Jinjuu | A Modern Korean Restaurant in Soho's Kingly Court
Contributed by: @ImAdeAkins
Jinjuu (translated as 'pearl' in Korean), boasts celebrity chef Judy Joo and aesthetics that look slick AF. Located in Kingly Court, in Carnaby Street, an area that has long been a cracking place for foodies is home to Jinjuu's Soho branch. Naturally, with so many options, sometimes you can be spoilt for choice and in need of something slightly different. Let me give you the low down as to why it's worth a visit.
JINJUU AT A GLANCE
- Venue type: Korean Restaurant
- Location: Soho, London
- Opening hours: Lunch hours: 12pm-3pm (Mon-Sat), 12pm-4pm (Sun) | Dinner hours: 6pm-12am (Mon-Sat) & 6pm-10pm (Sun)
- Drink prices: £10-12 for cocktails
- Food prices: Variety of plates available of differing sizes, I spent £45 for a main, side and a cocktail
- Website: http://www.jinjuu.com/ldn/en/index.php
Dimly lit with black walls and some eye-catching decorations, one could probably right a blog on the decor alone. It looks slightly lavish but not to the point that commoners like me don't feel welcome, (which can be common in many West End establishments). It's a real mix of style and substance with a mixture of booths, benches and tables as well as a downstairs area and additional bar.
FOOD & DRINKS
The menu is extensive with a mix of bar food, sides, starters, small plates and larger plates for those feeling extremely ravenous. Having heard about Korean chicken in the past Jinjuu's signature Korean fried chicken just had to get sampled with a side salad to lower my guilt.
JameliaObsessed, (regular guest on the ADZVICE podcast) opted for BIBIMBAP; a delightful mix of white rice, seasonal veg, prawns, Gochujang sauce and finished with a friend egg for good measure. I ordered a JinJuulep for my chosen cocktail whilst Jam went for a K-Pop Portnstar- on my recommendation of course. ;)
FINAL THOUGHTS ON JINJUU
There's a really cool vibe in Jinjuu. Chilled, but buzzing with conversation and the collective "oohs", gasps and "look at their food, I want that"s. The soulful and smooth background music really adds to the ambience and will definitely have you looking at the dessert menu just as an excuse to stay longer.
This gets a thumbs up from me and cements itself in good books. The presentation of the food is second to none, friendly staff and an environment that enhances the occasion. Whether you're shopping in nearby Oxford Street or just fancy somewhere nice for a catchup, make sure you drop in to Jinjuu.
Recommend for: something different, dates, oriental food.
Ade Akins (@ImAdeAkins)