Review: Jung Sung, Chippendale

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 5 March 2021

If you’re looking to impress your date with contemporary Korean cuisine, Jung Sung will tick all the boxes.

Jung Sung celebrates traditional Korean cuisine with a whimsical, modern, and sophisticated offering. The menu is Korean cuisine, but not as you know it – and no Korean BBQ insight.

Head Chef InSup Kim has previously worked at Altitude in the Shangri-La Sydney at a stack of Michelin starred restaurants across New York. His food philosophy is to shift the perception of Korean food. To do just that, Kim fuses authentic Korean cooking techniques with modern methods using local Australian produce and botanicals.

Diners can choose between a four-course ($135) or a six-course ($178) menu, complete with matching wines. Wine aficionados will love Jung Sung’s extensive drink’s list with wines from France, Australia, Italy, Hungary, along with premium Korean wine, sake, soju, beer, and cocktails.

We enjoyed the six-course degustation, which featured a trio of entrees, one main (with three mains to choose from), and two decadent desserts.

I find it hard to resist any dish with black garlic or anchovy and was thrilled that our final entrée dish – Catch of the Day Snapper – included both. And I’d be remiss not to mention the delicious Moreton Bay Bug two ways, soy-marinated and butter-poached, served with a decorative (almost too stunning to eat), deconstructed Bibimbap of puffed grains, seaweed, and eggs.

For our mains, my dining companion opted for the succulent Wagyu beef (MB 9+) with a 10-year brewed soy sauce and jalapeno jus; while I chose the crispy pork belly, flavourful pork jowl, brussel sprout kimchi, peach puree, and toasted macadamia.

Plated to impress, all the dishes at Jung Sung were artistically and beautifully presented. Diners will find it hard to resist photographing and posting their meals, with their standout Instagrammable dish being the unique sweet corn. The dish was presented like a traditional corn cob, but it’s actually a caramelised dessert of Denjang sweet corn custard, soya sauce, pistachios, and puffed spicy rice.

You’ll find Jung Sung located on the third level of the Old Rum Store at Chippendale’s bustling Kensington Street precinct. The modern architecture complements the dark industrial décor of stone and metal, with copper touches throughout the venue. The glass windows flood the restaurant with natural light and give it a New York loft feel. Plus, Jung Sung offers indoor and outdoor dining with a large wrap-around balcony.

Jung Sung is open six days a week (Tuesday to Sunday) for lunch and dinner. Bookings are essential. Secure your spot here.