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Korean BBQ, Jonga Jip, Eastwood

There is really not a shortage of Korean Restaurants in Eastwood. The problem is to choose which one! Mum has heard wonderful things about Jonga Jip, which is located on Rowe Street in Eastwood. It is a fairly new-ish restaurant, I know my old optometrist used to be here before they moved across the street.

Jonga Jip is a Korean BBQ, which means grilling meats directly at the dining table in front of you. Now I am not usually fond of Korean BBQs for two reasons. The first being the smell. As much as I love Korean BBQ, I don’t like smelling like food, and Korean BBQ, well, the smell lingers and your whole body, including hair smells! Secondly, you cook your own food, now if you are extremely hungry (like me all the time!), the last thing you want to do is cook your own food, even after waiting for it to arrive! However, it is a fun way to eat.

Unfortunately Jonga Jip does not take reservations, we rocked up about 6.30pm and had to wait 20 mins before we were seated. The place was buzzing, people queuing outside to go in, a good sign indeed!

There were so many choices, I knew my brother, F, wanted beef and lots of it. My sis-in-law, O, and I wanted at least ONE pork dish!

We started with banchan – which are a number of small side dishes. It consisted of glass noodles (Japchae), potato salad, soybean sprouts, Radish Muchee, Fish Cake, and KIMCHEE which was my favourite!

Only Mum, O and I love kimchee – so MORE for us! I once made kimchee fried rice, and loved it. ‘The Mother’ didn’t though, so no guessing who ate it all!

We ordered two servings of the Galbi – thick cut boneless short rib with marinated sauce. The beef was incredible tender and the marinated sauce amazingly good! This was probably one of our favourites.

The saeng galbi – thick cut fresh boneless short rib, again succulent and tender. Even without the marinated sauce, this was tasty.

The pork belly was probably my favourite. Deliciously succulent with slither of fat, YUM!

We also ordered bulgogi – Korean dish that consists of marinated BBQ beef, mushrooms and onions and was served on a hot skillet plate. It sizzled as it arrived on our table and this was magnificent. Full of flavour and deliciously succulent.

We did order a serve of bibimbap, the word literary means ‘mixed meal’ and served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chilli pepper paste) topped with raw egg. Mixed together and add extra chilli, this was a favourite amongst the diners. Unfortunately, O was too quick in mixing it together and serving it to all of us that I forgot to take a photo of it! You will have to just trust me that it was excellent!

The seafood pajeon (pancake) is also awesome. Thin pancake with lots of seafood, eaten hot, it was just so hard to stop. I think we fought for every single peace!

I love the convenient table service button! The service was efficient and friendly.

I do love the spoon. I have seen this spoon in many K-dramas, and had to buy one!

If you are not keen for the bbq, there are other options, there is bulgogi (which we ordered), bibimbap or naengmyeon (cold noodles soups) on offer. I am definitely keen to go back, the smell was well worth it. The total cost of meal was $100 for five people, which I thought was quite reasonable.

It was a wonderful dinner with family! No doubt we will be back.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Jonga Jip

87 Rowe Street

Eastwood 2122

Ph: +61 2 9858 5160

Jonga Jip on Urbanspoon

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  1. Lil
    May 5, 2011 at 5:06 am

    I went here on Tuesday night for the first time and it was really nice! They’ve given the most banchan I’ve ever had at any Korean restaurant. We asked for refills of potato multiple times hahah XD

  2. May 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I love korean food.. my bet is that it will be the next big food wave to hit Sydney…

    • May 5, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      i love korean food too! will have to go on a hunt for the best korean food in sydney!

  3. April 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    thank u for comming~~ ^^ I am a headchef my name is james lee when you come our restaurant again please let me know. i will serve you some free food..kk anyway thank you so much

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