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15 Kingly Street
020 8181 8887
Permanently packed with a cocktail-clinking crowd, this Soho site takes the best parts of Korean and calorific US street food, then glues them together for oodles of guilty pleasure. The party vibe emanates from a “loud” ground-floor bar and bustling Kingly Street terrace, but the basement dining room has its own energy thanks to a semi-open kitchen and comic-style mythical creatures painted across the walls. It would be sinful to ignore the thrillingly crunchy Korean fried chicken, while it's also worth checking out the “really tasty” tacos, the mandoo dumplings and the carnitas ‘disco fries’. Our advice? Order bit-by-bit, as this is filling stuff. Smart staff are adept at handling the frenetic atmosphere, while the upmarket look extends all the way to gold metal chopsticks. Nothing about Jinjuu is subtle (including the prices), but it’s perfect for a trendy party – hence the arrival of a second outlet in Mayfair.
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Best Korean Restaurants in London
SquareMeal 2 Stars
15 Kingly Street
020 8181 8887
Oxford Circus Tube Station 312m
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 464m
Kingly Street 20m
Mon-Sun 12N-12M (Thurs-Sat -1.30am Sun -11pm)
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Food + drink: 4
Having visited Jinjuu Mayfair last month which we loved was very keen to return so today we dropped in on Jinjuu in Kingly Street and even though the Restaurant was busy they were very accommodating and found is a place. The waiters were very friendly and the service was very good. There is such a wide choice of delicious things to have but we decided on in a lightish lunch . We started with really tasty Pork Belly Tacos then some Carnitas Fries followed by Korean Fried Chicken which is amazing to finish we had a delightful Korean salad with Prawns and Asian Slaw . I would highly recommend a visit to ether Jinjuu for fantastic Korean cuisine
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Food + drink: 3
Average food, a la carte very overpriced, mixed service, felt a bit like a tourist trap, bibimbap was totally bland. Head waiter was friendly but the one who took our order was new / no training (apparently) which explains why he screwed up the kids menu order (the advertised Korean soft drink never materialised, not offered a side dish and had to ask for one later). But doesn't really explain the weird order of dishes, our sides came out fully an hour before the main, which was so delayed I expected at least that the service charge wouldn't be added to the bill but nope. Couldn't be bothered to kick up a fuss but would not go back here, ever. I do not understand the high rating from other diners. Much better Korean food to be found in London.
I fear that I am the sole dissenting voice amid these diner reviews. I have heard all good things about Jinjuu and to be fair, it's good. But not great. As is the want at the moment, the restaurant is slightly industrial chic, with uncomfortable chairs and exposed brick, loudish music and not really a joint to linger. But that's not why one goes. We had the signature chicken (mixed) from the menu and found the sauces disappointing considering they were the house special, but the tacos and mandoo were truly delicious. To follow we had the Bibimbap, with marinated pork, LOTS of rice (to fill you up) very nice, but again nothing that blew my socks off. I feel like we had a very nice version of Wagamama.
I was literally dying to try this place, but I won't be rushing back. There is some really amazing Korean food available in London - Koba for one - and this all felt a little bit occidental.
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