Jinjuu Mayfair 1

39 Albemarle Street , London, W1S 4JQ

020 3889 0780

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SquareMeal Review of Jinjuu Mayfair


This second branch (there’s a third in Hong Kong) of Judy Joo’s modern Korean enterprise has taken over the former site of Italian outfit, Babbo. For now, much of the interior looks the same, with Babbo’s bar and leather seating still in situ in the narrow dining room. Things are, however, very different on the food front, with a repertoire that showcases French-trained, London-based, Korean-American chef Joo’s up-to-date take on the cooking of Korea. The lengthy menu takes in ‘anju’ small plates and large plates of ‘ssam’ platters (grilled meat and fish heaped into lettuce leaves, with dollops of punchy sides), as well as salads, rice and noodles. It includes a Mayfair version of bibimbap, Korea’s national dish, which has lobster and truffle soy sauce stirred into the rice-based mix. Otherwise, you could make a meal from the tapas-sized anju: we liked the deep-fried prawn sae-woo pops, crisp-shelled mandoo dumplings (deep-filled with shredded short rib and kimchi), and two hefty bulgogi beef skewers – all of which come with Joo’s signature creamy dipping sauces. To follow, a pair of juicy lamb cutlets in a spicy glaze arrive with a sweet and salty ssamjang sauce; the aubergine purée on the side is even better. We visited in the second week of operation when staff had yet to find their feet; at present, this still feels like a work in progress. Fans of Joo’s cooking should definitely give it a look, but we’d recommend first timers wait until the new furniture arrives and Jinjuu Mayfair looks and feels as intended.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Green Park Tube Station 273m

Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 549m


Address: 39 Albemarle Street , London W1S 4JQ

Area: Hanover Square Savile Row

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N–11pm

Nearby Landmarks

Royal Academy of Arts (Burlington House) 173m

Faraday Museum 175m


Telephone: 020 3889 0780


Cuisine: Korean

Private Dining: 12


Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 6.0

Atmosphere: 6.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

sebastian . 05 February 2017

Not the most obvious entrances, and the door could be a little clearer on how to open The girl on reception was charming and helpful Outie loud inside, a good buzzy atmosphere. Service for drinks took a little while, and little bit of a wait for them to arrive. Great choice on menu, lots of dishes that would make you want to try more. Service of food quite good a little wait but worth it when it did come. Only thing I would suggest is more interaction had we been asked half way through our dishes, if everything ok and would we like some more, we would have said yes and tried a couple more dishes Well worth a visit

Upstairs at Jinjuuu Mayfair offers a semi-private space for up to 12 diners. Three set menus cost £40, £55 and £70 per person and must be chosen in advance; each provides a taste of everything that the a la carte has to offer.

Semi-private space
Capacity: 12