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.
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).
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).
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