JO-A Kitchen: Korean Fusion Dining

Korean Fusion comes to Bacolod in JO-A Kitchen – Bacolod’s first Korean Fusion restaurant.  JO-A is located on corner 22nd and Lacson streets where the old Pizza Republic used to be.

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The exterior and interior of JO-A are both minimalistic in design.  They didn’t change much from the old Pizza Republic.  The restaurant has plenty of space.

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The sides are divided with metal frames that have plastic plants as decor.  It’s quite an unusual decorative choice but it fits well with the urban/minimalistic aesthetic.

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The restaurant’s main attraction is the cheap unlimited Samgyeopsal and the delicious pasta dishes.  They have Korean Rice meals and some Korean dishes good for sharing.

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We began ordering. A popular dish that we kept seeing online is the Jo-A’s platter. It is a huge dish that has salad, Nachos, onion rings, hashbrowns, garlic bread, Spinach lumpia and French fries.  The platter comes with three sauces – a sweet and sour sauce, ketchup-mayo and soy sauce (for the lumpia).

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Jo-A’s platter 400 php. This is a nice dish because it has a little bit of everything!

We ordered two kinds of Gimbap. The Gimbap is a good deal since it is priced at just 150-200 pesos and served with salad. The rice they use for the Gimbap is a combination red and white rice so the whole thing is very filling.

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Tuna Gimbap
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That’s a lot of sauce.

The Bulgogi rice meal looks and tastes great.  The sweet-savory taste of the Bulgogi goes very well with the salad.   Very nice.

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If you ordered a Gimbap and a Korean unlimited rice meal you’ll quickly get tired of the rice. It’s a bit monotonous to eat so much rice at once.  We recommend breaking up the monotony with some of Jo-A’s pasta instead.

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Bulgogi Pasta.  The pasta dishes are unique and interesting – definitely worth trying out.

The main dish that Jo-A Kitchen has is their Samgyeopsal. From the start you know you’re in for a treat!  The meat is brought in on boards with mint and lemons. A small stove is set up in front of you with an egg omelet and corn in small compartments.

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Have the waiter squeeze the lemons onto the pork and shred the mint while cooking. It results in a flavorful taste experience.

The meat is very aromatic when it is being cooked.

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Service is excellent – the staff kept making sure that our water jugs were kept filled and they kept coming with the meat and the other ingredients.

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Here’s our video on our visit to Jo-A Kitchen!

 

Jo-A kitchen is located at 22nd street, Corner Lacson Street (where the old Pizza Republic used to be)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JO-A-Kitchen-Korean-Fusion-Dining-1907801485965928/

Opens from 11am – 11pm

The Bacolod Food Hunters did not accept any payments or freebies for this review

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