Da Won is a small cafe located on a side street in Hindmarsh. Literally translated from Korean it means “Tea House” but also has a double meaning in a different Asian language. While the name of this place promotes coffee and waffles, I think the items of interest on their menu are their homestyle Korean meals. The food offerings are limited but the dumplings, glass noodles, stir fries, chicken rice and fried rice would interest people looking for something different to the norm.
The place is located in a house that has it’s frontage converted into a store front. While very small and cosy on the inside, I counted a maximum of 15 seats in total. The food is cheap here and the place is popular among locals, so if you come at the wrong time, be prepared to wait or order take away.
For lunch, I ordered a combination of Pork & Vegetable Dumplings, and Kim Chi Pork and Vegetable Dumplings. The dish came out after a 15 minute wait and was very nicely presented. The dumplings were fried till their exterior was a nice golden brown and crispy in texture. The difference between the two types of dumplings was that one had kim chi in it. With the exception of one dumpling which was a bit cold, the filling was soft and moist, and well flavoured. The dumplings with the kim chi pork wasn”t overly spicy and there were subtle notes of sourness.
The staff were really friendly and apologetic when I told them about my cold dumpling. In return for my less than satisfying dumpling experience, they gave me a cupcake which was soft, moist and tasty. The atmosphere is very relaxed, and their clientele seem to be locals who enjoying lazing around on the quiet side street. As far as price goes, this place is very good value, particularly when the most expensive item on the menu is $10. My dumplings were $8 for 10 pieces which you really can’t complain about.
This is a little gem of a store located on the fringe of the city.
WHERE: 11 Holden St, Hindmarsh