Dae-Ji Cutlet House (Burnaby) – Korean Fusion
Dae-Ji Cutlet House is a Korean fusion chain that opened up in Burnaby in the former Cattle Cafe location. Interestingly, Cattle Cafe moved out of their former location only to relocate next door. I suppose the curved layout of the interior is a bit challenging because of the seating restriction.
After having some really great cutlets at Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin in Hawaii, I was interested to see how Dae-Ji compared.
I decided to order the Dae-Ji Combo ($12.99) and make it a mix-and-match meal with a mushroom hamburger steak and their original pork cutlet. They also include pickled radish, macaroni salad, rice, and miso soup.
The hamburger was small in diameter but it was thick and juicy and covered in gravy. The pork cutlet was crispy on the outside but I found it to be a bit dry on the inside… nothing a bit of gravy wouldn’t fix. Overall, this was a very filling meal and I preferred the hamburger steak over the pork cutlet but I wish the hamburger patty had a bit more char on the exterior to give it some textural contrast. While not as impressive as Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin, Dae-Ji was still pretty good nonetheless.
I came back the following week to try some other items. Dae-Ji is decidedly Korean… right down to the plastic water container and plastic cup that they provide you at the table (honestly not sure why so many Korean restaurants use plastic cups).
This time I ordered the Kimchi Fried Rice ($9.99) which comes with soup.
I also added a Curry Pork Cutlet ($3.50) which turned out to be quite tame in spiciness. As like the time before, the pork cutlet was nice and crispy on the exterior.
The fried rice had a bit of heat with it, which I did enjoy. It was also topped with a fried egg with a perfectly runny yolk (bonus!)
Overall, the food’s pretty good here but I found the pork cutlets to be on the dry side. Also, keep in mind that service here is on the slow side… especially when they get busy.
Posted on September 13, 2016, in Fusion, Korean, Restaurant Review and tagged Burnaby, Food, Fusion, Kimchi Fried Rice, Korean, Pork Cutlet, restaurant review. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.