JINBAR, the highly anticipated debut restaurant and bar concept from chef Jinhee Lee celebrated its grand opening in Bridgeland this week. Lee graduated from SAIT’s Culinary Program and has become a well-known chef in Canada as both a former competitor on Top Chef Canada and current judge on Food Network’s Wall of Chefs.
While only recently returning to Canada after some much-needed time off, Lee has been working on the concept for JINBAR for months. Diners can expect robust flavours inspired by Lee’s Korean roots presented in a casual style as her menu focuses on salty, addictive dishes such as fried chicken and pizza. Dishes such as Kimchi Mac & Cheese, Dragon’s Breath JINBAR Fried Chicken Sandwich, Honey Garlic Butter Fried Chicken, and Korean Beef Bulgogi Pizza are just a few examples of what one can expect.
JINBAR’s fried chicken takes centre stage here and comes in a variety of Korean flavours. It has already won over hearts for its crunchy skin and juicy meat. Lee uses dark meat, which is marinated for 12 hours to ensure the chicken always comes out flavourful.
In addition to the vigorous food menu, JINBAR boasts specialty cocktails and an extensive list of wine and beer. The newly minted restaurateur says she plans to showcase cocktail features with recipes created by seasoned professionals from the Canadian food and hospitality industry. The current feature cocktail “Jin Jin Mule”, made with ginseng-infused gin, was created by Saskatoon-based restaurateur Christopher Cho.