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Exquisite Rice Bowls in Denpasar

hellobali, Apr, 05, 2017

Location
Following the success of Japanese restaurants Rayjin and Kajin, in Seminyak, comes Jin Jin. The first of its kind in the neighbouring area, Jin Jin’s focus is on delicious, modern donburiteppan. This means there is little raw fish on the menu but 21 rice bowls mixing the classic taste of Japan with bolder Indonesian spices. However, unlike its other siblings located 30 minutes to the west, Jin Jin’s setup is all about casual group dining, hanging out and sitting there using up all the Wi-Fi. At walking distance from the immigration office there’s plenty of Western customers mixed with the locals, while Go-Jek riders find its a popular choice for takeaway lovers.

Setting
Jin Jin brings Japanese culture straight to your plate, from the moment you reach the huge sliding door. A smiling staff member, dressed in denim blue, will greet you with ‘kon’nichiwa Jin Jin e yōkoso’. And, you can hear more Japanese yelled from the kitchen every time an order is placed. “One of the first things our staff are taught isn’t the cooking or waitering but how to speak Japanese,” says Stephania Cornelia, marketing manager at the Kaminari Group. Add a Tokyo (what else) painting on the wall, an open kitchen and wooden interior, and Jin Jin flaunts a contemporary Japanese style.

Food and Drink
Have you ever tried to make sushi rice with Balinese rice? Well, it’s a recipe for disaster. For the perfect texture to their white grain, Jin Jin import seeds from Japan before growing the rice in West Java. But the attention to details doesn’t stop there. The ontama eggs, served with most rice bowls, are cooked in a soufflé machineat exactly 63°, ensuring both the yolk and white pop in a rich and creamy explosion. Classics such as chicken teriyaki sell best, but there are plenty of playful combinations in the chef special steak don or pork belly katsu. Every bowl is priced under IDR 100.000 and there is the option to swap-out rice for salad.

 

Jin Jin
Jl. Kapten Cok Agung Tresna, No. 37C, Denpasar
T: 0361 4456 651
kaminarigroup.com