Kosamu | Shinjuku – Tokyo

Kosamu is a Korean restaurant that was really close to the place we stayed in Tokyo (Shin-Okubo area).
I might say this was very convenient for those long, exhaustive summer days walking around the city. Plus, it wasn’t packed (around 7pm), so no waiting lines at all!

We decided to have dinner there not only to have a ramen break, but also because we LOVE ❤️ bibimbap! This Korean dish is delicious, really nutritious, gluten free and packed with flavour.

Bibimbap means “mixed rice” – thanks Wikipedia. Basically you have a base of white rice, topped with a selection of veggies, minced beef and a raw egg, all served in a hot stone pot. Then, you mix everything together and it’s done!

In case you are not super comfortable with the idea of having raw eggs, while mixing things in the hot pot, the egg will cook a bit. So don’t worry about too much about it. 🙂

My order

I might say that particular evening I was tempted to order more and more things.
They had so many good (and eye-catching) options in their menu, but we decided to go with:

  • Appetizers: Radish Kimchi and Myeolchi Bokkeum (fried anchovies). They are complimentary and served right after you place your order.
  • Main: Hot Pot Bibimbap topped with bean sprouts, cooked spinach, mushrooms, sesame seeds, minced beef and a raw egg.
Kosamu appetizers: Daikon (winter radish) Kimchi and Myeolchi Bokkeum (fried anchovies)
Kosamu appetizers: Radish Kimchi and Myeolchi Bokkeum (fried anchovies)
Kosamu main: Hot Pot Bibimbap
Kosamu Bibimbap

It was my first time trying Radish Kimchi and I really enjoyed it. I always had the cabbage one, but this version got me impressed.

About the Bibimbap, that portion was huge! I’m glad I gave up ordering other things.
The flavour was very nice as well, quite authentic in my opinion. At least for someone that hasn’t been to Korea yet. 🙂

In general, I really liked the well-cooked veggies combined with the crunchiness of the sesame seeds.

The verdict

It is a good restaurant, especially considering the portion sizes and price. Also, what I like about this dish is the variety of veggies in it. It was hard to find good salad options in Japan, so having some veggies was something very positive for me.

The downside about this place was that they did not have a smoke-free area.
This, unfortunately, seems to be relatively common in Japan, more noticeably in Korean places. Bummer. 🙁

About the English: There is an English menu and staff can communicate well in English.

Total bill (two people): $1,960 Yen (A$ 25) – dinner and no drinks.

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/DPY792N5rA12 (This restaurant is on the ground floor. There is another Korean restaurant upstairs.)

More information: https://facebook.com/kossamjp

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