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CheeMc: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

Without visiting Korea, it is impossible to tell how authentic CheeMc’s fried chicken is. No matter. It’s delicious…

CheeMc, 310 Walworth Road, London SE17 (020 3645 0772). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £35

The menu at CheeMc, a small Korean restaurant a mile down the road from the delightful building site which is London’s Elephant and Castle, is long. It includes a list of dishes featuring soondae, a traditional kind of Korean black pudding, of which I know absolutely nothing. There’s also a bunch of things using jokbal, which are marinated ham hocks and sound fabulous, but again I can’t tell you anything about them. Partly this is because, dependent on what time of day it is and which cook happens to be in the kitchen, not all of the menu is available all the time. And partly this is because my interest lay elsewhere – namely with the lengthy list of Korean fried chicken dishes.

The serious stuff is the goochoo – a hit of fire and salt. Our waitress says: ‘Don’t cry’ as she delivers it

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