Dae Ji is a Korean restaurant specializing in a variety of cutlet dishes.
Just to let everyone know, this is not a Korean restaurant. Well, I guess it is, but it is more of a Korean spin on breaded cutlets, which are the best in town bar none. In Korea, the best donkatsu places are the ones the taxi drivers go to. This place is just as good if not better than any place I've been to in Korea.
The bread crumbs they use are very fresh and the meat is always nicely tenderized so your cutlet is always light and soft in your mouth. The best deal is the just the regular pork cutlet meal which is $6.99 or $7.99 I believe.
These guys do donkatsu right. This location is apparently better than their downtown location which I have never been to.
This is not your typical korean restaurant. Everything in their menu are breaded and deep fried. The typical dishes such deep fried pork cutlet or chicken isn't bad, pricewise. Taste-wise, it's okay. But I ordered the chicken balls as well, $14 dish. bad decision. it's just a deep fried boneless drum sticks with spicy sauce and mustard. I don't know where they got the mustard idea from but it did not work. The food took over 1/2 hour to come out and the restaurant wasn't even busy. How hard is it to serve deep fried food? Ambience is okay if you're looking for a hangout place. But if you're going there to eat, be prepared for a long wait till the food comes out. Overall, a disappointing dining experience. Would not go back there.
This is a subtle but important update from my previous review.
I was introduced to this restaurant by a Korean friend of mine and enjoyed it so much that I have invited my friends and family here too. By the looks of things everytime I go there I seem to be the only non-asian there but a lot of Koreans pay patronage to this quaint establishment so if its good enough for their fellow country folk its more than good enough for me! The name of the restaurant is called Dae-Ji and if you look around the restaurant (and menu) it should become obvious that the name means "Pig" in Korean. The ambiance is rather cute, with cartoony pigs painted on the way and a handful of toy pigs that greet you at the entrance to a backdrop of Jazz music. If your not a fan of pork or just Jewish/Muslim! This isn't your place. Its like ordering anything but pizza from Pizza Hut, you are bound to be a little bit dissapointed. So stick to the pork items.
Most of their dishes are organized so that you get pork, a salad and rice on each item you order. The pork tastes great and is very well portioned while the salad leaves a little bit to be desired. The service there is handled a bit odd (you are responsible for seating yourself and getting water) which is not a bad thing, just an aspect you have to get use to. When paying at the till they also give you free M&M's instead of that cheap mint candy you find elsewhere. While this website says the price range of this place is $10-$20, just about all they're dishes range from $7.99-$13.99 just to point out. Unfortunately it does seem to take a little bit long (for what it is) for your food to be ready and the bathroom should be spruced up.