Mee Market will open in Soho early next month. It will be Lee’s sixth restaurant, alongside fine-dining Koba and four On The Bab outlets.
Launching on 4 December, the Archer Street site (next door to Bocca di Lupo) will be split across two levels.
It will offer Korean and Asian inspired hot and cold foods to eat in or take away, as well as a retail space.
Ready-to-eat food options will include a Korean poke rice and salad bar; a hot counter for Asian stews, hot pots and side dishes. There will also be signature dishes from Lee’s other restaurants, Koba and On The Bab.
To take away there will be dry Asian ingredients including brown and white rice from a customised rice dispenser; fresh and frozen Asian vegetables; and a frozen Asian food section with frozen meals for customers to heat at home.
The downstairs retail section will sell Mee Market branded homeware; accessories; stationary, including wallets, crockery and aprons; and recipe cards providing inspiration for using the dry ingredients on sale instore.
The retail section will also include an 18-cover dining section.
“After launching Koba and On the Bab in London, Mee Market seemed the natural next step. I wanted to offer Londoner’s a great grab-and-go Korean and Asian food option,” says Lee on the new opening.
Lee moved to London 12 years ago after operating several successful restaurants in Seoul.
She opened her first London restaurant, Koba, in 2005 in Fitzrovia. Her next venture was Nizuni, the now-closed five-storey Japanese restaurant on Charlotte Street, followed by Nizuni Go in Marylebone (also now closed).
She has since launched On The Bab, now operating at four sites.