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A calorific mash-up of US junk food and Korean ingredients awaits at TV star Judy Joo's first restaurant. The maelstrom that surrounded the 2014 launch has subsided, and we're left with an industrial-chic cocktail bar and basement dining room, decorated with mythical creatures. Food-wise, tender Korean fried chicken (KFC) with spicy sauces is the headline act on a menu also featuring sliders oozing cucumber kimchi, sae-woo pops (fried prawn cake 'lollipops') and a taco section starring soy-marinated bulgogi beef. Lighter options might feature stir-fried jap chae (sweet potato noodles), although Jinjuu revels in wicked ideas such as sweet, sticky USDA short ribs. Pricey small plates and quirky cocktails quickly rack up the cost, but "fabulous" service makes this a "guilty pleasure".
Soho Korean food in a burger bunMy dining companions don’t believe me when I tell them I don’t care about celebrity chefs. I keep track of their comings and goings of course. But when it comes down to making restaurant recommendations, their personalities take a back seat to their cooking. One celebrity chef I had never heard of before was Judy Joo, the mind behind Jinjuu on Soho’s Kingly Street. She’s apparently a veteran of both Gordon Ramsay’s tutelage and the Iron Chef TV shows.Even though there’s no shortage of Korean restaurants in London with notable concentrations in Soho and New Malden...
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I recently enjoyed a return visit to Jinjuu, Judy Joo’s Korean restaurant that is sandwiched between Regent Street and Carnaby Street. When people think of Korea, kimchi, soju (Korea’s version of vodka) and Gangnam Style come to mind, but there is a lot more to discover.Jinjuu’s street level bar and dining area has a great vibe and was teaming with people during my visit. Sample the Korean inspired cocktails and nibble tapas style on the Anju (small plates). As the music and chatter can be loud, I booked a booth in the basement dining room that is more conducive to conversation and affords you a view of...
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Korean food is having a moment with different concepts popping up all over the place.The latest on the scene is Jinjuu, the creation of celebrity Korean chef Judy Joo, the ex-head of the Playboy Club, who started her career in London with Gordon Ramsey and has appeared on a number of TV shows such as the Iron Chef and her own Korean food show...
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On an unplanned visit to Jinjuu on Saturday, their first proper Saturday night service, we were lucky enough to nab a couple of seats at the kitchen counter. When it is just the two of us, seats like these are my favourite but I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The couple next to us were thoroughly unimpressed and made it clear they would have preferred one of the proper tables in the dining room or even something in the much glitzier bar upstairs. But I was most content watching the team of chefs prep, grill, fry, plate; I enjoyed seeing the waves of frenetic energy followed by moments of calm.On an unplanned...
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Having really enjoyed chef Judy Joo's recent Korean Food Made Simple series on the food network we were delighted to see she had just open I new restaurant in London. With plans to head that way we booked a table to go and sample her delights for ourselves. The experience began before we had even left our Liverpool home when in the morning we received a call from Laura to confirm our booking.
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It was a gloriously sunny day as we headed down to Jinjuu. Situated in the heart of the capital behind Hamleys on Regent Street, the streets were already filling up with local business folk enjoying the early spring sunshine. The outdoor terrace of Jinjuu was certainly benefiting from the unusually good British weather as we passed early darters already sipping beverages to enter and take our reservation.And who should happen to greet us but Laura who remembered our earlier conversation. Customer recognition is always a plus point in my eyes! We were slightly early for our table so Laura directed us to...
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Jinjuu is a new restaurant from ex-head chef of the Playboy Club and star of her own cookery show on the Food Network, Judy Joo. The menu sounds rather good with a kind of Korean/American mash up but sadly, it didn’t quite do it for me.We were seated in the ground floor bar area which, as ALWAYS seems to be case these days, was very cramped. Our table had a missing screw turning it into a giant and rather hazardous lazy Susan which didn’t help matters. And our waitress had an increasingly annoying habit of bellowing “Hello there!” every time she came to our table. It all made for a very odd experience...
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I love how the restaurant world evolves so quickly in London. A few years ago options for Korean restaurants would have been limited to the occasional local place run by Koreans for other Koreans with any public comment on their cuisine likely to involve manifestly unfair references to eating dog. I'm not a fan of the proliferation of start-of-the-year "food trends for 2015" articles littering the internet but you have to admit that a lot of them have hit the nail on the head with a nod to the continued explosion of last year's Korean theme...
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Should you not have heard much about Korean food to date, you will do soon enough, because Jinjuu has arrived on the scene and is taking the city by storm.Jinjuu, is the new bar & restaurant brought to us by Judy Joo. American born Joo’s background is an interesting one – a former trader at Morgan Stanley in NYC, she quit to turn her hand to the kitchen. Working under Gordon Ramsay for a while, and then hosting her own TV show ‘Korean Food Made Simple’, she’s now taken the next step and opened her very own restaurant – & fortunately for us, it’s right here in London’s Soho...
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Every quarter we have a girl’s dinner to explore a different neighborhood (Soho doesn’t count, last time we went to Pekham). When we started reading about Jinjuu we changed plans and decided to try it instead. I worked with Chef Judy a long time ago when we were both boring finance people at Morgan Stanley. Since then, she has moved on from crunching numbers and into the food world as a well-regarded chef while I am still staring at spreadsheets….
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It was a gloriously sunny day as we headed down to Jinjuu. Situated in the heart of the capital behind Hamleys on Regent Street, the streets were already filling up with local business folk enjoying the early spring sunshine. The outdoor terrace of Jinjuu was certainly benefiting from the unusually good British weather as we passed early darters already sipping beverages to enter and take our reservation.
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