Dari Korean Café and Bar is a newly opened, family-owned restaurant nestled in the classic Melbourne trademark that is Hardware lane. With a special focus on home-made, family-styled Korean sandwiches and baguettes, Dari is a Melbourne café that makes a great stopover for a quick lunch break or a cosy catch up with friends over some delicious, traditional Korean drinks and homely, flavoursome food – not to mention the absolutely incredible hospitality and customer service that makes you feel right at home in Melbourne!
The good fat: I had never gotten the chance to truly try authentic Korean café drinks until Dari – having only had Korean BBQ or chicken places in Melbourne. The earthliness of the black sesame latte is something that I wouldn’t hesitate having on a cold Melbourne day. Likewise, the Job’s tears latte, otherwise known as Adlay millet or Chinese pearl barley, is one of the most delicious hot drinks I’ve had. Having had pearl barley soup before from home, the latte had an aromatic fragrance with hints of nuttiness – it’s really something that you must try at Dari Café to know the flavours I’m describing!
The pumpkin malted rice drink was a really unique, cold drink that had undertones of sweetness, with the subtlety of pumpkin blending through the textured drink.
Both Dari’s grilled sandwiches had the classic Korean flavours that I expected – the tenderness of the thinly sliced beef coated in a traditional bulgogi sauce with its delicious sweet soy and savouriness. The spicy Korean pork slider with ssamjang mayo had invigorating hints of chilli!
Can you ever go wrong with a toastie for breakfast? And no one does a toastie quite like Mama – with homemade tartar sauce, generous slices of ham and melted cheese all on top of a crispy toasted sandwich – Dari’s toastie had every element you could want.
For K-pop lovers in Melbourne – Dari is where you can try the FAMOUS Inkigayo Idol sandwich – a massive portion size filled with egg, potato salad, a seafood Mexican salad and a thin spread of jam in between it – what a hearty lunch full of different flavours and textures!
The Korean egg muffin would be a perfect on-the-go breakfast item for the busy Melbourne city worker or tasty sit down dessert – the muffin batter was lightly salted and complemented by satisfying layers of egg and ham inside.
The bad fat: We found the bun a little dry on the red bean dessert but that is easily fixed with a sip of Korean hot tea or Korean kombucha which is just the best way to finish off a Melbourne, Korean breakfast 🙂
CHECK OUT DARI KOREAN CAFE’S WEBSITE HERE: http://www.darikoreancafe.com.au/
2wofatgirls would like to thank Dari Korean Cafe and Bar, Melbourne for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.