Jan Chi (Invited)

Monday, March 25, 2019 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Jan Chi is a new Korean cocktail bar and eatery, own by a powerful duo. Steve JH Ryu (Head Chef) graduated in 2009 from Culinary Institute of America in New York than he trained in a high reputation restaurants such as MASA, Momofuku Ssam in USA then move on to Melbourne; Lucy Liu and Spice Temple. SJ Min (Venue Manager) she studies atLe Cordon Bleu in Adelaide and has worked in the industry for a long time for people like Gordon Ramsay (Maze) and our own iconic Chin Chin, she also move around to Kisume as it is in under the same management of Lucas Group.
I was greeted by SJ Min her self upon entering the restaurant. They were so nice even in the emails. We requested high chair for my kid but they say they don't have one cause of the high stool bar setting but they offers me solution such as high stool bar chair with back support and even offer to buy high chair specially for my visit. How amazing is that? In the end we use the high stool chair with back support and bring our own booster seats, which work out just fine.

Honestly, I have a very low knowledge regarding soju, the only soju I know is the common one sold in most Korean restaurant, packaged in green bottle (saw it in most Korean dramas too). Upon seating, SJ Min explain a lil bit about Hwayo. It's natural rice soju, made 100% Korean rice without any artificial ingredient, distilled and aged in Ongi barrel. High quality pure soju, different than the green bottle soju which has been diluted with other ingredients. I picked one of their signature drinks to try; Yuja Martini - Hwayo 41, sweet tangy Korean citrus Yuja, simple sugar syrup, lime ($18).

Beef Tartare - nashi pear, egg yolk, crispy wontons ($18), Hwayo Cured Salmon - chojang, yuja vinaigrette, wild rice puff, mandarin ($19) and Jeju Green Tea Smoked Duck - duck breast, beetroot salad, black sesame dressing ($18). Out of all the dish that night, the three of the small plates are my favourite. Crispy wontons with nicely cut and marinated beef tartare was very well match, especially with fresh nashi pear. Arguably my favourite beef tartare combinations. Then salmon holds light mandarin flavour, so aromatic and fresh. Last but not least super smokey duck, thinly slice and served cold with light black sesame dressing. In love!

Gourmet Mushroom Fried Rice - shiitake, shimeji, enoki, oyster mushroom, black and white fungus, sesame oil ($15), Pan Fried Rice Cake - hot spicy Gochujang, Tuscan kale, shredded cheese, crispy shallots ($14). and Asian Green Vegetables ($11). My kid gots fried rice and he loves it, flavourful, not too greasy but tasty. Then tokbokki arrived, I know in his heart my husband is very happy. Twice fried tokbokki definitely delicious and taste way above average. Honestly, tokbokki is not normally my favourite but this version is actually delicious and I keep eating it. Crispy, cheesy and lightly sauced.

Braised Beef Short Rib - 12hr Angus beef short rib, Fuji apple, Nashi pear soy, Fuji apple coleslaw ($33). Bone in, 450-470g. The dishes are innovative, creative and playful Korean dishes but still holds the original strong flavour exist in the Traditional Korean dishes. This dish actually ranks number 6 in Time Out Magazine last year. What I love about their dishes are, even their garnishes were good. Point in case, their Nashi pear was perfectly grilled, smokey, charred flavour then end with juicy sweet pear. Then the apple coleslaw was fresh, lifted up the whole dish and supports the ribs nicely.

Purple Berry Sorbet - mixed berries, Bockbbunja, crème de cassis sorbet with fresh berries ($11). They only have two dessert in this restaurant, I do wish they have more options. Bockbbunja is a Korean fruit wine, made from bokbunja. This is my first time trying them and the whole dish was a bit sour at first but then refreshing and enjoyable. The sourness actually makes them a bit addictive, very easy to finish.

They have a feed me $49/pp which I highly recommended or if you love appetisers as much as I do, they have picked 3 dishes for $40 for small dishes. I wish all restaurants have that options cause it allows customers to taste more and help indecisive person like me to decide what to order. Until the very end, the customer service was flawless. Just for that, I would love to come again. I was tempted to order their KFC for takeaway but I refrain my self cause I'm not going to be home for the next few days. I'll come back for that.

JAN CHI Korean Feast Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Jan Chi
362 Bridge Rd
Richmond VIC 3121