Jee Cee Neh

Critics' choice
Michelle Grant
New Malden, Surrey

Translating as ‘my neighbour Jee’, Jee Cee Neh is an apt moniker for this restaurant, which has a decidedly homespun feel. It’s often packed, with a mix of Korean and Western customers, and at weekends is a popular family lunch spot.

Like the venue, the authentic dishes are homely and unpretentious. Japch’ae, for example, comes with less finely cut batons of veg than you’d get in central London, plus plenty of earthy flavour – and succulent beef strips. As with most New Malden Korean restaurants, barley tea and a few side dishes come free with your meal; the latter included boiled carrot and potato slices in koch’ujang chilli sauce, crunchy, salted mung beansprouts and a complex, well-aged kimchi.

Barbecue dishes make a good choice here, as do stews such as spicy kimchi and pork or soft tofu and seafood, served with boiled rice. We also tried kang pung gi, a dish that originated in China: chunks of double-fried chicken thigh, encased (as they should be) in a crisp yet chewy batter. The slick of spicy sauce they were coated in was on the sweet side. Service can be variable, but usually comes with a smile.

 

Venue name: Jee Cee Neh
Contact:
Address: 74 Burlington Road
London
KT3 4NU
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Wed, Fri. Meals served 11am-11pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: New Malden rail
Price: Main courses £7-£13

Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:1
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:1
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jack z

I have been visiting this restaurant for more 10 times, all with my wife. 


I have to say this restaurant provides fair korean food for a little less price than the other better ones. So if you want to try out some korean food, I still recommend you to go there without spending a lot.


The other day I visited the restaurant again all by myself as my wife was busy. I ordered three dishes, one kim chi pan-fried, one rice cake, one bibiboom (rick with beef). I had been served kim chi pan-fried and bibiboom firstly, the last one was the rice cake when I found out they gave me a very small proportion for this. I told them that I had been here for like 10 times, and asked them to check the size of the dish if it was alright. But soon a man came over to say they always serve the rice cake like this size. But I knew I was treated unfairly, all they were doing now was giving me a very small proportion because I was just one person alone. And they kept saying that I was never tried that so I did not know. Actually the rice cake was supposed to be served in a big plate with a very big proportion that is enough for 2 people.


So I cancelled my rice cake, and they said OK. Actually when the man was talking to me, he was even sitting on the dinning table, which was supposed to be used for people to put food on top. I thought he just wanted other people not to see us talking about this.


So here this was my experience with this restaurant, I will still recommend the food for new triers if you are not too picky. But I will also recommend you to go with your friends always, not alone!

Ellen Dutton

This is my second favourite Korean restaurant after Ham Gi Pak. Although not as cheap, we had a huge meal and a couple of beers for £30 Apart from having to pay for KimChi, I think this place is great. Their potato kimchi is incredible and they Korean fried chicken is the best in London - the texture is unusual, being slightly chewy and crispy and the taste is devine! The staff in their are always friendly and the food comes super quick! If you get the BBQ make sure to get the lettuce side. Also no matter what you order, make sure you get the pajeon for a starter!

John

Similar problem to other users, 9 of us bill came to 190 ish pounds. Which we simply cannot figure out why, we found out afterwards their '10%' service charge was more like 20%... Waiter was rude, ignored us most of the night, didn't like the tone, we asked how the bass was cooked to which he replied: how can I know. Just not happy with the experience.

Malcolm Kendall

Family of five - bill came to 105 pounds. No desserts, no wine. Bill was in Korean and had no way to check it was correct. 10% service charge added . The price guide is wrong. Food is good - but it helps if you speak Korean as the waitress did not understand us.

Timothy Han

Being a fellow Korean with fairly high standards I decided to visit this restaurant mostly down to fact it received 5 stars from Time out. I visited this restaurant on the 18th of Febuary 2012, we was sat down in almost what it seem to me as the VIP section of the restaurant, after being seated the waiter politely came over and gave us a cup of complimentary brown rice tea along with the menu. Overall the menu was quite simple and included many traditional dishes. I ordered my all time favourite dish Galbi tang (Korean rib soup) and my partner ordered Doenjang jjigae (Fermented soy bean soup). The food arrived within 20 minutes and the usual side dishes including kimchi was included the only downsides to the wait was that our cup of tea was not refilled even though we made it obvious that it was empty. But to sum up the whole experience, the food was delicious and the ambience was great and to be honest with you, I would definitely visit this restaurant again!