Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dasarang - deep fried chicken, but expensive


Dasarang Chicken

4501 North Rd,  Burnaby (map)

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Food: 2.5
Service: 3
Price: Fair +

I am usually not one to believe in FengShui, but when a corner location keep changing restaurant, it really make me wonder why. A relative new restaurant called Dasarang has opened up in the old location of Bool Chul Pan Korean Hot Grill. This is definitely not the first time this location has changed its restaurant. Throughout the years, there as been at least 4 different ones (2 Chinese, 1 Vietnamese and 1 Korean), while the restaurant (Ddoo Gau Bee) next door has been there since forever. I guess we will have to see how long this one will last.
Because I have actually been to the previous restaurant (Bool Chul Pan), I know that the new owner did some major redecorating. The place looked so much nicer with beautiful booth, soft lighting and vibrant color walls. I have to say I like the new look and feel.

The first thing we ordered was the fish cake soup ($12.95). Although it was not cheap, but the portion was good for at least 4 people. The soup was really good, it was very flavorful (could be MSG?), but it also had a strong peppery flavor. The fish cakes were soft and also infused with a slight peppery taste.
The next dish was the pork belly with chili sauce ($10.95). Although they say it's spicy, it really wasn't that bad. It had that distinct korean spicy yet sweet flavor. The pork was a bit dry, and really thin. I think if it was of a thicker cut, it would have been better.
The last , we ordered Yangnyeom Chicken ($18.95). This deep fried chicken was tender and mostly boneless. The sauce was spicy with a plumy taste. Although the sauce did not appear to be too spicy at the beginning, but it really get you after a while. At this point, a nice glass of ice cold water will be your best friend. Although the portion was big, but really the price of $18.95 was a bit much. I think at most I would be willing to pay around $15 for this.

What I liked about the restaurant was the nice decor and the fish cake soup. On the other hand, I didn't really like the pork belly and I found the chicken to be over priced. In the end, I am not a huge fan of this place, but I don't dislike it either. Therefore, if you like deep friend chicken (seems like it's their specialty), maybe you can check it out, but just don't expect KFC type prices. :P


Anonymous June 3, 2011 at 1:16 AM

If a viet restaurant can't survive, then what will... I don't know what are people thinking when they open a restaurant? Do they research the location and use simple common sense about why other restaurant fails?

Jenny June 14, 2011 at 11:42 AM

No idea, but they one seems to be doing okay. However on the day we went, they weren't really busy and it was a weekend too. I guess we shall see.

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