A spur of the moment catchup dinner with friends after work at Gami Chicken and Beer.
Address: Gami Chicken, 100 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000
Monday - Sunday: Dinner- Late
Gami Chicken and Beer is a Korean franchise well known for it’s korean fried chicken and beer. Gami has two restaurants located in Melbourne CBD and the other one in Sydney. The Gami we visited was located on Little Lonsdale Street - it’s interior was quite modern, casual and rather small, but I didn’t think that it was too cramped. We were after a table of seven, so were seated upstairs.
Our group started by ordering a few items from the ‘light meals’ section of the menu. The sausages we ordered were tasty and well complimented by the dipping sauces served. Even with seven of us, we managed to divide the three sausages into enough pieces so that everyone had a generous bite-sized piece of each.
From the ‘light meals’ section of the menu, we had also ordered the tteokbokki, which was full of flavour and spice! I really liked it even though it was a bit too spicy for me. I had tears rolling down my face and I was chowing down on the free radish (provided to ‘cool’ down when you have spicy food) and gulping down my grape juice like no tomorrow.
The moment everyone had been waiting for… *drumrolls* … ‘fried chicken’! We ordered two variations of the korean-style fried chicken; original flavour and the fried chicken with gourmet sweet chili sauce. These were accompanied by complimentary servings of cabbage and radish. It seemed to me that the sweet chili sauce was mostly sweet and only a little bit chili, but I think the chili-ness varied from piece to piece. Either way, it was nothing compared to the tteokbokki we had ordered. Unfortunately for us, our order of the popular Gami chicken was oily and dry. The bone to meat ratio also seemed unevenly distributed towards the ‘bone’ side. The only redeeming factor was that it was definitely very crunchy!
Disappointments aside, the overall experience at Gami was still a positive one. Aside from the popular fried chicken, the other items available on the Gami menu was well worth a try. I’m be willing to give the fried chicken another chance. Perhaps next time, we’ll fork out extra to try the boneless chicken.