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Hero: Korean fried chicken and cocktails

The mercury climbed past 33°C and the air was still. If I could have gone to work in tank top and shorts, I would have – hey, we don’t have air-conditioning in the office – but since that wasn’t an option, a summer frock was my best bet although it may have pushed the limit on “workplace-appropriate attire”… ;)

Hero Paris

Hero Paris

I was out with Vivian and her friend, B, for a catch-up session and to check out Hero, a recent addition to the dining scene in Paris. The restaurant was not as busy as we thought it’d be, but in that heat, most people were probably (illegally) dipping their feet in one of the many fountains around the city. That, and I guess quite a few people would have also left for the summer vacation?

Admittedly, it may not have been the best evening to be seated in a pastel-and-pink restaurant (we were upstairs) and ordered the signature spicy fried chicken to eat; it was awesome for a frozen slushie cocktail though – my Makolada (makgeolli, rum, pineapple, coconut, kalamansi, lime) hit the right spot and I had to pace myself not to slurp everything up in one go, lest I became too merry for the evening!

Hero Paris

Hero Paris

Hero Paris

Verdict? This is a keeper.

The fried chicken with spicy gochujang was flavoursome and sticky, although I wouldn’t mind a touch more crunch. Then again, in the heat of the day, I think everything just wilted. I really like the seared rice cake with shiitake and tofu purée, and could happily eat another portion of it. The bean and courgette salad made a nice complementary side to the other two plates. We finished up with very-much welcomed small slices of watermelon.

The weather was not one that encouraged more eating, which was a shame, as there were other items on the menu which sounded delicious too, say, jellyfish and apple salad, and I couldn’t mustered enough enthusiasm for something sweet either. I need to round up a few more friends to re-visit Hero another time, so we could really test the entire menu and I wouldn’t leave feeling “maybe I should have order such-and-such dish too”…

289 rue Saint-Denis, 75002 Paris
Métro: Strasbourg-Saint Denis
Reservation via website for dinner only
Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00pm-2.30pm; Dinner: Tues-Sun 7.00pm-11.00pm; closed Monday

Category: Food & Drink, Paris

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  1. Med says:

    Nice name for a restaurant and good food too. Yummy!!!! ;)

    • Lil says:

      We went back yesterday and we got crunchier skins this time, but the service was not tip-top. Win some, lose some.

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