My favourite East Asian restaurants in Coventry
I’ve spent a of time in Coventry over the past year, and as it turns out, Coventry is full of great places to eat, particularly restaurants serving Chinese, Korean and Japanese cuisine. I was mainly introduced to these places through my dance team, for we often go and eat a meal after a performance. I grew up on a largely British diet of gravy and mashed potato, so I’ve been grateful to be able to try so many different types of food that aren’t accessible in my hometown. I’ve listed below some of the places that I’ve been to, with a little description about them and my experiences there.
When I found out that there was a Korean BBQ restaurant in Coventry, I was desperate to go there and I was not disappointed. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of Korean BBQ, how it works is there is a charcoal BBQ directly on the table in front of you where you grill the meat, and you also have a large variety of side dishes to share. Generally you will cook the meat yourself, but if you’re unfamiliar with this or simply don’t want to do it yourself, the staff will do it for you. I’ve eaten at Jinseon about 5 times now, and I really recommend it. They have a large variety of dishes on the menu, including meat for the BBQ and then an extensive menu of side orders. I recommend going with a group of friends, for not only does the concept of the BBQ lend itself well to a very social meal, but the more people who go, the more types of side dishes you’ll probably order, meaning you get to try more things. This was my first introduction to Korean food and now I’m obsessed with it. The staff are really attentive and helpful and the restaurant has a really nice social vibe. They also play kpop music a lot of the time too which is great if you like that. Generally a meal here will cost around £15-20 per person once you split the bill depending on what and how much you order, but the price is justifiable given what a nice experience eating here is. While there are vegetarian options on the menu however, the focus of the restaurant is on the BBQ aspect.
This is a Cantonese restaurant close to the Quadrant bus stop, open noon-9pm Monday to Sunday. I’ve been to this place twice now and the food has been really good both times. The menu is HUGE. Choosing what you want to eat is so difficult because there’s such a wide variety, from stir-fry to soups to rice. It’s also possible to customise your meal depending on what you want in it. The portion sizes are also huge, and given the average price is around £8, it is amazing value for money and still feels really healthy. I believe they also do takeaway orders. Last time I visited they only accept cash payments, so be sure to bring some along.
This Chinese restaurant is quite unique because it also has karaoke rooms upstairs. I went there for a social with my dance team, and the staff served us the food in the karaoke room. My friend ordered for us all so I don’t know what the ordering process is like, but we had a large variety of dishes and I remember it being really nice. I vaguely remember eating a lot of aubergine with rice because the sauce was so nice. As for the karaoke itself, it was really fun and they had a variety of songs in different languages including Korean, English and forms of Chinese, but bear in mind that they were mostly older songs and they didn’t have any released in the past few years.
Shin Japanese Bar & Kitchen
Recently I went to this restaurant and had a big bowl of ramen. It was especially good since I had been outside all day and it was really nice to have a hearty warm meal. They also serve a variety of other dishes including sushi and rice based dishes. It was also quite affordable even before one of my friends got our group a discount code, prices typically averaging around £9-12.
A Sushi Japanese and Korean Restaurant
I went here for a joint social with Warwick’s Japan and Korean societies and it was a nice evening. We got to try a variety of different dishes, and it was actually the first time I’d ever tried sushi and I really liked it.
There are also a lot of bubble tea shops in central Coventry, and also one in Cannon Park opposite Tesco. While I don’t drink bubble tea myself, I spend a lot of time in these shops with my friends who do. There are also plenty of stores selling different types of Asian foods around, so I’ve been able to get some ingredients that you can’t get in chain supermarkets in the UK, and I’ve been cooking a variety of dishes for myself at home.