Celestial libation: Kim Tonic, ginseng infusions and Bamboo Soju Bar
The Mr Kim Tonic cocktail at Bamboo Soju Bar, beside Saveurs de Coree Korean restaurant in Ju’er Hutong, just off Nanluguoxiang. Soju, tonic and more: it looks celestial here. Maybe Mr Kim Moons the World would be a better name.
I’m told one of the secrets of this tasty beverage is a splash of red vinegar drink made with Cornelius ‘cherries’, which aren’t really cherries — they hail from the dogwood family — but nevertheless taste good in this recipe.
Seating available at the bar or small tables make this a good spot for a drink pre-meal, post-meal or both. The restaurant next door has a courtyard that will be a nice spot to enjoy some bibimbap once spring has sprung. Both places are run by King-Tai Chow and Eun-Jung Yoo.
The Bambooze list: What, no pots of lemon soju? Beer and other drinks are also available. I also recommend adding a cocktail called Juche that customers are forced to make themselves.
Three-year-old and five-year-old ginseng-infused soju is a mere rmb19 per shot.
Chow arrived as I finished my Kim Tonic, so we tried a shot.
It looks clean but tastes dirty — in a good way. Maybe earthy is a better word, with the rooty ginseng flavor big and enduring. Bonus: Ginseng is good for your health.
Seating available at the bar or small tables.