I love Takorea. When I worked in Tech Square, I would occasionally order lunch from Takorea. If you’re one of my OTP readers, you might not know about the restaurant. It’s this Mexican-Korean fusion spot in Midtown Atlanta, but there is also a smaller, condensed version near Dunwoody. There is also a location in Athens that I haven’t visited. The other two locations are great, but if you want the full experience, I suggest the Midtown one.
Any who, my boyfriend and I ventured to Takorea to wrap up a busy Cinco de Mayo weekend. We slipped in around 5 or so on a Sunday afternoon. It was the perfect time to come in because there were enough patrons to not make it seem like a ghost town, but also not too busy that you couldn’t get a timely refill.
Our waiter was so amazing. He provided helpful suggestions about his favorite drinks and meals, as well as what was popular among other patrons.
I started off with an Old Seoul, a ginger Bourbon drink they offer. As someone who loves ginger beer and dates a Bourbon aficionado, I enjoyed the drink. Not too harsh, but could definitely taste both flavors.
My boyfriend ordered the Estilo Viejo because he usually goes for tequila cocktails. He enjoyed it and appreciated the aesthetic the orange peel provided.
We ordered two appetizers to get the party started and to coat our stomachs. I’ve always enjoyed their sesame fries. They use this sweet and spicy seasoning that makes the fries interesting. You can eat them alone, but I prefer to dip the fries in the chipotle sauce. It pairs very well with the seasoning.
The sticky chicky is exactly what it sounds like — pieces of chicken glazed in this jalapeño and apricot sauce. If you like Bonefish’s bang bang shrimp, you’ll like the sticky chicky. Don’t get me wrong — this isn’t a knock off app. It has a sweet and mildly spicy taste that’s akin to the bang bang shrimp.
We ordered another round of drinks before our entree came out. He ordered the deep red sangria, which is essentially sangria with Hennessy (or whatever cognac they have available). I ordered a standard Texas margarita. We loved them. Honestly, we loved all the drinks we drank.
This is my favorite meal. When I worked in Tech Square, I’d order this all the time. My boyfriend hadn’t tried it before and instantly became a fan. And because it’s so huge, you can turn this into two meals or share with someone.
Our waiter told us about the Fried Elvis Sundae. On paper, I really wasn’t interested. Peanut butter ice cream? Tempura bananas? Chile, what? I couldn’t really process what this was supposed to resemble dessert-wise, but sure. Let me try it so I can write and tell y’all about it.
Bay-bayyyy. This was essentially a fried ice cream dessert (one of my faves). The peanut butter ice cream was subtle but complemented the drizzle and fried bananas. It was so good that we quickly cleaned the plate.
And More Drinks
And after dessert, we wrapped up the visit with more drinks. The refresher reminded me of a Starbucks drink that I like. It was light as the name suggests. Definitely a drink for the summer. The mule was your standard mule except with tequila. No complaints here!
Overall, Takorea continues to prove itself though I love the place anyway. Chef Tomas Lee recently updated the menu and has some new favorites for patrons to try. Go and enjoy.
Disclosure: Our meal was compensated in exchange for writing this blog post. All opinions and commentary are mine alone.