Koreatown: Getting Beefy with Piedmontese Beef at Star King BBQ
Korean BBQ in LA just went next level. Star King BBQ introduced Piedmontese beef about a year ago but only recently brought in the tomahawk cut. The huge steak feeds four or more and is actually the best deal at $120. To get this kind of quality steak at a steak house would run you a very pretty penny.
You begin your meal with a variety of banchan (complimentary appetizers). I loved the Japanese pumpkin salad as well as the seaweed. The kimchi was of very good quality.
We also got a few additional sides including the acorn jelly salad, crispy beef salad and japchae. I really enjoyed the acorn jelly. I’m a fan of this sort of “jell-o” and thought it was very refreshing to eat bites of salad with bites of beef.
Pretty soon we were ready to start grilling. After both sides have been seared, a serve cuts the steak into bite-sized pieces. There are other cuts available including a ribeye but there’s something amazing about the tomahawak.
Then you can grill the meat further if you wish. We did so with pieces closer to the bone and middle. The steak is lightly brushed with olive oil and salted before grilling so you may wish to dip into provided sauces. I find the classic combination of fermented soybean paste and sesame oil to be the sauce of choice. But you may want to go spicier or tangier.
Star King also provided rice paper (large flat noodles) to wrap up your meat in which I did with bits of kimchi and salad. Sometimes I ate it with japchae noodles. That steak seemed endless!
As a special treat, we also got the back ribs. These are marinated and didn’t require sauce. There’s a huge menu to explore that includes other meat and Star King plans to bring on more fish. We talked about adding craft beer as well. Though classic Korean beer and soju worked just fine with our KBBQ.
Star King is across the street from the Wiltern. It’d make a great pre-dinner meal or there are lunch specials during the day if you’re in need of a KBBQ fix.(213) 384-5464 © The Minty 2014