JinJuu Korean restaurant – Soho

Following a matinee performance of Bug The Play (disturbingly good) L and I arrive early for our reservation at JinJuu in Soho. Call it late lunch or early dinner – we’re both ravenous and thirsty and are ready to get stuck into some Korean food and drinks.

 

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Bo Ssam pork belly for two – twice cooked pork belly, marinated pork tenderloin, salad, cabbage

 

The restaurant is almost full despite being mid-afternoon, so between peak meal times. We’re taken to an alternative table that’s ready now (as we’re early) and order a bottle of prosecco @ £38.00 and munch on Jinjuu “bespoke ssam jang handmade prawn crackers” @ £4.00. Nicely spicy with a substantial crunch.

 

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Prawn crackers

 

The menu is exciting without being overwhelming (must remember to check out the special set menus on Sundays).

We order some squidgy and crispy dumplings to share:

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Mandoo – juicy steamed beef and pork dumplings seasoned with Korean spices, served with soy dipping sauce @ £7.00

 

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Short rib & Kimchi mandoo – crispy dumpling stuffed with braised beef, mushrooms + kimchi, with a dipping sauce @ £7.00

 

The dumplings are so good we only just manage to restrain ourselves from ordering more.

For main course, we tackle a Dwe-gi Bo Ssam Pork Belly platter for two @ £26.00, comprising:

  • Twice cooked large black Berkshire pork belly
  • Marinated grilled pork tenderloin
  • Dwengjang & gochujang glaze
  • Spring onion salad
  • Traditional homemade radish + cabbage kimchi
  • along with rice, tons of lettuce + Korean-style pork crackling

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Pork, pork, pork crackling, rice + more

 

We are no longer ravenous.

And so – for dessert – we share what’s meant to be a small portion of ice-cream but it arrives with four generous scoops:

  • Salted miso ice-cream with kkae kang jung (sesame candy)
  • Nokcha (green tea) ice-cream with nokcha rice topping

 

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Three scoops (shhh don’t mention the fourth) of ice-cream @ £6.00

 

We also enjoy a leisurely cocktail – I have a gorgeous, refreshing psy sour – Hwayo 41 (rice spirit or soju), Kamm & Sons (a bittersweet botanical spirit), red ginseng and honey tea, fresh yuja fruit, egg white, lavender bitters and ginseng candy @ £11.00.  And L has a lychee lover – lychee infused soju, lychee liqueur, aromatic bitters and prosecco @ £10.00.

 

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Psy sour – with sweets and entertainment. Cute.

 

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Ground floor restaurant and main bar

 

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Downstairs: basement dining area + kitchen

 

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Korean spam… apparently

 

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Pretty boy band posters in ladies’ loo cubicles

 

Wandering around the restaurant it’s hard not to find something that makes you smile, whether it’s the posters of pretty boys while sitting on the loo or decor that includes Korean spam designs.

Our total bill for two is £122.62 including tip (roughly £50 for food, £60 for alcohol). Ok so we’ve splashed out on booze but it is possible to have a mighty fine meal here without breaking the bank.

The verdict: It’s all a bit spesh. Go see for yourself…

 

 

Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
– Type: Korean
– Address: 16 Kingly Street, Soho, London
– Postcode: W1B 5PS
– Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus
– Website + menus: JinJuu website
– Photos on flickr: JinJuu images
– Location: JinJuu map 

Jinjuu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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