Mesa, AZ Edition: Drunken Tiger

By Candace Nelson - 6:23 PM

Drunken Tiger

Drunken Tiger is Arizona's first Korean pub serving up authentic and modern Korean street and bar food.

Drunken Tiger

"Casual, dark and gritty, with just a touch of intoxication, Drunken Tiger deviates from traditional restaurants and bars as the first Korean pub in Arizona. Drunken Tiger—the ‘misfit of Korean restaurants’—celebrates the best of Korean and American cultures and presents a bodacious menu filled with quintessential Korean street and bar food along with creative Korean-American culinary concoctions," according to the website.

Drunken Tiger

"Gentle palates will quickly accustom to bulgogi fries or ‘chimek’ (Korean double-fried chicken and beer) while more daring foodies can broaden their horizons with silkworm pupae soup or chicken gizzards. If you're somewhere in the middle, classic dishes like the tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) customized with cheese and ramen noodles are always a good idea. Prefer your food as hot as the summers in Arizona? The fire chicken or fire corn cheese is sure to singe the tastebuds of people who claim to be reincarnates of fire-breathing dragons."

Drunken Tiger

I ordered a Makkoli (Korean Rice Wine) in peach, which was sweet but potent. And we tried two different snacks: Takoyaki - ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter with octopus (tako), tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger (beni shoga), and green onion (negi). The balls are brushed with takoyaki sauce (similar to Worcestershire sauce) and mayonnaise, and then sprinkled with green laver (aonori) and shavings of dried bonito (katsuobushi). The bonito was a bit much for me, but I loved this sweet and sour seafood meatball. The last was tteok kochi, which are these chewy rice cakes in a spicy red sauce. Loved the textures of both these dishes. Tasty and satisfying.

Drunken Tiger

Grade: A

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