J-Story is one of those restaurants I don’t have strong feelings for. Not in a good or bad way. A casual Korean modern restaurant which philosophy is to “heal people with foods”, and speciality is in its porridge.
Established by global franchise company Daehoga, J-Story is located at a quiet basement of Capitol Piazza (the other branch at East Point), and was about a quarter (or less) occupied both times I was there.
The type of eatery that you would stumble upon and walk in, compared to those Korean restaurants which you would effort-fully gather a group of friends to have a good time with.
Other than 8 types of porridge sold, including Abalone ($12.90), Ginseng & Chicken ($8.90), Crab ($12.90), and Mushroom & Vegetable ($8.90), the ‘health’ element is not too apparent on the menu.
To its benefit, there is free flow kimchi, spicy cucumber, lettuce and soup, which I think is a value-add.
I ordered the Spicy Stir Fried Chicken better known as ‘Dakgalbi’ ($19.80), Korean Ginseng Chicken ($9.80 for half, $18.80 for whole), Chicken Terriyaki Mixed Rice and Sweet and Sour Chicken & Sweet Potato ($8.80).
While online reviews have not been glowing, food and service were average-acceptable. I liked the Sweet and Sour Chicken in terms of the covering sauce and tenderness, though there is a Chinese-twang to its taste.
The Chinese-speaking staff did try her best to explain some of the Korean dishes (though with some difficulty).
What the restaurant perhaps lacks is some authenticity, or at least an impression of its authenticity.
Compared to traditional Korean restaurants where food are commonly more hearty, robust and spicy, the flavours are muted and fall somewhere in the middle. Could be a starting point for a customer looking for no-fuss, not intense Korean (that feels like Chinese) food.
NEUE B2-53 Capitol Piazza, 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Tel: +65 6384 1020
* Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.