Monday, September 7, 2015

The Joomak (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★☆☆☆

There has been no shortage of new Korean fusion restaurants in the city so far this year and The Joomak is the latest one to join the party in September. Situated inside the LCX of the Harbour City Shopping complex, this is the first overseas branch of The Joomax, a restaurant that has received raving reviews back home in Korea.

The restaurant boasts a loving harbour view and a simple minimalist contemporary décor that is ideal for its casual dining theme.

The food menu promises a lot of surprises and is highlighted by a number of traditional Korean dishes with an Italian twist including their spicy fried chicken with a special carbonara sauce.

We went with their set menus and first up was a porcini mushroom soup that was served lukewarm. Interestingly enough, this was not your typical porcini mushroom soup with a silky smooth texture but instead, they have added something sticky like glutinous rice (risotto?) in there to make it a little interesting. OK but nothing to write home about.

The other starter was a simple salad with a
shrimp spring roll.

I thought the main dishes were slightly better than what they have to offer in the appetizer section of this meal. The stir-fried spicy pork with rice ($78) was pretty spicy which was exactly the way I like it but where's the Italian connection?

Less impressive was the Korean fried Yi Mein with prawns ($88). I was really hoping that they would use some sort of pasta (fettuccine?) to give it an unique Italian twist so this was a little bit of a letdown (and a little too much pepper!).

Finally, an ice cold honey with yuzu before we settle the bill.

I was really looking forward to get a lick of their popular desserts including this giant green tea pudding with red beans but too bad it only came with one size and I had no space for more food at this point.

This was a place I had high hopes for largely because of its Korean-Italian connection but unfortunately it wasn't there when we paid our lunch visit.

Food Rating: 4/10
Price: $$$
Address: LCX Shop 34, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 2111-0851

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