Tonight a few of us from our theatre headed round the corner for an evening of culinary hedonism at Star Chef. There really is no other place like this in Korea, the food is exquisite and the flavours are not to be found anywhere else in Seoul...
As always the broccoli and garlic chips made their way to the table and were consumed with abandon. I'm not a broccoli fan, but this dish makes me want to ask for seconds.
Next up was the octopus and cuttlefish salad, this isn't on the menu, but if you ask nicely they may be able to whip it up for you. The seafood is succulent and dressed beautifully, but one companion complained of too many olives and capers; a punchy addition to a beautiful salad.
To follow we procured the grilled chicken breast salad, I was skeptical, but as soon as I tasted the perfectly cooked fowl, I was hooked. Still juicy and gently smothered in rosemary, a very different salad with very different flavours.
Hot on their heels came the Prime Rib Eye Special, another salady dish with a gorgeous mustard dressing and perfectly cooked Australian waegyu beef. It's wonderful to be able to order steak and for it to come out exactly how it should be: bloody and tender.
Moving on to the crispy fried beef was also a pleasure. Delightfully light battered meat with another differently dressed salad.
Tossed together they created a fantastically messy coriander laden crispy delicacy.
Finally we were served The Amazing Fish, we went for the red snapper which arrived crispy and covered in coriander and ginger. Boned at the table and then quickly devoured; it was the star of the evening.
Star Chef is most definitely worth a visit, but to be safe be sure to book a table ahead of time to save any heartbreak. You can call them on 02 529 8248 and they are located just round the corner from Maebong station.
Onto a little bit of an exclusive, from this weekend onwards Star Chef will be serving Alley Kat Draft for 8,000 won a glass. A mighty fine tipple that quenches the thirst and satisfies those with a yearning for pale ale in Seoul.