Happy Wednesday! We are half way through the week so obviously, it’s time for another cool restaurant recommendation and this week I’m super excited to share our dinner at JinJuu, a modern Korean food restaurant located in my favourite Soho location, Kingly Street.
JinJuu also has a restaurant in Hong Kong so hopefully I can recommend it to my lovely readers on the other side of the world. Aside from being well known for having a celebrity chef, Judy Joo, JinJuu is also famous for serving traditional Korean street food at the next level, so if you are a lover of Kimchi, Pajeon Pancake or any other dishes such as Korean fried food, I think you won’t be disappointed by their offering.
JinJuu’s menu offers a real good selection of Korean food including Anju which is also known as the food you eat while you drink, think tacos; sharing food platters and full signature dish menu. Which is what we opted for. We started with Kimbap which is fresh seasonal vegetables, straw potato and perilla leaf, rolled in white rice and nori. Spicy chilli mayo on the side, all the dishes arrived in pairs which was nice as usually restaurants give you 3 pieces like dumplings, for example, to share between two people, which in whole honesty really annoys me.
Sae-Woo Pops Crispy fried round prawn cakes served on sticks, addictive creamy gochujang mayo on the side, followed and were served with a signature sauce, this dish was so delicious that I had to break my gluten-free food eating habits for it.
Korean Fried Chicken Slider Golden fried chicken thighs, the signature sauces, mayo, & crispy iceberg lettuce tossed into a bun was the next dish and it was out of this world. We were quite full by this point however, we still had 2 dishes in our starters including Trio of Jinjuu Mandoo Juicy steamed beef & pork mandoo, vegetable mandoo and crispy short rib & kimchi mandoo served with soy dipping sauce and Jap Chae Traditional stir-fried sweet potato noodles mixed with seasonal vegetables & egg. I definitely recommend you go for the signature menu too as you will get to experience and taste the food in the best way.
Before you think we were done, let me assure you that those were only starters, as for our mains I had Sea Bream Grilled sea bream fillet, Yuja pickled cucumbers, jalapeno glaze, tempura king prawn ginger & spring onion salad & Asian aromatics and Monique went for Jinjuu Beef Tasting Plate Braised short rib, marinated beef fillet skewer, crispy straw potato, garlic chips, grilled vegetables, basted with our jinjuu soy glaze. Served with kimchi béarnaise & watercress salad, which made me feel little jealous as I love beef.
Dessert was the highlight, though, especially Snickers Hotteok Flat Korean doughnut stuffed with salted caramel & roasted peanuts, peanut parfait, chocolate ganache, praline & Nutella powder which are all of my favourite things on one plate, I swear I inhaled it. Monique had
Apple Pie Mandoo Cinnamon sugar, maple yoghurt which looked super cute. We had a glass of red wine each to drink and quite a bit of sparkling water as, as you an imagine, is not as easy to eat all of this food. The menu came at £38 per person which is such a good value considering the amount of food we received.
We were seated right next to the window which was nice and entertaining as people watching in Soho is the best. DJ started playing around 8pm so the atmosphere at the bar was perfect. They have a downstairs which is mainly restaurant area however, most people eat upstairs in the bar area as its quite nice. You also have the option of eating your food outside on their terrace which is perfect on a good weather day.
I hope you guys love my pictures and not judging me too much for all the amount of food I ate. I definitely recommend you give JinJuu a try if you like Asian food and find yourself in Soho. Until next week.