Korean food seems to be everywhere at the moment - something which makes my belly very happy.
I'm quite new to Korean food but when I find something new I like, I tend to rinse it for all its worth.
So far, I've tried Korean in the form of steamed buns at Flesh & Buns and Taste of London and recently I delved a little deeper with rice dishes and dumplings at On the Bab but one concept I hadn't tried yet - and was desperate to - was the Korean BBQ.
This style of restaurant is HUGE in Korea. A large hot-plate grill sits in the middle of your table and awaits you to cook whatever marinated meat, fish or veg you fancy - a bit like a DIY Teppanyaki and a hell of a lot of fun.
I was invited to try out the newly opened Superstar BBQ in Tottenham Court Road and as this seemed like a pretty social way of eating, I took along the lovely Megan from GottobeGourmet.
We decided to kick things of with a few starters. I can't resist chilli squid (£6) so it was the first thing we tried on the menu. Perfectly cooked with a thin crunchy batter which didn't distract too much for the delicious squid inside...
We also went for the beef tartare (£7.50) Some people can get a bit squeamish about tartare with the whole raw meat and egg thing but the team here put this together really well and the portion size was just right for us to share. Now it's time to fire up the grills!
To get cooking we ordered a feast of belly pork (£7), marinated lamb (£7.50), tiger prawns (£8.50) and eringi mushrooms (£5.50). Plus lettuce and miso paste (£3) to use as wraps and some boiled rice (£2) as a side dish.Our waitress explained that the idea is to cook your meats/fish on the grill, take a piece of lettuce with a dab of miso, roll the whole thing up and eat. This translates to me as basically health food right?
It's a really novel way of eating - there's something massively satisfying about cooking your own food and I was really impressed with the quality of the food. I would definitely recommend the tiger prawns but the lamb was also delicious - I would have preferred if the belly pork had a bit of marinade too but overall everything tasted delicious.
If you get dessert, I recommend going for the Super Snowball - made up of shaved ice, ice cream, chocolate, fruit and nuts. So many contrasting textures and flavours in one dish but a really refreshing end to a great meal.
Massive thumbs up from me on both the concept, the food and the staff. We had two waiters who looked after us on the night and they were so attentive and helpful so credit to them!
Superstar BBQ is open Monday - Saturday for lunch between 12pm-3pm and dinner at 5pm - 11pm
4 Central Piazza St Giles, St Giles High St, London WC2H 8AB
* I was a guest of the restaurant. All food was complimentary.