Meaning "half-half" in Korean, Ban Ban is a bar-style restaurant along Franklin Street that primarily specialises in offering the popular Korean dish, Korean Fried Chicken. When you place your order, you are provided with a bowl of fried wanton skins to help sate your hunger while waiting for your dishes. The restaurant can get very busy so booking ahead to secure a seat is advisable.
Their Korean Fried Chicken can be ordered as one of two varieties, the "traditional" option that consists of a whole chicken cut up for a single serving or without bones. Among one of the boneless options, the Hot & Crunchy Korean Fried Chicken had a lovely crisp coating that contrasted well with the succulent flesh. It also had a scattering of dried chilli flakes to provide a bit of a spicy kick. We found the spice level pretty mild for a dish that is labelled as "hot". Accompanying the chicken was some pickled daikon whose tanginess was a good partner to the chicken.
Hot & Crunchy Korean Fried Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Korean Fried Chicken is not the only dish you can enjoy at Ban Ban. The restaurant also offers a selection of side dishes and a few other Korean dishes. Their Seafood Pancake was of a size suitable for sharing and had a delightful meaty texture. Served with the dish was some soy sauce to dip the pancake in to add a bit of saltiness.
Seafood Pancake (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The ambience is similar to a small café and you can choose to sit at the normal table seating or bar-style seating, where you can see the chef prepare your meal. Its relatively close location to the Adelaide CBD makes it a convenient place for city-goers to enjoy Korean Fried Chicken with friends over a few drinks.
Fried Wonton Skins (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)