Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ju Shin Jung

Ju Shin Jung

Speaking of Korean BBQ, when asking for recommendation from students (of my time), it will be Seoul Garden while the adults will suggest a BBQ restaurant opposite Haw Par Villa or along East Coast Park.

Assorted side dishes

Being not a fan of Kimchi, I am not familiar with Korean cuisine, thus my experience towards Korean restaurants is limited to Su Korean Cuisine @ Far East Plaza and Koryo Restaurant @ Fusionopolis (Connexis Tower). In any case, they have the tendency to flood the entire table with side dishes and I have to admit that it took me a few visits before I start to learn how to appreciate the taste of it.

Kimchi Pancake
김치전 (Kimchijun)
Kimchi Pancake ($20.00++)
(A-la-carte order, not included in buffet)

My love towards Korean Pancake starts after lunching with my colleagues at Koryo Restaurant. Due to the high content of flour, this starchy pancake seems to resemble alittle to hawker-styled white carrot cake. The addition of kimchi to this dish makes it flavourful and the slight sourishness makes it a nice appetizer. Having tried both kimchi pancake from Ju Shin Jung and Koryo Restaurant, my preference is inclined towards the one served in Ju Shin Jung. The strong kimchi and slight sourishness makes it more than just flour in my opinion.

Black Angus Sirloin I

This thick slab of beef has the essence of the charcoal flame and having seared nicely on the exterior, the juice is locked within the meat. No doubt, the most sought-after dish for the night.

Black Angus Sirloin II
생등심 (Deungsim)
Black Angus Sirloin, 160g ($49.00++)
(A-la-carte order, not included in buffet)

Ordering a-la-carte at this place is not a cheap affair and having to feed two hungry boys, we opted for the buffet dinner. Do note that 6 dishes (Fried Saba Fish, Clear Beef Rib Soup, Hot Stone Bowl Rice, Soya Bean Soup, Spicy Tofu Soup and Spicy Cold Noodle) are included in the buffet but each pax is only allowed one dish.

Saba is nice and tender with a crispy skin but I thought this dish is pretty reproducible so nothing to rave about.

Fried Saba Fish
고등어 (Jaban)
Fried Saba Fish

This is one of the recommended dishes and I have to admit that the soup is rich with essence of the beef. Not too oily and the meat is tender and flake off the bone easily. Since we ordered only 1 portion, the serving shown in the picture is just one quarter.

Clear Beef Rib Soup
갈비탕 (Galbitang)
Clear Beef Rib Soup

BiBimBap is a must-have, given Yuan's liking towards this dish. Our personal take towards this dish is that if one pays more than 10 bucks in a proper restaurant, the quality or taste is about the same. Something nice to accompany our BBQ meat.

Hot Stone Bowl Rice
돌솥비빔밥 (Dolsot)
Hot Stone Bowl Rice

I have to admit that the waiters are attentive to our eating pace. The waiter makes it a point to cook one or at most two types of meat at a time, thereby allowing us some time to finish them before cooking the next batch of meat. Also, the grill is changed after BBQ-ing each meat to ensure that the charred remains from previous cooking will not contaminate the next round of BBQ-ing.

The tenderness of the meat depends alot on which waiter is serving and so far, all the meat cooked for that night is acceptable and not overly tough. My only complain for this place is that the place is expensive, particularly if the order is a-la-carte. Also, having seated at close proximity near the BBQ area, one can expect to smell like a piece of BBQ meat at the end of the meal.

Surprisingly despite chalking up a bill of $240 for 4 pax, this place did tempt Yuan to drop by again within the same week.

Unlimited BBQ

Anyway, the Unlimited BBQ includes only 4 types of meat for charcoal grill, namely Pork Collar, Pork Belly, Marinated Pork and Marinated Chicken.

Unlimited BBQ
Lunch - $29++ (Adult), $16++ (Child)
Dinner (Monday to Thursday only) - $35++ (Adult), $19++ (Child)
Dinner Unlimited BBQ is not available on Public Holiday Eve and Public Holiday

Ju Shin Jung, West
Korean Charcoal BBQ Restaurant
27 West Coast Highway
Yess Centre 1F
Singapore 117867
Tel: 6464 0872

Operating hours -
Open everyday except Monday Lunch
noon to 2:30pm (Lunch)
6pm to 11pm (Dinner)


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