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Jin Hua, the Brainchild of Daliah and Slurp! Is Open but Far From Ready
By Feb 27, 2019 Dining

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I love Slurp! and Pilipala. I think they did a great job making themselves distinctive from other Yunnan eateries. Yet their collaboration with Daliah, the Yunnan food club Jin Hua, is quite a letdown. It just "super soft opened" a few days ago. For those who were craving for some authentic Yunnan food on Beijing Xi Lu: wait.

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The restaurant attracts attention for its retro Chinese style. Everything here, from plastic tablecloths, black and white photos, 80s Hong Kong actresses posters, and pieces of bric-a-brac are bathed in a warm pinkish light. It's like tropical vaporwave. I guess that's how Jin Hua embraces womanhood, the stated theme of this new restaurant. Other than that, it's very much the old Daliah.

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To be fair, most of the food is better than serviceable. But there's nothing revelatory if you have already been to Slurp! or Pilipala. The service is slow. There are around 10 dishes on the menu, like cucumber salad (25rmb), Kunming style minced meat (36rmb), and fried rushan (Yunnan cheese, 36rmb), sans the popular rice noodles. Overall, the dishes are very salty, quite hot, and a tad sour. You'll need rice and a lot of water. Maybe some drinks. Just not the Ashimas Dragon, a 68rmb cocktail, below, that doesn't live up to its price.

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Will Jin Hua become the outstanding woman she aspires to be? I guess she will, simply because of her location, the gimmick, and the inherent appeal of strong-flavored Yunnan food. But for now, Jin Hua seems like a rushed concept.

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