A Dream Korean Bistro is Springvale’s second Korean restaurant (that I’m aware of), after Haysung Korean BBQ. The little eatery is pretty much on the same street at Haysung, but on the other end of Buckingham Ave towards Lightwood Rd at the round about corner.
I came here one Friday evening with Le Boy and his little bro for some dinner. We like to try and support local businesses where we can, especially if a new place has opened. The restaurant seats about 20-30 people in a small dining space. The entrance door is a bit jammed, so you’d be forgiven if you thought they were closed when in fact they were open.
The guy serving us was a humble young man (possibly the manager or owner himself). As we were seated, the menu and water for the table was promptly provided.
Spice rice cake with fish cake $8.00
A good small satisfying serving of dukbokki. I preferred it over Haysung’s one.
Kimchi pancake $8.00
Although the kimchi pancake was nice, I did not appreciate having pork in it. However, the boys did not mind so much.
Kimchi bacon fried rice with fried egg $10.00
The kimchi rice was also nice but a bit oily. Again having no bacon would have been better. The egg was cooked to perfection which was impressive.
Beef bulgolgi on sizzling plate $13.00 + extra cheese $2.00
Both the sizzling plate dishes were really good, and both the boys thoroughly enjoyed it with all the melted grilled cheese on top.
However, CJ Lunch Bar also provides a mean sizzling plate with cheese. It sizzles so much that you’d be afraid to have any part of your body on the table lest you might end up with oil all over yourself.
Spice chicken bulgolgi on sizzling plate $13.00 + extra cheese $2.00
Between the three of us, we ordered a whole range of food. The Korean Bistro definitely gives you value for money. It is a good place for an easy and cheap Korean fix. The food overall was really nice and comforting, but falls a little short in flavour compared to more established restaurants.
The Dream Korean Bistro is an eatery that’s best suited for meat lovers as there are little vegetarian or vegetable options available. Even though complimentary side dishes were provided, there were only two options one being macaroni and the other kimchi. The macaroni baffled us a little as it was the first time we’d seen it as a side dish in a Korean restaurant.