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Restaurant review: We check out new fusion cafe, The Da Bang in Tanjong Pagar

By: Amy Greenburg

When we heard the words “kimchi” and “panini” in the same sentence, we couldn’t wait to get over to Australian-Korean café, The Da Bang, to try it out, along with other fusion treats. In addition to Korean-inspired toasted paninis ($12-14), the café’s signatures include bingsu (a shaved ice yoghurt dessert; $18), an “ice cubes latte” ($9) – cleverly frozen into cubes so your coffee doesn’t get watered down as they melt – and super-rich hot chocolate ($3) that’s so thick and chocolaty, it’s like a meal in itself.

Ice cubes latte at The Da Bang 

And, though the kimchi panini was undeniably delish, we loved the bulgogi panini even more; of course, you can’t go wrong either with the French toast ($12).

The Da Bang's Bulgogi Panini 

Once 5pm hits, the eatery turns into  Don’t Tell Mama, a Mexican-Korean bistro-bar with fun cocktails like Spicy Melon ($12) and Lychee Margarita ($10), plus bar bites such as kimchi fries ($18).

Spicy Watermelon cocktail at Don't Tell Mama bar

 

Our only gripe: we wished the food menu stayed the same from day to night – we wanted the night menu’s kimchi fries with our lunch!

52 Tanjong Pagar Road
dabang.sg

This article first appeared in the March 2016 issue, subscribe today or check out more great places to eat in Singapore.

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