Le Grand Cuisine at Star ChefFriday, March 19, 2010
Each Meal at Star Chef starts out with a bowl of broccoli with bits of caramelly garlic. The radiant green will prepare your eyes and stomach for the feast ahead. Star Chef is a place I go to to indulge in gastronomic wonders. I mean the menu hasn't changed in a long time, but it's nice to know that you can get great food in the city.
The wine menu is something that needs some work. There aren't many exceptional bottles on the menu. Since we were going to have the whole trout tonight, we first went with a reisling. It really couldn't hold up to the spice. I recommend a cocktail or a beer instead.
Here is the mushroom and beef salad. It is a humongous salad- easily enough to feed two people till they are full. The slightly citrus and creamy notes of the dressing paired well with the savory, grilled morsels of beef. The mushrooms added a earthy note too the dish. The whole cloves of roasted garlic really stand out here. There was one slight problem, the zing of the chili peppers on the dish killed the subtle notes of all the other elements here. Next time I will ask for them on the side.
The shrimp were in a hot and sour sauce. Meh, not my favorite- but because shrimp isn't my favorite thing to eat. The batter is light and the sauce is velvety and that's all I'm going to say about that. 28,000 won.
Here's the tour de force dish at Star Chef. It's a whole fried fish topped with cilantro, paper thin onions, and greens in a lemon ponzo sauce. It's overwhelmingly beautiful and the taste is worth going back for over and over again. Chef Kim only uses the freshest fish and he skillfully fries it so it tastes greaseless. (Market Price ours was 46,000)
Star Chef: 서울시 강남구 도곡동 417-2/ Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Dogok-dong 417-2 (click here for the map – Korean only)
02-529-8248 RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED