What is it?
With a large semi-buffet of delicious Korean treats like kimbap and their to-die-for Korean fried chicken, there's something for Korean food lovers, as well as those who are looking for more Western-infused dishes. Options include ordering the semi-buffet on its own or, if you're feeling quite ravenous and extra thirsty, you can opt to add on a main course and a dessert platter and/or Jinjuu's free-flow package (you'll be in LKF, after all...). Jinjuu offers a good-value brunch with an inviting and open atmosphere and a decent variety of modern Korean fare.
Jinjuu's large open space and rustic modern warehouse decor had us captivated the moment we stepped inside. Quite unique to Hong Kong, the atmosphere will transport you far away from the depths of LKF. The contrast of the bright lighting with the cool colours of the furnishings worked really well together. Though the decor is on point, we felt that the service was subpar and could use some work to take diners' overall experience from good to great.
With soju as a staple ingredient in the majority of the drinks found on the cocktail menu, we recommend trying some classic cocktails with a Korean twist. The Interview ($140), made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, Sac Sac Orange, black smoke liqueur, citrus and boricha (toasted barley) tea is perfect for those who love a strong cocktail. I tried the Lady Pucca ($130), made with Aperol, Sipsmith sloe gin, lemon juice, egg white and aromatic bitters – a great choice for those who like a sweet cocktail that's almost too cute to drink.
There was a wide range on offer at Jinjuu's buffet; of particular note was the build-your-own bibimbap station where you are given a piping hot bowl (literally burning hot, so watch those hands!) of rice and you're free to put whatever ingredients you'd like on top. They also serve up Schragels bagels (they were unfortunately a bit dry) with Korean-flavoured cream cheese. The kimbap and Korean fried chicken were also noteworthy.
Be sure to pace yourself at the buffet so that you have room left over for a main (and dessert!). We first tried the kalbi jjim USDA short ribs, which we were initially disappointed with in terms of size, however, they were incredibly tender and full of flavour. We also tried the Ibérico pork kimchi fried rice, which had a spicy kick to it and looked and tasted great (thanks to the beautifully poached egg on top). Other mains included Ibérico bossam pork belly, japchae and grilled Scottish salmon.
To finish off brunch we had a selection of Jinjuu's popular desserts (included when you opt for the buffet + main). The presentation of this selection of desserts was spot on (more so if you're with a large group, as they'll bring out a huge ice box and a few extra treats), and we somehow managed to finish every last bite of food.
Jinjuu adds a bit of flare to Hong Kong's brunch options with its modern Korean fare and funky warehouse-esque interior; it's a perfect place for either an intimate brunch or a large group. While the food, drinks and decor are all great, the one thing Jinjuu does need to work on is the service.
Semi-buffet only: $250/adult, $200/child (ages 4–12)
Semi-buffet with main course and dessert: $400
Free-flow Louis Roederer Brut NV, house wine and select cocktails: $200
This post was originally published on thisgirlabroad.com.
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