Apologies for the quiet time on the blog these last couple of weeks. We’ve been out and about enjoying the World Cup and the rest of the sports this summer! Anyway, back to food; JinJuu has been on our list of places to eat for a long long time. We’ve seen it’s found Judy Joo cooking Korean food on shows like Saturday kitchen a few times now so we decided to give it a go with EmJay’s sister and her other half in tow.
We went for our first Korean food experience on a busy Saturday night, and if you plan on doing the same, be sure to book a table. The restaurant was almost definitely at capacity. We had a table booked and were led downstairs to our booth. The night we went there was an issue with the air conditioning but luckily our host moved us to a table by a fan so we didn’t feel like we were going to melt.
Taking a look at the menu, I knew I had to have a sample of Korean fried chicken. I’ve read a lot about it’s sweet and spicy flavours so ordered the sliders to start. The rest of our party got a variety of dishes including salmon, beef tataki and some philly cheesesteak gyoza.
Everything came out pretty quickly once we’d ordered from the open kitchen at the back of the room. None of us had eaten Korean food before so we didn’t know what to expect. It definitely didn’t disappoint us. Everything we tried was packed full of flavour. The fried chicken sliders were filled with a crunchy fried piece of chicken thigh which was coated in a spicy, sticky sauce. Perfectly cooked and better than I expected it to be. Everyone really enjoyed their starters.
For mains, I ordered the signature bibimbap with a grilled chicken breast. I was in two minds between this and the Korean fried cauliflower, our server advised that the bibimbap was the most popular dish on the menu so I just knew I had to give it a go, other dishes ordered included braised short rib and a beef dish which was cooked by the person ordering on a hot stone which was placed in the centre of the table.
The cook it yourself steak hot stone came out first, it looked awesome, a super hot stone on a wooden board which had all the condiments on the side. Then a plate full of sliced up marinated beef which was then cooked to the eaters liking. It’s something a little bit different and added an element of fun to the dinner. I was told the flavours were delicious too so that’s always a bonus! The short rib dish also got great praise from the boys.
My dish came out last, served in a hot stone bowl, it looked huge! It was filled with rice and topped with lots of vegetables including courgette, mushrooms, and carrots as well as a grilled chicken breast, kimchi and topped with a runny yolk fried egg. The idea is you break up the egg yolk and mix the whole lot together to create a sauce with the egg yolk and the kimchi. I didn’t really know what to expect but this dish was delicious! An explosion of flavours and textures. It was spicy, crunchy, salty and sweet all at the same time. Some of the rice had stuck to the bottom of the bowl making it really crunchy too. I’d definitely eat it again.
When it came to ordering dessert, we chose the yujacha cheesecake and snickers hotteok, served on a platter. These were brilliant! My favourite was the snickers, a flat Korean doughnut filled with salted caramel and peanuts, served with a Nutella parfait, a unique and delicious take on the chocolate bar.
We really enjoyed our evening at JinJuu and we’d really like to return to try the chicken and waffles for brunch! It’s ideally located right in the heart of Soho in central London so it’s perfect for a bite while shopping too! You can find out more about JinJuu here.