As some local foodies may already be aware, I am pleased to announce that Springvale has welcomed into the community, its first Korean BBQ restaurant. Haysung Korean BBQ is located at the newer Springvale shopping centre, spread across shops 26 and 50 with two access points. It is a couple of stores down from Bread Kingdom, near the large Springvale entrance gateway just before Thanh Dat restaurant on Buckingham Avenue.
The restaurant seats approximately 30-40 people. Tables are built in with a BBQ grill in the centre of the table and a compact cutlery drawer under underneath on the side.
BBQ Platter – Premium set $65.00
Beef Angus scotch fillet, Wagyu beef fillet, Wagyu beef brisket, pork belly
The premium BBQ provides a decent portion of meat, although not marinated. I have read some complaints about plain tasting BBQ meat, but I’m sure what those people are expecting from meat that is not marinated. As a group of four, we ordered a range of dishes to compliment the premium BBQ set.
Tofu bibimbap $12.00
Fried tofu with mixed vegetables on rice
The bibimbap was quite nice and was served with a good variety of vegetables including mushrooms, carrots and cucumber.
Spicy rice cakes with fish cakes $10.00
It was nice to see the spicy rice cakes cooked with some onions, carrots and spring onion which added a nice sweetness to it. It was good but not the best I’ve had. The serving was a also little on the small side as it was only $10.00 which could only mean that at this restaurant it should only really be ordered as an accompaniment.
Kimchi pancake $14.00
The kimchi pancake was a small thicker and doughier version of what we are used to having. Still tasty but not very spicy.
Boneless fried chicken with sweet and spicy sauce $25.00
This is the dish to come back for. The sweet and spicy sauce contains a carrots and corn and had a nice peppery spice to it, while the chicken was so crispy and tender. These boneless sweet and spicy fried chicken pieces were the best we’ve had in a while and the highlight of the evening.
Steamed pork dumplings (6pcs) $8.00
Nothing out of the ordinary here. The dumplings were well cooked and tasted good.
Service in general is friendly but no consistent depending if you are being served by the male or female staff. Banchan (side dishes) are not substantial as you are only given pickled onions and kimchi, compared to many other places which offer at least 3-4 different side dishes.. Would highly recommend they amp up with side dish game. Perhaps some pickled radish or fish cake to spice up the mix. Ventilation is something that the restaurant will definitely need to work on to deal with all the smoke from the BBQ as their current ventilation ducts are not strong enough.
Overall we all left pretty satisfied and full between the four of us at roughly $30-35 per head which is much more expensive than eating anywhere else in Springvale, and only a little more so when compared to Korean BBQ dining in general. Haysung won’t necessarily be the first option that comes to mind when I feel like Korean, but I would definitely come back to support the local restaurant when I get a little craving for some Korean food.
You can view their menu here.