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Five things to know about Cafe Darak

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True fusion: Darak’s globetrotting owner drew on her travels to create the menu.
Photo: Mikayla Whitmore
Jason Harris

1. Darak means “loft” or “attic” in Korean.

2. Owner Nauen Yun, who goes by Crystal, has lived in Australia, New Zealand and several Asian countries. Her worldly experience helped concoct the concept for her café. “In all the different places, you learn the different cultures and see different things. I was always thinking I should gather them and show people where they come from. I was looking to make something you could not see any other place. I always wanted to open a place like this.”

Enjoy your croissant sandwich and pistachio latte inside Cafe Darak's Volkswagen bus tent.

3. The space is home to weird children’s desk chairs with the desk part attached to the back of them, tennis rackets with mirrors instead of strings and a Volkswagen bus tent. Inside the tent, you’ll sit on a patch of fake grass. The tent has special meaning to Yun. Her first concept was to buy an old VW Bus and convert it into her kitchen, but that didn’t work within her budget. She found the tent online and considers it the next best thing.

4.The food menu is small but scrumptious. The croissant sandwich ($6.25), with thick slices of turkey, tomato and melted mozzarella, is just right. All plates have caramel syrup splashed on the bottom. Yun likes the sweet dipping component.

5. The drink menu is vast with assorted frappuccinos, smoothies, coffees, teas, lattes, fruit-ades and even shaved ice. The sweet pistachio latte delivers that perfectly nutty dessert flavor.

Cafe Darak 8665 W. Flamingo Road, #105, 702-370-4657. Daily, noon-3 a.m.

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