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.
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