Da Won Waffles and Coffee - A hidden gem

Da Won Waffles and Coffee - 11 Holden Street, Hindmarsh SA

On the lookout for a brunch location outside of the city (during the Fringe festivities), I (Mirko) was directed by numerous locals of the West to go and visit Da Won Waffles and Coffee.  Da Won, Korean for Tea House is run by a Korean Mother and son duo who have renovated the front of their house into a cute cafe.

A large blackboard spans the interior wall and notes all the food available at this Tea House. Seating is limited (approximately 6-10 inside, with another 10 outside) and is minimally decked out.

Adelaide, casual, Coffee, Da Won, Dumplings, Food, Foodporn, Frappe, green tea, Hindmarsh, Japchae, Korean, lunch, Sandwich, Soy Beef, Spicy Pork,
Sneak peek in from the outside
Green Tea Frappe - $6 (approx)
After being seated and waiting for my friend to arrive I peruse the menu and decide to have a drink prior to her arrival. I order a green tea frappe. The frappe is flavoured nicely and not overly sweet as some green tea beverages can be.

We view the menu and order 4 dishes. This coupled with two beverages costs us $43 - a bargain! And....we were not able to finish all the food.

Pan Fried Dumplings - $8
First up were the pan fried pork dumplings with noodle, onion and spring onion. Dumplings were fried well with a crispy golden outside and flavourful filling.

Japchae - $8

The sweet potato Japchae with beef, mushroom, carrot, onion and spring onion was flavourful and had a nice texture. For those who haven't had this dish before, the texture may be a little foreign as it is slightly chewier than the normal noodle but just be aware that this is how it should be.

Hot and Spicy pork stir fry - $9
The hot and spicy pork stir fry was tender and had a slight heat to it which would cater for most people. Whilst this was nice I would have preferred more heat but this is just my personal preference.

Soy Marinade Beef sandwich - $6
Final on the menu was the Soy Marinade Beef sandwich. Like the pork dish, the beef was tender and tasty. The sandwich came with a slice of apple which I questioned however after eating it, I was pleasantly surprised. The apple provided a nice sweetness to the sandwich but did not overpower nor take away from the taste of the beef.

Overall, my friend and I were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed this food. The food here is good, honest, home cooking and for the price and quantity it is definitely worth a visit. I understand how locals around the area keep going back and making it their usual brunch time haunt.

Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 7:30am - 4:30pm and Sat: 9:00am to 2:00pm
Vegetarian friendly: Yes, some dishes are available
Kid friendly: Very small, so maybe keep the stroller at home

Ambiance: 3/5 - nice and quiet brunch time spot
Service: 4/5 - the mother/son combination just makes you feel like you are at their home (well...you are!)
Food: 8/10 - delicious food at a good price

Based on the above, OTCB give Da Won Coffee and Waffles 15/20 chops on the chopping board.

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