Jinjuu - Hong Kong

4.3
45 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Korean
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  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Sunday Lunch
Jinjuu, meaning "pearl', is founded by celebrity chef Judy Joo. Located in the iconic, newly built California Tower in Lan Kwai Fong Central, Jinjuu seamlessly merges traditional and contemporary styles of cuisine and design, aims to give the guests an unique Korean dining experience.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Korean, Asian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Mon-Thurs: 12pm-1am
Fri-Sat: 12pm-2am
Sun: 12pm-11pm
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Phone number
3755 4868
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Judy Joo/ Sang Hyun Ko
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
New World Tower
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Public transit
Central MTR Exit D1
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Entertainment
DJ in the House - Wednesday to Saturday 9pm onwards
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Special events & promotions
We can host all kinds of party at Jinjuu HK. Our comfy booths & open areas in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong Central are the perfect venue for celebrating birthdays, leaving-do's, engagement parties or simply to sip on cocktails until the small hours.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
45 reviews
4.3 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
47%
Very Good
33%
Good
20%
Fair
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Poor
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4.4
food
3.8
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
value
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BB
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Fantastic ambience and bar
Also great presentation of food
Good food tho not exceptional
Most of the staff members are attentive and helpful

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Difficult for our taxi to find - hot night in HK - lots of party goers in neighborhood - good spot for people watching. Grabbed a reservation around 9:30 and ordered several plates before 10pm - the wagu beef sliders are excellent - they will infect your dreams. Cool but wacky place in Central district.

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M
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch. Food was amazing and service was really fantastic. Would definitely recommend.

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c
3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great value for brunch, with good food and good drinks package. However, service was below par, especially given that there were only 3 tables in the restaurant when we dined there. Servers were not attentive (had to request for water refill multiple times, didn't clear our dishes, etc) and seemed clueless at times. It's not the first time I've experienced this as during happy hour another time, our waiter forgot to submit our food order and wasn't apologetic at all when we finally chased after waiting for 15 minutes. Would love to come back again but only if service has improved.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Creative food menu but expensive cocktails that I could hardly taste the alcohol. Service was bad, I do not recall meeting any staff who smiled in Jin Juu, from doorstep to table to where we left (we gave up the table at 9 as agreed without them reminding but no Thank U on our way out). They did not repeat my order and 1 item was left out, told another staff to check and she said cos it was not entered hence the long wait (and not apologetic but the way it was told to me was like it was my fault the item was not keyed in).

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S
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This was the most creative menu we have experienced in a long time. The food was awesome. If you are in Hong Kong it is a must go restaurant

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OT
4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Beautiful place, friendly staff, great food. We had a great time. The brunch is very good.

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B
2.0Dined on December 10, 2017

A change in the brunch format caused some issues with food quality and service, however the management responsed quickly to our group and did not let us leave unhappy. We will definitely try again after they have ironed out the kinks.

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PB
2.0Dined on November 20, 2017

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.

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n
4.0Dined on November 15, 2017

the food was good overall , using good ingredients. However I cant get over how you would need to order rice as an extra for korean Kalbi and also the pork belly. Also ordering kimchee as an extra. Put it all together then you have a less friendly bill .

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RW
3.0Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

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OT
5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

The brunch with free flow of Champagne was great
The dessert is a beat dissipointing compare to the rest of the meal

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OT
3.0Dined on October 24, 2017

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.

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KL
2.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

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f
4.0Dined on October 4, 2017

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.

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OT
4.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Modern Korean cuisine. Lunch okay, dinner is great with dj playing music, very crowded at night and loud music. Don't forget their special Korean cocktails

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2017

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.

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A
4.0Dined on July 28, 2017

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!

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JO
4.0Dined on March 25, 2017

We love the ambience and setting and the happy hour deals are superb!
However, when it comes to the main we think it is way overpriced for what it is. $95 for 3 dumplings and $70 for 2 tacos though delicious, too overpriced for a smart casual dining place.

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S
3.0Dined on March 17, 2017

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.
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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.

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HC
3.0Dined on February 24, 2017

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.

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ND
5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

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!!!

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OT
5.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Fantastic food, great friendly service

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2017

A great Sunday buffet brunch with friends. Love the food - great quality and especially the fried chicken.

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HB
4.0Dined on January 13, 2017

Went for lunch with some work friends. Lively restaurant with friendly staff. Food arrived promptly and was very tasty! Well worth the visit.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2017

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.

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IP
5.0Dined on December 17, 2016

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.

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OT
5.0Dined on December 10, 2016

A truly great addition to LKF, we eat here at least once every couple of months, the service and food is fantastic!!

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C
4.0Dined on December 3, 2016

Good vibes. With cool weather like early December it is great to be on the patio overlooking the street view.

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YY
4.0Dined on December 2, 2016

Delicuous Korean food with a modern twist. Food came in small portion however. Cocktails were amazing, the only downside was they had a two-hour window, me and my friends were asked to leave in two hours time, no extension allowed...

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OT
3.0Dined on December 2, 2016

The food was overrated compared with the price paid. The ambient is pretty noisy as they have a bar table at the very entrance that was so closed to our table.

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3.0Dined on November 19, 2016

Value for price is below expectation and the fried chicken totally failed as compared to eating same in Korea

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OT
5.0Dined on November 10, 2016

Outstanding food and service. I only wish the restaurant was accessible for wheelchairs.

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3.0Dined on November 5, 2016

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.

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K
3.0Dined on October 22, 2016

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.

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2.0Dined on October 15, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2016

Worth a repeat visit. Delicious! This section should be optional or no one will participate!

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

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!

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3.0Dined on September 30, 2016

The place is a bit noisy, very difficult to chat with friends. The lunch menu should improve, include fried chicken. The dessert is excellent, I love it

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

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.

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