The restaurant group behind the now-closed Kinn in Koreatown (additionally Hanchic and Chimmelier) is transferring rapidly to benefit from the restaurant's empty house. Companions Dong Kyuk Lee, Kevin Son, and Jeff Jun are opening Jilli in Kinn's Sixth Road eating room tonight, January 18, serving trendy Korean meals. (Chef Ki Kim's moderately priced tasting menu restaurant, Kinn, closed resulting from chef burnout on the finish of 2023.) With a reputation meaning “the way in which, the reality,” Jilli will serve enjoyable dishes with Korean flavors for soju. , makgeoli, pure wine, and craft beer in a minimalist eating room.
The listing of small bites consists of gimbap full of squid, kimchi and fish cake; tuna mayonnaise with crackers; a wedge salad with kimchi dressing; and honey butter chips, a home made model of the favored comfort snack. On the informal bites menu is a Momofuku-inspired thigh-filled hen bao; kimchi-cherry tomato bruschetta; shrimp toast; and fried rice desserts with candy gochujang sauce. Chimmelier followers will discover three flavors of wings: honey butter, “yang-yum” sweet-spicy, and unique dry. Tables may also share orders of curry hen katsu, kimchi bacon rigatoni with vodka sauce, gochujang peanut noodles, and hen nurungi, the closely browned rice on the backside of the rice cooker.
Though the drinks will develop into extra accessible than Kinn's listing, the restaurant group's affinity for pure wines and high-end spirits may make for some attention-grabbing Korean foods and drinks pairings. The Sicilian Biddizza orange wine involved with the pores and skin or riesling Staffelter Hof “Paradies” provides a recent and punchy acid sipper with sweet-spicy flavors. There may be additionally a traditional Terra Korean Lager and recent Chamisul that’s served in each bar in Ok-City. Between bites of cheese curds, imbibe in hazy IPA, craft Angma makgeoli, or Gained Mae maesil-ju, a plum liqueur that dates again to the Goryeo dynasty.
Whereas the recipe for enjoyable and straightforward Korean meals with soju and beer is nothing new in LA, the Chimmelier crew takes cues from influential locations in Seoul and New York Metropolis to deliver this youthful vibe to Koreatown. In a number of weeks, Jilli shall be serving Chimmelier's widespread fried hen throughout the day.
Jilli is open Wednesday via Sunday from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 3905 W. Sixth Road, Los Angeles, CA 90020.