About Jinjuu - Hong Kong
Jinjuu, meaning "pearl', is founded by celebrity chef Judy Joo. Located in the iconic, newly built California Tower, Jinjuu seamlessly merges traditional and contemporary styles of cuisine and design, aims to give the guests an unique Korean dining experience.
Hong Kong, Hong Kong Central
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 14:30
Saturday - Sunday : 12:00 - 15:00
Monday - Saturday: 18:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 18:00 - 22:30
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Live DJ Tuesday to Saturday From 8:00pm til late
WE CAN HOST ALL KINDS OF PARTIES AT JINJUU HK. OUR COMFY BOOTHS & OPEN AREAS IN THE HEART OF LAN KWAI FONG ARE THE PERFECT PARTY VENUE PLACE TO CELEBRATE BIRTHDAY’S, LEAVING-DO’S, ENGAGEMENT PARTIES OR SIMPLY TO SIP ON COCKTAILS UNTIL THE SMALL HOURS.
Central MTR Exit D1
Judy Joo/Andrew Hales
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch
Jinjuu - Hong Kong Ratings and Reviews
This was my 5th Time (first at the dinner hour) & unfortunately it was nowhere close (in service) to the other four meals. We were 4 adults & 1 toddler. We requested a high chair, (which was provided) but there was no way to strap around the child. The waitress was somewhat abrupt & although I believe she may have thought she was being attentive, she was anxious to clear away plates before we were finished. This was a Monday & there were only 2 other parties seated in the dining area. We ordered skewers & chicken wings to start. The chicken wings were spicy (which we prefer). Dinner was Bibimbap ( 2 beef & 2 chicken breast). When I asked for hotter sauce , the waitress seemed surprised & somewhat reluctant to provide. Side orders of Truffle fries & Kimchi plate completed our meal, along with a bottle of wine for the table. The wine I originally requested was not available. As we were with company visiting from USA, we were disappointed in the overall experience especially since we suggested JinJuu.
Music was much too loud for dinner. We had trouble hearing the server. Seems their main business is the bar. There are 5 set prices-fix menus on their website. Only 1 was available. The server said they were only available sometimes, but not that night. Then she came back and said the chef told her they were only available if you pre-ordered them. We went there because of Chef Judy Joo, and we wanted either the K-town Street menu or the Jin Chic Feast. Neither were available, although all the items were available a la carte at a much higher price. We were there during the happy hour drink promotion, although our drinks were charged at full price. I guess the promotion is only available at the bar, not the dining room. Without the drinks, our food bill was $1200 HK for 2 persons. We did enjoy the food (very small portions) although we expected it to be more Korean. I have made a few dishes from Chef Judy Joo's television show and they were better than what we had that night. As other reviews have mentioned, the service is very professional. Overall, we enjoyed the evening, but I don't think we would go back.
Considering it's actually quite difficult to find good Korean food in HK, I ended the meal feeling majority of the dishes were tasty. It doesn't do traditional Korean stews, but it does Korean favorites like japchae (clear noodles with meat of choice and veggies) & Korean Friend Chicken (excellent) very well. The downfall of this place was really just the service. The woman who was "hosting us" (I think Thai or Filipino) didn't get us a food menu, water, and in general seemed to have a mild attitude and carelessness about her job. Other than that, the seating fits many occasions and very centrally located.
Came here last weekend with a group of friends for drinks and dinner. The staff were so incredibly rude, got told we had to give the table back by 9pm as they only have a 2-hour seating time (restaurant was not full). Waitress didn't smile once and rolled her eyes when we asked for a jug of water opposed to the high-priced bottle.
Will not return and would not recommend for dinner.
We had a fantastic evening at Jinjuu, it's a great location and design, but not too loud or cool. The food was delicious with some clever twists and accents. The drinks menu was extensive and of a high quality too. One of the staff was attentive and helpful, however the other two were disengaged (one chewing gum and dancing) and this left us with a slightly negative impression.
Have been here around 4 times now for lunch, and I have always found the service staff friendly. The lunch menu is great for sharing, but I would like to see different options in the set lunch menu in the future to provide more variety, and to introduce some of the a la carte options.
The ambiance of the restaurant was very nice! We were seated in the back next to the windows and out of the main flow of the crowd which was nice. Food is good, but I had expected the signature chicken to be a little more spicy being its supposed to be Korean fried chicken. The signature steak was excellent!
Our experience at Jinuu was overall enjoyable.
We typically have a mostly vegetarian diet but treat ourselves with free range chicken on odd occasions.
We were happy to see ethical options, this was one of the main reasons we attended.
I will note that I got the feeling the kitchen wasn't having a good night, overheard something about fire alarms and a host was also doing his best to calm an irrational guest beside us about food wait times. We were warned there may be a wait in advance by our server which I thought was great service; however our food came out quite quickly.
We had the fried chick appetizer serve, the presentation is good and fun, the fryer was most likely too hot as the outside batter was burnt. The chicken was reasonably well cooked, but may be a bit dry.
For the vegetarian dumplings, once again presentation great, the food didn't jump with flavor lacking a little acidity or something exciting. Fine/ok, exciting vegetarian dumplings are a bit hard to find though.
Tofu taco, good, nicely fried and crispy, thought they were interesting.
Baked pumpkin main, the most disappointing, pumpkin and the risotto were underdone, possibly rushed out of the kitchen.
Cocktails are almost there, have a long experience in bar so I tend to be a harsher critique than necessary. Presentation great, balance of sweet/sour always over sweet. Some infusions/syrups used overpowering (rosemary in one of the cocktails dominated everything). The twist on a last word overly sweet for a sour. I have a western palate though so maybe I should just ask for not so sweet.
Biggest win for the night was me and gf got to go out and enjoy some good ambience, have a chat, and not be overly disappointment with the price vs food quality/service factor.
Service is on point, our server was great and I noticed that servers out of our section would pay attention to our table. Big win on staff. Hope the review helps, I'm no critique.
We came in for an early dinner and the DJ was blasting music like it was midnight in a club. This is definitely meant for a younger crowd, which is fine but don't expect a nice romantic dinner here--even with the exorbitant prices. It would be one thing if the food stood up to the price but unfortunately only the fried chicken was a standout. Love Judy Juu so I was hoping for a little more pizazz. Unfortunately the experience fell short... if you want some tapas with your $20 drinks then this is the place for you.
I have walked past Jinjuu on a few occasions and never really stopped to check out the menu. I wanted to take my husband somewhere for Valentine's Day and wanted to try something different to the normal Steak or Italian restaurants that people normally venture to for romantic dinner dates. I looked at Jinjuu online as I recalled it being a Korean style restaurant.
FACT: Jinjuu is the best restaurant we have been to since moving to HK last year. My husband loves his food and is very critical of places....and he LOVED Jinjuu!!
The menu has so many amazing dishes to choose from. Small plates or Large sharing plates. The atmosphere was welcoming, the service was amazing and the food was the best we have had. Delicious, creative and so tasty.
The kitchen is open so you can watch the Chefs at work. I always love it when a kitchen does not hide away behind swinging doors, they want you to see how your dishes are created.
We will definitely be going back to Jinjuu again soon because there is so much more on the menu we want to try.
FYI we ordered: Sae-Woo Pops, Seared Scallops, Wagyu Beef Sliders, Mantoo Dumplings and the Braised Short Ribs.
You will not be disappointed....amazing place to eat!!!
Family in town and celebrated the new year there. Extraordinary service, warm and inviting staff who treat you as though you're a VIP makes this restaurant a sure thing for a great experience. Michael, the GM, creates an unforgettable venue by leading his staff to deliver perfect service.
This was our third time (and counting) for all-you-can eat semi-buffet brunch. Was ecstatic to see they have further upped their game with even more food options! Fried tofu, fried chicken, beef bulgogi, tuna tataki and pork belly were too die for. Love all the different sauces to try. Yes, when you get the bill it's a bit, well, much, but oh who cares. It's worth it.
I'm a fan of Judy Joo and often watch her programme on food channels. For me, the food quality is the most important. I went there on a Saturday and they only serve brunch buffet at that time. I'm a bit disappointed with the food. The taste was good enough and there were fusion food which surprised me. However since the food was our under warming lights, the meat was dry and the rice cakes were too chewy. I may give it a second try on their al lar carte menu for freshly made food. Other than that, the atmosphere and service there were great. Staff were nice and helpful.
Jinjuu used to be a reliable, tasty and reasonable brunch spot. They've changed their menu now, no longer a basic buffet plus add-on with mains/dessert. It's now a one-package 380HKD food buffet -- In my opinion, there isn't enough variety to make this a worthwhile splurge. There are better brunches in town, but kudos to the good service, ambience and drinks.
SERVICE WAS GOOD BUT FOOD WAS LOUSY. BRUNCH COST HKD380 PER HEAD PLUS A BOTTLE OF MINERAL WATER, 10% SERVICE FEE., TOTAL HKD1,000. I DO NOT MIND TO PAY THIS PROVIDED THE QUALITY OF FOOD IS GOOD. INSTEAD, I GOT FRIED CHICKEN, NOODLES. DESSERT CHOICES WERE SO LIMITED AS WELL.
I GET BETTER FOOD WITH SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY ON ANY RESTAURANTS IN THE SAME BUILDING.
Just amazing! Food, ambience and service second to none. We enjoyed the Saturday brunch menu which was a great introduction to their tasty menu. Some interesting cocktails to sample as well. I can't stop recommending this place, but might have to as I may not easily get a table!
Last minute booking for some friends who were visiting HK, table booked for 8pm and the place was busy from around 9pm. My second time for dinner at Jin Juu, the food was great again, the fried chicken is amazing - we had to order another portion for the table. The tacos and the wagyu beef sliders are also highly recommended. I like this restaurant for great food, relaxed dining in modern decor, service that is attentive and a buzzy atmosphere.
Service was poor. Table layout and seating was extremely cramped, with lots of disturbances of waiters and other customers squeezing by the unoccupied side of our table. Food was just so so, the batter of the signature fried chicken was soggy. I've had 3 visits to the restaurants. The first was amazing and the subsequent visits were on the downhill. Will probably not go back.
Good value set lunch. As a rule of thumb, I would say that the meat mains (pork collar, steak) are better value than the bibimbap, which was a bit light on chicken. Presentation on the plate is great, and so is the decor. Whoever designed this place did an outstanding job. The deep walnut furniture and the teal and brass accents are a stand out.
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