I've mentioned before that I love Korean food in any shape or form, and their BBQ is no exception. It always feels like a bit of an occasion to sit around the tabletop grill and feast on their marinated meat, accompanied by some of my favourite Korean dishes, so I was definitely excited to try out the new SuperStar BBQ (by the same team behind BiBimBap and Asadal).
Located in St. Giles' Piazza, I love the huge window by the booths - not only is it ideal for the all important food photos and Instagram shots, it's kind of nice to sit smugly with your food whilst you observe the patient queue outside Kanada-Ya (though I will say that it's probably worth the wait). The decor is pretty slick, and the staff are extremely friendly and attentive, which I always appreciate.
The recently wife-ified S had just come back from her honeymoon, and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to catch up and recap all things wedding and dreamy trip to Bali - plus, she also loves Korean food - so we got stuck in, needing plenty of fuel for such exciting chatter!
We started off with the Pork Dumplings and Kimchi Jeon (a kind of savoury pancake, one of my favourites), both of which were delicious. I really need to learn how to make Pa jeon at home - anyone have a good recipe?
Thankfully, after getting our hopes up with the side dishes (although I personally could make a meal out of them alone), we were not disappointed by the main event. We tried the Rib Kalbi, Spicy Pork, Marinated Lamb and Tiger Prawns, and I honestly could not pick a favourite - they were all so good! The meat was tender and flavourful, and we ate them with steamed rice and wrapped in the lettuce leaves and miso. The portions are pretty decent, too - compared to the likes of Koba and Kintan, I think SuperStar definitely beats them in value for money, and possibly taste, too.
I actually recommended it to my sister, who ended up going there a few days later and trying the Bulgogi, Ox tongue and Pork Belly, all of which she gave her stamp of approval. We're not strangers to Asian BBQ, so I think that counts for something!
We definitely had plenty of food to fill us up, and for this kind of cuisine, service and taste, I'm not sure you can get much better value than this in London. The setting is lovely, too - I think it's one to add to your list, to cosy up in during the next few months. Sitting around a grill, feasting on delicious meat and keeping warm in the colder evenings - doesn't that sound good?
Disclaimer: I was a guest of SuperStar BBQ and the meal was complimentary. All opinions are my own, as always.