Also referred to as ICG (Incredible Chicken Gangjung), The Sparrow's Mill in Sydney's CBD specialises in Korean cuisine with Korean Fried Chicken being the main focus. A notable aspect of their Korean Fried Chicken is that it includes flavours beyond the three (plain, sweet and spicy and soy) that are typically served at Korean restaurants in Adelaide. Complimentary Korean side dishes are provided with each meal and diners can request for top-ups of their favourite side dishes.
One of the unique offerings at the restaurant, the flesh of the chicken in their Snow Cheese Chicken was succulent which was set off wonderfully by the crisp coating. The dusting of finely grated cheese, onion and parsley imparted a delectable savoury flavour.
Snow Cheese Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The Gangjung range of Korean Fried Chicken, taking its name from a Korean puffed rice cookie, included rice sticks with the chicken. Out of the two flavours we ordered, the Hot & Spicy Gangjung and Incredible Gangjung, the one we liked better was the Hot & Spicy Gangjung, which packed a potent spicy punch. The Incredible Gangjung was still enjoyable though the inclusion of cinnamon that gave it a different taste from the typical Soy Chicken.
Hot & Spicy Gangjung (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Incredible Gangjung (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the other Korean dishes available at the restaurant, the Sizzling Stone Pot Bibimbap had Beef Bulgogi that was cooked just right with a delightful sweet-savoury flavour. The wide variety of vegetables added an element of freshness. To best enjoy the dish, it is advisable to let it "sit" for a while after mixing the chilli sauce to allow a crust to form.
Sizzling Stone Pot Bibimbap (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We found their Seafood Pancake to be of excellent quality, with the crisp exterior contrasting well with the fluffy interior. There was also an ample amount of seafood to give it a delectable meaty texture. While delicious enough on its own, you can dip it into the soy sauce provided to add some saltiness.
Seafood Pancake (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Sparrow's Mill does not accept bookings so arriving early is advisable if you plan to dine there during the peak lunch and dinner hours. We were there just after the peak lunch hour and were able to get a table even though the restaurant was still pretty crowded.
Korean Side Dishes (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)