Hanbun is a Korean restaurant run by Dave Park and Jennifer Tran. It’s located in a strip mall just outside of Chicago in the International Mall in Westmont. There is plenty of parking and is close to the Oakbrook Center outdoor upscale shopping mall.
There are two dining options at Hanbun. By day, they offer nine Korean dishes with a spin, a very elevated spin. Chef David has spent time in the kitchens of several well-known fine dining establishments such Tru, L20, Le Bernardin and was part of the opening team at The Aviary. This leads to Hanbun’s other dining option, a private tasting menu served for only 6-9 guests per evening.
My friend and I are a little excited to be trying their special dinner in a few weeks, so we went for lunch today. The flavors were bright, clean and bold. The tender beef bulgogi and comforting ramen were especially good as were the noodles, the pork bun and the vegetable pancakes.
While trying to decide what to order, I applied quick math and logic skills, calculating that with 7 kids at home between the 2 of us, we could order 1 of each of the 9 items, spend under $40 each, and not have to cook dinner that night. Voila!
Here is what One of Everything on the Menu (OEM) at Hanbun looks like.
Now let’s enjoy all of it slowly, one dish at a time.