It’s not such a great space for work meetings but as we were all gung-ho worker bees, we carried onto our business lunch with the aim of powering through our notes and our plates.
The bibimbap (£7.5) came as a popular choice although they came in metal bowls instead of the usual hot stone bowls. Nods of approval came about from those who had this. Each bowl was filled with fresh and crunchy vegetables and protein of choice. The gojuchang was mild for those who don’t like spicy stuff but it did have a nice enough kick.
You get two massive hirata buns (like the ones in Bao, except these are marginally bigger) with your choice of filling (beef bulgogi, fried chicken, spicy pork). The buns are definitely pillowy and darn delicious.
The filling was definitely generous but I would’ve wanted it spicier. Even the chilli oil/sauce served on the table was a bit mild for my palate. Nonetheless, this was a rather good option for lunch.
On Emma‘s recommendation, I ordered the a medium portion of the Yangyum chicken (£11.90 for 12 pieces) in sweet spicy sauce and garlic mayo. This was shared across the table and everyone loved it. The batter was definitely crispy despite being doused in sticky sauce and the chicken was still moist and juicy inside.
Ok, admittedly I was rather full by the time my beef bulgogi roll (£7.5) came around (thank heavens the angels were around to help me finish the damn thing). It was, however, really a fun dish to eat. Otherwise known as a “Korean burrito” the nori-wrapped rolls were packed with veg, meat and rice and is a much lighter version of its Mexican counterpart.
Overall, OTB is a great alternative fast food joint. I really liked the food, particularly because each dish felt like a play on texture. Service is quick and easygoing and the staff are very knowledgeable about the dishes so their recommendations come in handy. As mentioned, it’s not ideal for working lunches but it’s definitely a decent place to eat with friends. Or angels.
On the Bab
36 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E
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LOVE! So jealous of all the food you personally had as they were 'not allowed' for me – need to go back and try again! Lots of love, Andrea xxx
Awww, why were they 'not allowed'? Let's go back together? x
I've heard loads of great things about this place. If it's Honey approved it must be good 🙂
Lots of love,
It's quick and easy good food! I know a lot of food bloggers who enjoy it thoroughly too! x
This sounds delicious! The buns look really good value too – definitely a good lunch option! x
Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog
Very good lunch option! You should try! x
I have heard so many good things about On The Bap, I just need to find some time to go and try it. I love bibimbaps, but the buns sound like a nice change.
Aftab | Fresh And Fearless
Yes Aftab! You should seriously try – it's a great light option for lunch and even if you've had a lot of it, you still feel healthy after! x
Oh my, all the dishes look so good (particularly the Yangyum chicken, phwoar!) Your Angels are blessed indeed if this is the way you show your gratitude 🙂 xx
Tamsin / A Certain Adventure
I could eat a full load of that Yangyum chicken! Thanks, T. I'm more grateful to them than ever =)