Thursday, January 29, 2015

Da Rin, Melbourne CBD by Bureaucrat

Da Rin is a Korean restaurant that specialises in the crispy Korean style chicken.  I think Gangnam Pocha used to be here but it seems like it's now gone and in its place is Da Rin and another adjoining restaurant. 

Da Rin is a narrow-ish restaurant with cutesy Korean girls waiting on you, while the mandatory flat screen TV blares psychedelic Korean pop music videos at you.

Naturally, fried chicken is featured on the menu.  There's a range of flavours (sauces, e.g., sweet and spicy, honey and garlic) to choose from and you can choose to have a small or large serve.  We went for a small serve of the original fried chicken original ($15).  There's about six or so pieces.  A light crispy batter, the chicken is fairly succulent and tender. It's nice but nothing particularly special about it - except for the way it was served, which was on a black slate and a pair of mini tongs in a bucket for you to put the chicken bones away.

It also came with a very refreshing and fresh side dish or pickled radish and shredded cabbage with a sort of 1000 island dressing on top.  We also ordered a serve of rice to go with the chicken.

We also got the bulgogi bibimbap ($16).  While it certainly looks generous in size, we've certainly had better bibimbap before.  It tasted fine but there are tastier versions around town.  It came with a bowl of miso soup and chilli sauce.

Verdict: we liked it.

Service is friendly but the kitchen service is a little slow on the night we went.  The food here is fine but nothing exceptional or rave worthy about it.

Da Rin on Urbanspoon


Anonymous said...

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EatAndBeMerryCrew said...

Thank you for your feedback :)

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