New Restaurant Alert: Jin Joo Korean Grill at SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City
Have your samgyeopsal in eight different flavors.
Jin Joo Korean Grill
5/F SM Aura Premier, C5 Road corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday), and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday to Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) While your parents may have told you when you were younger to never play with your food, at Jin Joo Korean Grill you are very much encouraged to. Almost everything from the menu requires some DIY preparation, from grilling your own samgyeopsal to making your own kimchi rice.
Get complimentary sides while you wait for your food
This playfulness extends from the interiors of the restaurant—which has bubble gum-colored chairs and playful illustrations painted on an accent wall—to the menu, which features authentic casual Korean food with a modern twist.
Jin Joo's 8 Flavours
Grill the samgyeopsal right on your table
This is evident in the restaurant’s best-selling Jin Joo’s 8 Flavours (P1,560). While samgyeopsal or pork belly is traditionally served on its own, Jin Joo's pork comes in eight different marinades, which range from the traditional Red Pepper to the more experimental but still pleasing Wine. The mildly sweet flavor of the Honey Garlic will please the Filipino palate, but it is the Curry that’s unforgettable. Be sure to order this meal with a group because there’s much to go around and a variety that’ll please everyone.
Cheese Dung Galbi
Roll around your ribs in the gooey cheese sauce!
If you’re a fan of cheese or love having fun with your food (or both!), the Cheese Dung Galbi (P950) is a must-try. The dung galbi is Korea’s take on the American baby back ribs, and Jin Joo’s version lets you cook shredded mozzarella and cheddar over a stove until it melts into a delicious stringy sauce which you then wrap around the ribs using your hands. The meal comes with a side of rice, kimchi, corn, and steamed egg, which you can then mix in your leftover cheese to make fried rice. The ribs are covered in a sweet-smoky glaze and are already tasty on their own, but more cheese never hurt anyone.
Korean food is almost synonymous to spicy flavors, and on that note, the Buddae Jjiggae (P940) delivers. One of Korea’s more popular hotpots, the buddae jjigae is also known as army base soup, made during the war when food in Seoul and other parts of Korea were scarce and people relied on American canned goods. Hence, the soup is a mishmash of convenience store favorites: Jin Joo’s buddae jjigae has ramen noodles, Spam, andouille sausage, and trumpet mushrooms. Unlike most Korean restaurants that serve the dish already cooked, Jin Joo serves theirs in a pot over a stove so you can cook your own broth and keep it warm. This broth is deliciously spicy, with a refreshing sourness that’ll keep you slurping. If you’re worried that you can’t handle heat, Jin Joo offers the Buddae Jjigae and other spicy meals in three levels of spiciness: Mild, Medium, or Hot.
Beef Bulgogi Dolsot Bibimbap
If you’re looking for something that tastes more familiar but is still unmistakably Korean, the Beef Bulgogi Dolsot Bibimbap (P400) is for you. The tasty beef strips aren’t tough on the teeth and the entire bowl will fill you up for hours. Another must-try is the Hamjeul-Pajeon (P380) or Korean seafood pancake. The deliciously chewy slices are filled with fresh scallops and prawn, plus spring onions with a hint of nutty flavor from sesame seeds.
With their casual ambiance and hefty servings, Jin Joo can easily become a favorite among families and groups looking for a taste of Korean cuisine and some DIY fun. You can even make dining at Jin Joo your next date idea—nothing relaxes the nerves more than grilling some meat together or rolling up ribs in gooey cheese. With their tasty and tender barbecue pork and other authentic Korean favorites, you’ll be guaranteed a second date.
Photos by Jericho San Miguel