|Jin Han Gong Korean Restaurant
|11:30am - 10pm|
|2/F, 25 Dakejia Ln., Chunxi Rd.|
|028 8665 8503|
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Mark Hiew (more chengdu)|
There are a number of reasonably authentic Asian restaurants in the Chunxi Road area, many of them within the Isetan and Ito Yokado malls. Just around the corner is Jin Han Gong, located next to a Brazilian barbeque, whose moderate prices and central location will be enough for those shoppers looking for a reasonable meal off the commercial thoroughfare.
The restaurant’s rectangular dining space is lined with four-top tables, each outfitted with barbeque stove. Korean pop plays lightly, demure light shades, and full-length mirrors offer a mood that is sufficiently contemporary and elegant. Securing a window booth provides an ideal spot for people-watching, if that is your thing. The bilingual, full picture menu features a solid variety of set BBQ platters, catering to everyone from romantic couples, the Valentine set goes for 68RMB, to families (128RMB) and parties of eight (300RMB).
Prices are generally mid-range, with black pepper beef (28RMB) and Australian beef (48RMB) among the individual selections.
Other than ready-to-roast meats, Jin Han Gong’s fried pancakes are particularly good. Try the potato version (12RMB), which is light, fluffy, and rather addictive. The tofu soup (12RMB) was accommodating to vegetarians with its slightly bitter spice, chunky tofu pieces and enoki mushrooms adding up to a reasonably valued soup.
More disappointing was the uninspired battered, fried pork strip with raspberry sauce (28RMB), which came out lukewarm, and with a plate presentation that was more Sesame Street than sophisticated. A variety of noodles (12-22RMB) and rice individual portions (15-28RMB) help to round out the meal or satisfy, and Korean and domestic alcohol is available. Expect to pay between 30-50RMB per head.
Service was passable, if a little careless, and the whole establishment had a feel that suggested a corporate chain. Sadly, Jin Han Gong’s a long way from world class, and out here, we’re a long way off from Seoul.