JUJU is a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint located at Three on the Bund. It’s a fun and funky Bund-side destination that does unlimited Korean BBQ, has a comparatively low average check, and is open late.

JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk

The indefatigable Mark Klingspon is the driving force behind JUJU. Mark, whose dream was to open a Korean place just like this, is the same guy greasing the wheels at The Nest, The Cannery, and Rye & Co. Korean chef Jinduk So is on hand to ensure the authenticity of the Korean fare.

JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk

Originally designed by Neri&Hu for Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Korean restaurant CHI-Q, the space was moody, dark, and highbrow. After a three-year run, high-end Taiwanese yakiniku restaurant Kanpai Classic took over.

JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk

JUJU’s nixed the posh vibe. Instead, walls are splashed with colorful murals and the lights turned up bright, while retro arcade games, beer fridges, tanks of live octopus, and a DJ booth occupy corners of the room. It’s almost outrageous compared to its refined neighbors.

JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk

Food & Drink at JUJU

JUJU is meant to be casual, affordable, and easy-going with plenty of fan favorite Korean street foods.

Their biggest selling point is the unlimited barbecue for ¥288 per person, which gets you free-flow banchan and meats (three cuts of pork and three cuts of beef to choose from).

Korean Fried Chicken at JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk
Korean Fried Chicken (¥78/classic, ¥88/fire) – Classic has excellent craggy batter, super juicy. Spice level for the “Fire” is being tweaked.
JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk
Old Skool Lunchbox (¥38) – Great value, nostalgic for some, and pretty satisfying.
Odeng at JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk
Fishcake from the odeng bar (¥10/stick)
Stews at JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk
Tuna Kimchi Jigae (¥58) – Tasty. I’d order again + rice.
Tteokbokki at JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk
Spicy Tteokbokki (¥38) – Stir-fried rice cake. Spicy scale is 2/5 for me.
JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk
Octopus Scallion Pancake aka Pajeon (¥68) – Love the scallion pancake, octopus and shrimp very fresh.
JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk
Brisket Strips, laoban’s favorite cut.
JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk
Self-service, mostly.
Live Octopus Sashimi at JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk
Live Octopus Sashimi (¥88)

A couple dishes are undergoing tweaks since their grand opening last week, i.e.: spice level on the Korean fried chicken. But overall, food quality is great and you’re going to get your money’s worth with the all-you-can-eat option.

Menu at JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk

For drinks, there’s beer on tap, highballs, soju and soju bombs, and an “honesty bar” where you can help yourself and tally up at the end of the evening.

Kirin on tap is ¥30/400ml or you can get a 3-litre keg for ¥200. Sojus start from ¥50, highball ¥30, and non-alcoholic drinks from ¥10. Damn son, not even dive bars have prices like that.

JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk
Help yo’self

In Summary

JUJU will surely draw a loyal following. It has the uniquely compelling allure of being the only affordable restaurant on the Bund. Two cocktails at most Bund venues are equal in price to the unlimited option at JUJU, which has no service charge either.

It’s just opened. Any teething issues will be hammered out in no time. These guys are seasoned operators—they know what they’re doing and they know how to have a good time.

They have an opening deal on the unlimited option, ¥198 instead of ¥288, from now until November 15.

JUJU, a Korean barbecue restaurant and ganbei joint on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk

JUJU
Address: 2/F, 17 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 广东路17号外滩三号2楼, 近中山东一路
Tel: 63305005
Hours: Tue-Thu 5:30pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-2am, Sun 5:30pm-midnight, closed Mon