I went into the archives to see if I’ve ever written about a Korean restaurant before on the blog and to my surprise I found that I hadn’t. I guess that with all the food trends I’ve been chasing over the years and writing about new openings, have left somewhat of an open spot for a cuisine that I very much love.
We found ourselves in Mayfair last week, where we visited Jinjuu. Jinjuu is a modern Korean restaurant (there’s one in Soho as well and Hong Kong) with celebrity chef Judy Joo at the helm. On the menu, there’s a variety of Korean dishes. We ordered the set lunch, which is a three-course lunch menu (or two, if you’re in a hurry).
One of the dishes I wanted to try was the tuna taco – a taco served with raw Atlantic tuna, Korean mustard vinaigrette, lettuce, jalapeño and yuja mayo. This was a lovely mix of Korean and Mexican flavors. When we were in California two years ago, we fell in love with Roy Choi’s Kogi truck. This dish reminded me of the beautiful pairing of the two cuisines. The chicken lollies served with pickled daikon and a mix of soy sauce and gochujang sauce was the cutest thing I’ve seen in years. More food on a stick please!
There are a few traditional Korean dishes on the menu as well. We went with a beef bibimbap. Bibimbap is a Korean rice dish, served in a hot stone bowl, with vegetables, meats and a fried egg. I love me a good bibimbap on any cold winter’s eve. There’s something about the dish that reminds me of the fried rice my grandmother used to make and it feels healthy. And from the starters selection, we went with the mandoo trio. A mandoo (or mandu) is similar to the Chinese jiaozi or Japanese gyoza. It is usually filled with minced meat, garlic, ginger, spring onions or kimchi. I had never had mandoo before so this was a treat!
The best thing for me was the yujacha dessert – tangy, sweet, buttery soft and fruity. It’s the perfect way to end any set!