Hannara Korean BBQ, Canberra

Hannara Korean BBQ is a cheap and cheerful Korean restaurant that has been open for a week and a half. It is located on Moore st, where Turkish Pide House used to be, with the entrance facing Barry Drive.

Hannara entrance

Hannara entrance

The restaurant features Korean classics such as spicy rice cake, Korean savoury pancakes, glass noodles and bulgogi dishes. The BBQ sets range from $51 to $99 in price. There are also three hotpots to choose from, around the $45 price tag. But I was most interested in their fried chicken. Yes, I am sucker for Korean fried chicken, ever since my brother introduced it to me at Gami in Melbourne.

It's been a while since I've had Gami so I can't remember how good it was, I do remember it being good. But, I think this was better. I would go as far as to say it's the best Korean fried chicken, nay, fried chicken in general - that I've had in a looong time. I've had Korean fried chicken from Chez Kimchi in the city and Dickson, I've had B One, and most recently Uni Chicken. Hannara Korean fried chicken beats them all hands down. Well, at least the garlic flavoured one does. 

I should probably round out the review by talking about the rest of the food we ate. As soon as we ordered, the wait staff brought round a good selection of side dishes that included kimchi, pickled onion and jalapenos, and pickled cucumber.

Side dishes

Side dishes

Our water bottle was constantly replaced as well. Macgyver Boyfriend loves dumplings so we ordered a dish ($9) for him. Note that the picture in the menu showed a lot more than we actually got. $1.80 per dumpling seemed quite steep for how they tasted. I wouldn't be ordering the dumplings again.

Dumplings

Dumplings

I ordered the vegetable noodles ($6.50). They were delicious AND value for money. 

Vegetable noodles

Vegetable noodles

In terms of timing, the noodles and dumplings came out before the fried chicken. It got to the point where I was starting to think, "I'm going to finish the noodles before the fried chicken gets here. I'm not going to have enough noodles to accompany the chicken!" Luckily, that was when the chicken arrived. Next time, I'd probably ask for all the dishes to come out together to avoid this scenario.

Also, there was a sign that said "Cash Only. Eftpos temporarily unavailable. No split bills".

So there you have it - a first look at Hannara Korean BBQ. If there is a better Korean fried chicken than the garlic fried chicken from Hannara, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

Hannara Korean BBQ
16 Moore st, Canberra
(Couldn't find a phone number, Facebook page or website online)

Atmosphere: casual
Taste: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Value for money: 4/5
What I'd go back for: Garlic flavoured fried chicken

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