At Preston Hub, we want to highlight and shout about the local venues you can visit in our own city to satisfy your hunger whilst supporting independently-owned businesses.
Preston city centre has seen it’s fair share of variety when it comes to cuisine.
In recent years, we’ve seen a vast rise in burger bars and gastropubs, we have a decent mix of higher-end eateries and one-stop grub places for a few quid. However, a small place at 12 Winkley Street has captured a taste of the far east…specifically Korea!
Kimji brings a new taste to Preston, producing traditional Korean recipes and giving a calm and relaxed atmosphere to enjoy it in.
They adapt the heritage of eastern cuisine utilising an upstairs dining area, minimalist design and of course chopsticks.
Thursday evening, I was seated upstairs and greeted by Leah who sat me with a menu and explained any questions I had about the unique items on the menu.
The menu is not overcrowded and includes different meats and veggie options and has a generous range of beverages. I chose the “Beef Bulgogi”; a hotplate-served beef fillet sliced into thin strips with rice and lettuce.
This was accompanied with vegetable dumplings which tasted were absolutely delicious; lightly fried enough to not overpower the vegetables. The beef steak is very succulent but with a nice twist due to tasting like it’s almost flame-grilled. Do not ask for it rare/well done etc; let the chef do his thing!
I would highly recommend having either a Korean BBQ dish, or a Bibimbap (which is served in a hot stone bowl).
The atmosphere and food complement perfectly for a dining experience that is simple, minimalistic, tasty and affordable.
Kimji provides a lovely experience and brings something different to the Preston dining scene. Staff will help you if you feel unsure on the foods and advise how to eat certain dishes, something I have noticed a good few restaurants miss!
I’d recommend Kimji a try if you fancy mixing it up for lunch or tea and want to get something fresh but still filling or if you just have a taste for an experience that is truly and brilliantly different.