Sunday, 13 December 2015

[Review] The Da Bang Cafe | Tanjong Pagar

Da Bang is a brunch and dessert cafe selling Austrialian-Korean fusion food. They open daily till 5pm on weekdays and 6pm on weekends. Some signatures of their brunch menu include Kimchi Panini, Big Breakfast, Strawberry Latte, Ice Cubes Latte, and Monster Bingsu. If you are wondering why the cafe closes so early, well it is because the cafe is converted into a bar (Don't Tell Mama) at night, featuring Korean-Mexican food such as tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. For a limited period of time, they have a liquid buffet (think unlimited beer and cocktails) too so Don't Tell Mama ;).

The interesting Bar counter

These christmas decorations and rustic pipes create such an inviting and cozy ambience.

Nacho Cheese Omelette $16
Topped with tortilla chips, this omelette is such a delight for the cheese lover in me. The bbq sauce is a tad overwhelming but the overall combination of sweet and tangy flavours is a harmonious one. Thinly sliced potatoes can be found together with the egg underneath a generous layer of parmesan cheese.

Look at how stretchy the melted mozzarella cheese is! This is my favourite part of the dish. The eggs are done sunny side up and since I love my liquid yolks, I give bonus points to the flowy yolks.

Bulgogi Panini $12
Bulgogi beef, cheese, and guacamole sandwiched between ciabatta bread
The bulgogi is tender and well-marinated, and complements so well with the half-melted cheese and guacamole (seriously, everything tastes better with guacamole!). The condiments are more on the tangy side though, which are a tad overpowering towards the end.

Monster Bingsu $25
This reminds me of those trendy over-the-top milkshakes except it is better and bigger! While I find this expensive, it will be good to share among a few friends. Also, it is instagram-worthy!

Served in a large cocktail glass, this bingsu is topped with classic snacks such as oreos, chocolate-coated biscuit (pepero?) sticks with chunks of almond, apollo-ish wafer biscuits.etc, with 2 scoops of ice-cream hidden underneath (surprise!). Among the cookies and cream ice-cream and green tea ice-cream, I prefer the latter which has hints of bitterness, contrasting yet complementing the overall sweetness of the dessert.

It is uncommon to find cafes that serve up Australian-Korean fusion food so if you are looking for alternative brunch options, perhaps you can give Da Bang a try.

PS: Thank you Jaz and Da Bang for the invite.


The Da Bang / Don't Tell Mama
Address: 52 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088473

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