Turntable Chicken Jazz is a very interesting place. First, it is hard to be found, like a hidden gem that people keep secret. It is on the second floor of a building, in Koreatown, with a very discrete sign outside, to the point that my friend Benny was waiting for me in the wrong restaurant...
The second thing that makes this place unique is the decor: it is all about music and there are turntables on every wall, as well as microphones and photos of singers and bands. I like the vibe that makes it more than just a Korean chicken place.
Food wise, it is not just chicken there: they have ramen, bulgogi and all sort of dishes that will mainly satisfy the carnivores. Yes, there are few vegetarian dishes, but do not expect a phenomenal experience on that front.
We started our meal with some drinks. A shot of vodka for Benny and a soju bomb for me.
Then, the food came. The first dish was an appetizer: fried pork dumplings. We had the choice for the sauce between soy & garlic and hot & spicy. We chose the later and trust me: that was spicy! To the point that my mouth was on fire. But you know what? These dumplings were so good that I could not resist going back to it: the shell was deliciously crispy and the filling very tasty.
Then, we hot different kinds of chicken: wings, thigh and tenders, with either hot & spicy or soy garlic sauce (you can ask for half and half).
This was fantastic: the chicken was perfectly cooked, crispy and moist. However, I noticed that the hot & spicy sauce was not that spicy this time, but some white rice was anyway welcome as the dumplings put my mouth on fire for a while.
I loved the fried chicken at Turntable Chicken Jazz: the food there was fantastic and the atmosphere of the place was awesome. It is definitely a place where I would go back.
Enjoy (I did)!
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