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Ban Ban Restaurant

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
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Published October 9th 2018
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.

Ban Ban Restaurant, Hot & Crunchy Korean Fried Chicken, Adelaide
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.

Ban Ban Restaurant, Seafood Pancake, Adelaide
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.

Ban Ban Restaurant, Fried Wonton Skins, Adelaide
Fried Wonton Skins (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Ban Ban Restaurant, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Ban Ban Restaurant, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

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When: Mon-Thurs: 5pm-10pm, Fri: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-late, Sat: 5pm-late
Phone: 08 7226 5143
Where: 145 Franklin Street, Adelaide, SA
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