb papping!


1 Response

  1. EmmaK October 18, 2012 / 6:40 pm

    Sounds like a top night! I love Kimchi (rotten cabbage never tasted so good)! pop over for a cocktail any time http://www.cocktailsatnaptime.blogspot.com/2012/09/grab-cocktail-on-your-kindle.html

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