Shotgun BBQ (Closed)

The food business is not the easiest industry and nor is every one successful. There has been many examples of restaurant that I have seen closing and the most recent one this year is Shotgun BBQ. Soon after my visit in January of this year Shotgun BBQ closed it doors.

I had their all you can eat lunch offer for £25 excluding drinks and service charge. A great deal if you can eat enough meat to make your money worth.

To start we had Gombo (okra with smoked pork belly) and  boiled peanut dip. Those with nut allergies the restaurant swap the boiled peanut dip for devil egg. I thought the devil egg was a better option than the boiled peanut dip.

Shotgun BBQ

Following by the mains where it started with a trip to the kitchen. We got to visit the chef who then filled our plates with meat. There was choice of Smoked chicken BBQ Rub, USDA brisket, Suckling pig and Pork Belly.

Looking at the suckling pig make you think this is worth it even if I don’t go for a second round.

Shotgun BBQ

I found the beef brisket on the dry side and it was my least favourite meat we tried. The chicken was as I expected to be dry being the chicken breast and I have a preference of the more succulent part of the chicken. My favourite would be the suckling pig that was served like pulled pork mixed in a spicy seasoning. Follow by the belly pork which was still moist.

Shotgun BBQ

The meat came with unlimited helping of pickles, raw onions and bun.

Shotgun BBQ

We also got four sides to go with the meat including cornbread which according to the menu should had come as a starter.

Shotgun BBQ

The meal finished with a banana pudding for dessert which was not exciting. A bit of fresh bananas, cream, cake and banana purée.

Shotgun BBQ

The restaurant did felt a bit on the dull side. The curtain which was there to keep the place warm when the door open but it did not help the place. I still remember reaching the front door thinking they looked closed and they are now truly closed. Here is a video of the memories of my trip to Shotgun BBQ.

Yijo BBQ

Yijo BBQ is a tradition Korean restaurant where you can get charcoal BBQ in North West London. The restaurant is local to North Finchley and right next to the tube station.

Yijo BBQ

Yijo BBQ

There are are a range of Korean starters to select on the menu. We ordered a variety of traditional Korean starters.

Yukhoe (£9.50) is a Korean beef tartare served with pear and topped with egg.

Yijo BBQ

Par Jeon (£7.90) is a Korean seafood pancake and is one of my favourite Korean dish to order.

Yijo BBQ

Yang yeum chicken (£8.50) is fired chicken in sweet chilli sauce.

Yijo BBQ

Yijo has a range of meats to order for BBQ, ranging from beef, chicken, pork, lamb, duck and seafood. There is also platters which are great to get a range of meat. We ordered the modum so gogi set (£30) which includes different selection of meat.

Yijo BBQ

The restaurant is happy to leave you to cook the meat yourself. But if you are not sure how to cook the meat or prefer it to be cooked for you the staff will be happy to help.

Yijo BBQ

Yijo BBQ

The BBQ meats came served with lettuce leaves, side dishes and sauces.

Yijo BBQ

Yijo has a selection of rice and noodles including the famous bibimbap.

Yijo BBQ

There is a range of Korean broths and hotpots on Yijo’s menu. We tried the Sam Gae Tang (£15) which is one of the traditional Korean broth. It is made up of a whole chicken cooked with ginseng.

The portion size was decent for the price. Although the chicken was nicely cooked but I thought there was not enough ginseng.

Yijo BBQ

It is not a fancy place but one where you get decent Korean food at reasonable price. I do recommend you book in advance for a table.

Yijo BBQ
1 Station Road,
Finchley
N3 2SB,
UK

http://www.yijo.co.uk

Mr. Iron 熨烤達人, Hong Kong

Mr Iron is a Korean BBQ restaurant in Hong Kong which is located within the Mong Kok area.

Mr Iron

The restaurant design feels like you are eating in some underground space. It make it a trendy place to hang out for dinner.

Mr Iron

Unlike many Korean BBQ restaurant, the uniqueness about Mr Iron is a cast iron is used to bbq the meat. But not all meat on the menu require the cast iron. There is a symbol to indicate which one requires the cast iron.

Mr Iron

We ordered the pork belly (HK$105) which comes in one thick portion. It was one mega piece of meat and one where we had no idea where to start. Lucky the staff was there to help with cooking it.

Mr Iron

They started off cooking it with the skin faced down and the cast iron placed on top. After the outside was cooked, it was sliced in to thick chunk and further grilled until the meat was fully cooked. Unlike the usual thinly sliced belly pork you would find at a Korean BBQ, this was more like the Chinese crispy pork with the crispy texture skin.

Although, it looks fun with the cast iron, it did felt unsafe as the flame would go up with the oil dripping off the hot iron. We were so glad the staff was there to give us some helping hand, although they were happy for you to cook it urself.

Mr Iron

The restaurant has a drink list which is on a board hanging from the ceiling. It include a range of different flavour of cider. But this is no normal cider that most us would know with the boozy content. Instead cider in Korean term is a soft drink with no alcohol. It is just another fizzy drink.

I thought the drink was cool which tasted like cream soda. It is a drink I recommend to try when visiting Mr. Iron. The bottle is tipped upside down in to a glass . When you drink from the straw you can watch the content of the bottle get less and less.

Mr Iron

Overall I thought the food was average and expensive. Apart from the cast iron it was really like another Korean BBQ restaurant. However, it is a cool place to come here with a group of friends. If you have your birthday here, they will play Happy Birthday in Korean.

The queue for a table at Mr Iron can be long at peak time. So I do recommend trying to not go when every one goes.

(Not Sponsored. Menu and prices correct at the time of dining)

Mr. Iron 熨烤達人
G/F,147 Sai Yee Street,
Mong Kok,
Hong Kong

(旺角洗衣街147號地下)

Porky’s BBQ and Beer Pong (Bankside)

When I first wrote about Porky’s BBQ they only had their Camden Town branch. But since my last few years it has grown with a total of five branches, including one in Bankside.

Compared to their Camden Town branch, their Bankside branch is bigger and more spacious. Also, both Bankside and Boxpark branch has beer pong which available to diners.

Beer pong cost £20 per game which includes beers, ping pong balls and cups. The staff will set it up for you and there is instruction on how to play the game. 

In general, there are two teams and 10 cups filled with beer. Each team will take turns to throw a ping pong ball in to the other team’s cup. When a ball lands in the opposition’s cup they remove the ball and drink the beer. The team that successfully removes all of their opponents cups from the table is the winner.
Porkys Bankside

The menu has changed slightly since I last visited a Porky branch. The menu seems to be larger and their main dishes are now served with beans, slaw and house pickles.

Porky’s is popular for their memphis meaty ribs and tips (£14). But I was disappointed with my latest visit at Bankside that it was lacking the smokey flavour and it looked dry. I felt the pulled pork (£12) was better than the memphis meaty ribs. The meat was tender and full of flavour.

Porkys Bankside

(Not sponsored. Menu and prices correct at the time of dining)

Porky’s BBQ (Bankside)
18 New Globe Walk,
Bankside,
SE1 9DR,
UK

http://www.porkys.co.uk

Hotbox

Hotbox is a casual restaurant located near Spitalfields market that specialise in serving smoked meat. Its definetly the place to go for those who like their ribs and pulled pork.

HotBox

The menu is not long but enough to give people choice. Some time a short menu can be a good sign as it gives a restaurnt to concentrate on just a few items and provide it at its best.

HotBox

The smoked dishes is considered as the main and all are severd with house pickles. If you can not decide which one of the smoked meat to choose than you can opt for the Hotbox smoked selection (£21) which comes with all the different meat that Hotbox serves on their menu. The smoked selection will consist of Beef Short Rib, Pork Rib, Chicken Thigh, Hot Link Sausage, Pulled Pork.

HotBox

If you like your carb than Hotbox also serve the meat as a sandwich.

HotBox

You will need to get sides separately to go with any of the smoked but this allow you to share across the table. There are various selection of sides to choose and the two of my favourite are the mac & cheese (£6) and the sweet potato fries (£4).

HotBox

Although Hotbox serves what you could call as “dirty” food, the bill can add up depending what you order. I actully did not feel it is cheap to dine at Hotbox and it is defintely only a place to come once in a while. But don’t get the wrong idea that this is some classy resturant because it not, the place itself is like diner and very casual.

(Prices correct at the time of dining)

Hotbox
46-48 Commercial Street,
London,
E1 6LT,
UK

http://hotboxlondon.com

Superstar BBQ

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.

SuperStar BBQ

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.

SuperStar BBQ

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!).

SuperStar BBQ

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.

SuperStar BBQ

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.

SuperStar BBQ

The chilli squid was nice with a crispy batter and a chewy center, but it needed slightly more flavour.

SuperStar BBQ

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.

SuperStar BBQ

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.

SuperStar BBQ

SuperStar BBQ

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.

SuperStar BBQ

SuperStar BBQ

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.

SuperStar BBQ

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

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.

SuperStar BBQ

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)

Superstar BBQ
4 central Saint Giles Piazza,
St Giles High Street,
London,
WC2H 8AB

http://superstarbbq.co.uk

Porky’s BBQ

Me and a few friends stumbled across Porky’s BBQ, when we were looking for dinner around Camden Town. As you will have guess the restaurant specialise in pork. When you come to Porky it is about ribs and pulled pork.

Porky

The ribs here are no average ribs, as they are so meaty that you will hardly find much bones. If you come here, then I suggest to come with an empty stomach if you want to finish off your rib meal. It is definitely a man vs ribs!

Porky

When we first came to Porky we did not realise how meaty the ribs, until we kept eating to find there was actually not much bones. But we also started with some opening dishes to try the first time we were here and that probabaly did leave less room in our stomach for the ribs.

I think we could had left the pork sctaching which was too hard and crunchy for me. But I am not a person who like hard and crunchy food!

Porky

However, the BBQ Wings was my favourite which was covered in tasty Porky’s BBQ sauce.

Porky

If you are not a rib fan and prefer some thing lighter than the pulled pork at Porky is a good alternative. The pulled pork comes served with toasted bun and like the ribs it is accompanied with house pickles which helps open your appertite.

Porky

The pulled pork can be served as a porky burgers. But this is not the only burger served by the restaurant. If you are not in to your pork then there is a beef burger or for veggie fans the bean burger.

You have the option to get sides to go with your dish which I found are good to share on the table. My favourite are the sweet potatoes fries which is a good alternative to the seasoned fries.

I loved the way the food are served at Porky, which seem like a common way to serve food these day. It has that rustic feel which seem so British to me!

Porky

Porky’s BBQ (Camden Town)
18 Chalk Farm Road,
Camden,
NW1 8AG

http://www.porkys.co.uk