Byung-Sun Lee and his friend Hak-Woon Kim have been working tirelessly to promote Jasmine Gwangju. Kim is not a student. He is a missionary and entrepreneur. Before arriving in Scotland, ten years ago, he was in France and Bulgaria. In Edinburgh, he was horrified that Korean tourists, if they came to Scotland at all, arrived on the overnight bus from London, went round the castle and the Royal Mile, then left. His travel company now brings 3,000 Koreans a year to Scotland. "Most of them," he says proudly, "stay for three days."

Kim and his wife also run Kim's Mini Meals, on Buccleuch Street. Like Jasmine Gwangju, the restaurant is another way of helping Korea to catch up with better-known Asian cultures. "We want to introduce Korean food. Here it's like mother's cooking, we don't use MSG, it's like the food a family makes for children. Or guests, or VIPs." In fact, there are three Korean restaurants in Edinburgh, one in Aberdeen and one in Glasgow. The specialist ingredients, oils and tongue-blistering chilli sauces are now easily available in Chinese supermarkets.


Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday: Dinner times (5.30pm-9pm, last order 8.15pm).

Sunday: Closed



Benefits of Doenjang

Doenjang (soy bean paste), a traditional Korean food that is fermented from soybeans, has been a fixture of the Korean diet for centuries. Recently, it has received great attention from western medicine for its nutritional and medical value.

Best Korean Restaurant in Edinburgh

Best Korean Restaurant in Edinburgh

I think a lot of people would agree with me that’s the Kim’s Mini Meals! Owned by the Kim’s family, this small and nicely decorated Korean restaurant offers a decent range of authentic Korean food.


Address: 5 Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JN
Tel: +44 (0)131 629 7951

Mobile: +44 (0)7984005601