Buying just two items from a menu hardly seems to justify writing a review. However, I loved my experience at Mr Ji’s so much that an Instagram caption and post wouldn’t do it justice the way a mini blog post could, so here goes….
In short: I LOVED IT!
From the beginning though….
I had ventured out to Camden to try something different for lunch and to fuel future info for the blog – cue The Big Cheese chorizo raclette which was seriously yummy. Most people would probably go and curl up somewhere to hibernate whilst digesting that cheesy goodness, but it was at this point that I remembered Mr Ji’s was only a pop-up and is due to close soon so I had to go on a mission to find the chicken the size of your head!
Although not in the heart of Camden market, the location of this small pop-up suits it so well. Only a short walk from the tube station, down a street with local pubs and wholefood shops, from the outside it seems unassuming other than the vibrant and iconic image of Mr Ji in his sunglasses. Step inside, however, and the combination glowing of neon lights, what I believe to be Taiwanese typography art on the walls, and young professionals spread out across high benches, creates an inviting and unpretentious atmosphere.
Of course I had to order ‘The Big Ji’ and have a bit of a giggle with the servers to laugh at the pun which I assume is intended. I chose BBQ flavour which I was surprised to find actually had quite a quick when it turned up but it was delicious all the same. Ironically I had opted not to have cayenne as I thought it would be too spicy! Also on offer was ketchup but I thought this was too British, again ironically I still went for a western flavour. I found out afterwards it’s actually gluten free and healthier than fried chicken which is a bonus for those with coeliac disease or who are more health conscious than I am (most people!).
I had seen plenty of blog posts about the sweet potato donuts but at this point I truly was stuffed so had to make do by lovingly inhaling the smell of them from the group next to me and asking the girls if they tasted as good as they smell. The answer was ‘better’.
What also impressed me besides the food was the service, it wasn’t just ‘service with a smile’ but was people who seemed to have a genuine passion for the food they were selling. A man came in with his partner and seemed intent on being an absolute pain who couldn’t make his mind up about what to eat, and then complaining loudly about how his drink tasted like mouthwash….luckily for him the guy at the counter changed it for water without batting an eyelid. Whilst the service impressed me….this incident also made me curious about this ‘mouthwash drink’ because I actually love minty stuff. When I asked about it, I was given the chance to taste the four different varieties of Taiwanese teas before settling on my favourite with jasmine and hibiscus (pictured below). I didn’t opt for the minty one in the end as it also had melons which I’m not a great fan of.
Overall I loved the food, enjoyed tasting drinks, the service was fanstastic. A simple and satisfying taste and I’m so disappointed that they are only there another week – I can’t wait to see where they will pop up next!
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