Jin Ju Jin Ju
5203 N. Clark St. (Foster Ave.)
Chicago, IL 60640
Cuisine: Korean
Traditional Korean cuisine gets an upscale, contemporary makeover at this sleek, exposed-brick storefront.
Openings: Dinner nightly


  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested
Jin Ju, Chicago, IL

Jin Ju Restaurant Review:

Korean fare goes modern at this stylish spot with a small sit-down bar up front, dark-wood tables and a large mirror decorating deep crimson walls. Savvy servers fluently explain the exotic offerings on the menu, while the kitchen refines these classics. Haemul pajun, for example, comes with tender seafood piled on top of, rather than embedded in, the scallion pancake. The mandoo (dumplings) stuffed with kimchi are as tender and punchy as can be. Meanwhile, san chae bibimbap is finished with a fried egg and spicy red pepper sauce. Kalbi, marinated and grilled short ribs, arrive cut off the bone and stacked amid lettuce leaves. If you want something fiery, the squid with green chilies and onions in red pepper sauce, or dak doritang, a chicken and potato casserole, are definitely the way to go. And don't miss the dolsot bibimbap, a potpourri of rice, beef, vegetables and egg sizzling in a stone pot. Sojutinis made with Korean sweet potato liquor are the cocktails of choice, but you also can sip soju straight to savor its smoothness.

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