Jina Yoo’s: It’s been quite a while since I’ve made a stop at Jina Yoo’s. It’s partly the location – Forum’s not exactly date night material – and partly the service. When we are in that part of town it’s with the kids and Jina’s never been known for speedy service. So, a year’s gone by. Far too long for a restaurant that rarely disappointed on the food front. Also, the word on the street’s been positive and they’ve changed up the menu quite a bit.
I didn’t hold out a lot of of hope for the “Bulgogi Philly Wrap” but lo and behold: Korean fusion that actually works. The meat makes the trip over from their bulgogi bowl and appears with lettuce, horseradish sauce and just enough melting pepperjack cheese to ward off a soggy tortilla. Seriously, it’s good. (Note: I’d link to their website but it’s so catastrophically unintelligible it won’t help you glean any further information. No matter, you know where Jina Yoo’s is…just give them another try.)
After the jump: Sycamore, La Terraza and a Chim’s Thai Kitchen update…
Sycamore: On most nights this is the best place in town, but underseasoned fish has been an issue from time to time. Local option trout usually escapes this fate. The pan-fried fluke was enjoyable yesterday, but only after a salting that should’ve taken place in the kitchen. On the flip side, my 7 year-old dining companion’s fried cod with mashed potatoes and bacon-braised kale was excellent.
La Terraza Grill: As they approach one year of being open, Peachtree Plaza’s Jalisco-style Mexican restaurant is going strong (slightly chewy tacos de pastor the other day aside). The molcajete, tacos de carne asada and fajitas remain good options.
Chim’s Thai Kitchen: “Next week, just one more inspection,” Chim’s daughter told me when I ran into at Chinese Wok Express last week. We’ll see, but the inside does look completed and the open kitchen is going to be a lot of fun. If the Jefferson City location’s early days are any guide, it’s going to take a while to hit their stride – but it will be worth it.