If you were given a choice (for dinner): Chinese Hotpot or Korean BBQ, which one would you pick? For some, it’s an easy answer, however that’s definitely not the case for me. Chinese Hotpot and Korean BBQ are two of the most popular themes of Asian restaurants these days. Their new, appealing style of eating is simply too hard to resist. But what if you didn’t have to choose? Introducing… Superhot!
As one of the most fascinating, new Asian-fusion restaurants in the Bay Area, Superhot, located in downtown Mountain View, provides you with the ultimate dining experience: Korean BBQ and Chinese Hotpot. Big shoutout and thank you to Aunty Polly for recommending this restaurant to us. As a 2 in 1 type restaurant, Superhot has quickly become one of our favorites over the holidays.
Oh man, where do I even start. Driving up to the restaurant for first time, you’ll immediately notice its vibrant setting, marked by bright red booth seats and a glowing “Supreme” themed title-sign. Walking through the doors for the first time, you’ll be met with the smell of meat on the grill and the sound of customers having the time of their life. Keeping it nice and simple, Superhot is an all you can eat type restaurant. For up to an hour (though it’s hard to last that long), you can order whatever you want: meat, vegetables, noodles, squash, fish, and more. There are even free broth refills. From the moment you sit down, your meal is completely up to you. You cook your own meat, you control the temperature of the broth, and you select your own toppings. It’s this giant eating operation! I mean, moving pieces of meat around on the grill, turning up the temperature of my broth, and shoving ramen noodles into my mouth simultaneously can be a little tough.
Now I have to tell you about the sauce bar, because it might be my favorite part of Superhot. Sitting in a nice central location for everyone to access, the Superhot sauce bar features classics such as ponzu and sesame sauce, but also has other interesting garnishes. Other topping like green onions, cilantro, crushes peanuts, sesame seeds, and even raw eggs (to poach in your soup) are another delicious aspect of the sauce bar. In the two times that I’ve been to Superhot, I averaged around five trips to the sauce bar each time. As you may have remembered from my earlier Japanese Shabu Shabu post, my obsession with sauce is most prominent at hotpot restaurants. I usually get 5-6 dishes just for that stuff. However, I will exhort you to not have too much of the red chili oil. Boy does that stuff give you stomach problems…
Here are some of my tips for eating at Superhot. Hopefully this post will inspire at least one of you to try it out 🙂
- First time? Go with the simple bone broth. Like spice? Try the spicy miso.
- Superhot’s long, handmade noodles are superb, and most likely something that you’ve never seen before. Try’em out!
- Certain meats are too thin to be grilled (the thin, 1/3 cm looking ones), as they stick to the metal, so I recommend throwing those ones right into your soup.
- Unless you have something against rice, order one for yourself right away because it won’t be too long before you’ll need a balancing item for all the flavors.
- Look at the entire menu. With over 100 different items to offer, all the same price, it can’t hurt to branch out and try new toppings. Who knows? Maybe you’ll stumble upon a new favorite!
- For Korean BBQ, I recommend the beef bulgogi all the way. It cooks relatively quickly, and it’s not as hard to eat as the kalbi (Korean ribs). The chicken breast is also very tender, soft, and a nice companion to the beef.
- For vegetables, the bok choy won’t fail you. It cooks very fast in the soup, and tastes amazing after soaking for a while.
- The fried donuts with the condensed milk sauce and the red bean dessert are all great items to finish your experience off.
- Your wanton desire for the goodness that is Superhot can cloud your judgement of how full you are, but if you go too fast out of the gate, you might not even make it past the 30 minute mark.
- Drink a lot of water.
So there you have it, my full review on Superhot. Would I recommend it? Obviously. If you’re anywhere near Mountain View, maybe stop by to try it out. You’ll likely want to be in a party of six or larger, because that’s the minimum for reservations. I don’t really know how much more I can stress this, but Superhot really is a one of a kind restaurant around here. It’s quite insane actually, and with their immense variety of choices, I find it hard to believe that there won’t be something you’ll enjoy. In the end, it’s definitely super!