Aria Korean Tapas
932 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
In typical Hangry Travelers fashion, after food we had to get more food. One must have savory if one eats sweet...right!? I’m not sure how I managed to eat the giant donut and then top it off with Aria’s delicious fried chicken. Aria is just a short walk from Bob’s, which was needed to allow for a few minutes of digestion.
Aria’s itself is a small shop, more geared toward take-away/take-out. However, we were able to nab three seats inside to enjoy some KFC (Korean Fried Chicken). The workers were super upbeat, which only added to the good vibes. The walls are absolutely covered in some of the best stickers I have seen on our travels. And Debra was totally grooving to the tunes.
Instead of ordering separately, we just got one of their shareable samplers with waaaaay too much food. Our large sampler featured: KFC, Gangjung Fried Chicken, Bulgogi Kimbap and Korean ‘Shin’ Ramen. Just thinking back on it fills me with sweet gluttonous pain.
Debra & Natalia - Combo B
Debra: I have seen photos of food from here constantly on the Instagram, and I only hoped for the day that I would be able to try it would come soon. Well, lo & behold, when Natalia and I are together, we just eat.
The shop is definitely up my alley- I love the down-to-earth yet moody vibes in this shop, the Korean music that was blasting, and my god, the walls were covered in all sorts of interesting stickers. We decided to share a sampler plate since Natalia (and her sister) already had Bob’s Donuts as their starter, which left them not too much room to eat savory foods.
I personally thought both the ramen and ganjung fried chicken were satisfactory- the ramen isn’t too special (it seems like they just mixed up the ramen with some sauce) and I thought the ganjung fried chicken was a little soggy.
What really shined was the KFC!!! Ah, it was crispy and the chicken was so moist. I could eat just that one for days. The bulgogi kimbap was dry for me- whatever mix they put in their kimbap just didn’t work out for me.
With that being said, I would come back next time and just order some KFC! Also, Natalia and her sister said the ramen and gangjung fried chicken were spicy!! I think not, they both had a really pleasant spice flavor (:
Natalia: As I mentioned before...gluttonous pain. Due to the fact the chicken was so good I didn’t want to leave any behind (even though we did take home some pieces). The KFC was perfectly crisp and succulent, but the Gangjung was a whole ‘nother level! Still crispy, but smothered in glorious sauce.
It had the perfect amount of sweet spiciness to keep you coming back for more. The Kimbap was good side choice, not too overpowering in regards to flavour and a little sweetness to cut through the spiciness that was the Ramen. I normally love me some spicy ramen, but in the face of choosing between extra chicken and ramen, I chose the KFC. The ramen itself was very respectfully doctored up Shin ramen with some beef and topped with an egg. This entire platter was a winner, and I wish I had access to this shop on the regular.