After passing by this restaurant several times on our way to the almost adjacent (and also very good) Pho Que Huong, we decided to try Jin Mi for lunch yesterday. I'm very glad we did.
Jin Mi is a small, unassuming and very casual place with a broader menu than the only other Korean restaurant I am aware of in Plano, Korean Garden (reviewed previously). Jin Mi also is a self-contained space, as opposed to Korean Garden's unusual dining room arrangement: shared space with a sushi restaurant, a cosmetics store and the interior windows of May Hua supermarket and bakery.
Jin Mi has many of the Korean "standards," such as Bi Bim Bap, Kimchee Soup, Bul Kol Gi, Korean Barbecued Short Ribs and Jap Chae. We tried a Seafood Pancake for an appetizer (it generously served three), Bul Kol Gi and Jap Chae. The dishes we tried on Saturday had high-quality ingredients, very good taste, and some subtle textures and flavors that I haven't found in my past experiences with Korean food. (Disclosure: I have not yet been to Korea, and my experience is limited to restaurants in Chicago, New York and the Dallas area.) All of the dishes we ordered were in the $8 - $10 range.
The panchan -- the small "free" side dishes served with the main course -- included a "gringo" (i.e., not at all spicy) kimchee, pickled gherkins with chili sauce, dried "baby" anchovies, a fairly standard potato salad (which seems to make its way onto Korean tables in many places), lightly pickled bean sprouts and two or three others. They were all fresh and very tasty.
The English-language menu has very good descriptions of the many dishes. There were also three specials on a chalkboard, described in Korean characters. The menu includes a number of lunch specials, served Monday through Friday. Our server spoke English like a native, and I am sure he would have been happy to discuss preparations and ingredients if we had asked.
I am eager to return and try some of the less familiar dishes, including the fairly broad selection of fish and shellfish. I also want to find out whether they have dishes prepared on tabletop stoves, which are common in some Korean restaurants.
I highly recommend stopping by.
Jin Mi Korean Cuisine
2727 W. 15th Street (in shopping center at the NE corner of Independence)
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