First Look: Lunchers Weigh in on Danku
Yesterday, dutch kroket chain Danku opened their first chain in the United States on 57th street just east of 6th Avenue. I was pretty excited, not only because they serve krokets (fried balls of stuff) but they also have “Indonesian” items like curry, satays, fried rice and noodles. (The Dutch occupied Indonesia until WW2, so that explains the connection.) After visiting Bali a few years ago, I got to love Indonesian food; and while I wasn’t expecting the real thing- I was hoping it would at least be to Indonesian food what Panda Express is to Chinese (i.e. tasty!)
The dishes we tried, after the jump…
Curry beef with fried rice.
Chicken Satay in Peanut Sauce with Fried Noodles
Assortment of Krokets
If a place is amazing on day one, I have no problem writing about how good it is. But if it’s not, it is kind of unfair to criticize them based on their very first day of service. So… I think I’m going to give Danku a few more weeks to settle in before putting them through the +/-. I also didn’t get to try the mac and cheese kroket! (They either weren’t available or they sold out… not sure which.) However, there were some positive things being posted in the comments, mostly centered around the kroket “combo” (which comes with a salad that we didn’t try.)
“Just got back from my first Danku experience. Went for the same Kroket combo (8.13, incl. tax, for 2 krokets and a medium salad)…the salmon & dill kroket was a bit strange (wasn’t expecting a salmony-puree inside) but ultimately satisfying with the tartar dippin’ sauce. The chicken curry was better, with a gooey rich filling inside of a freshly-fried exterior. Glad to see that the pre-fried krokets didn’t get soggy inside their little cardboard boxes. The included mesclun/corn/tomato/cabbage/carrot seasonal salad was the real surprise: a GMD (generic-Midtown-deli) could easily charge $5.99 for the salad alone. Nicely done, Danku. Even though my initial reaction to the meal was “hey, lots of food,” my stomach is telling me otherwise an hour later. Good for those looking for a light lunch or handy snack. Oh—and for those who care, Danku’s ostensibly pro-green, with corn-based biodegradable utensils, organic ingredients, happy cows on the packaging, etc.”
52 Projects also filed this report, complete with photo of the kroket and salad combo.