I back!! Yes, I am back blogging and I want to start with a recent new opening, Superstar BBQ. It is a Korean restaurant located at Tottenham Court Road’s Central Saint Giles Piazza and a neighbour to Ippudo. It is good timing with the disappearance of the cluster of Korean restaurants at Centre Point, due to the regeneration of Tottenham court road and Crossrail.
The restaurant has taken over what used to be Jamie Oliver’s Union Jack. I did visit SuperStar BBQ the second week it opened and came out thinking whether I would visit again. However, they did a one day 50% off for food and I took the opportunity to revisit. It was wonderful to see the improvements that had been made in the food and the staff seem to be better trained.
The KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) in sweet chilli sauce is one of my favourite on the menu. You can order in either 5, 10 and 22 pieces. The first time we ordered the five pieces but only counted four pieces. We had more people in our recent visit and ordered a bucket containing 22 pieces (hopefully it did!).
There are other sauces (special soy, kimchi mayo) you can choose but I feel it’s never the same if it not the sweet chilli sauce. Both time it was cooked beautifully, succulent chicken pieces with a slight crispy coating wrapped in a sticky sweet spicy sauce.
The pa jeon I was greatly surprised to find had improved since our first visit. The texture and the taste of the batter was definitely much better. Even when it arrived to the table it looked more comparable to the par jeon you would find at other London restaurants.
The jap chae is served with or without beef (additional £1.50), which gives you the option to cater for vegetarian or non-beef eater. The dish was full of flavour but I felt the glass noodle was a touch too soft. Also the portion was small for £6, compared to others places.
The chilli squid was nice with a crispy batter and a chewy center, but it needed slightly more flavour.
As the name suggested we had to try the BBQ at Superstar. Although the menu is simple there are still a wide variety of choice. There is a section for beef, lamb chicken, seafood and vegetables.
Each table has a built-in BBQ stove and the design is much easier to control the heat with the touch screen pad. I’m sure this is all so common in Korean but not in London! The only observation we made was there was no obvious fan extractors. But it didn’t feel smokey at all, so may be there is some hidden extractors.
We ordered both the rib galbi (£7), as well as the sesame & garlic sirloin beef (£8.50). I would recommend the bolgogi rib galbi beef which is much tender and full of flavour from the marinated sauce.
Belly pork (£7) was served thinly slice which is how and it should be served. The pork had a good consistent of lean and fat meat.
If you not are familiar with Korean BBQ, than it is common to wrap your meat with some bean paste in lettuce. The light and refreshing way to have BBQ!. You will have to order the lettuce separate and you will find them on the menu as Mixed lettuce, which will come with the bean paste.
The kimchee soup at Superstar BBQ is good which is served in a traditional Korean soup bowl and comes with a separate bowl of rice. The soup is like a stew which consisted of tofu, Kimchee and sliced pork. It was spicy but not burning for me. It’s defintely a dish that is great for the cold winter season.
Superstar BBQ also serve Bimbimbap in the option in “Hot Stone” or “Traditional”. We tried the “Hot Stone” which is the version where it is served in a sizzling hot stone bowl. I was not quick enough to take a photo before we started to mix it up, but it did arrive beautifully presented as you expect from a bimbimbap.
I am glad to have revisit Superstar BBQ because the improvements has made a different. It would be a place I would consider to recommend if you looking for Korean food. The range of dishes that is offered in the menu give you a good overview of Korean cuisines.
It does depends what you order, but you could easily spend over £20 at Superstar BBQ. There are set menu ranging from £25 to £35 (excluding drinks and service charge) which looks great if you not sure what to order.
(Prices correct at the time of dining)
4 central Saint Giles Piazza,
St Giles High Street,