Super Pollo II - Brick, NJ
- bgut1 Dec 30, 2008 05:18 PM
I was given the task this evening to pick up some food for dinner. I heard about this small little Peruvian joint in the Kennedy Mall off Hooper Ave. in Brick. When I got there, I almost “chickened” out as the restaurant was empty and nobody was even behind the counter. Undeterred, I walked in to find a few chickens spinning on a rotisserie and a somewhat empty refrigerated case containing a nice looking crème caramel. After perusing the menu (and never having ordered Peruvian food), I decided to heed my friends advice and order the house specialty Pollo Entero Solo (a whole rotisserie chicken), an order of cancha (salted puffed corn tossed in oil/butter), and a glass of chicha morada (a Peruvian purple-corn drink that is simultaneously sweet, spicy, and fruity – think a cold mulled wine or punch).
I’m happy to report that everything was excellent. The most notable of the bunch was the chicken. I must admit that it was probably the best roast chicken I have ever had. It was both juicy and tender with a marinade/seasoning which permeated throughout the meat. The cancha was also quite good once you got over the consistency of the corn kernel. I could see myself eating a bushel of these things at the movies in lieu of a bucket of popcorn. I heard about the chichi morada and while I’m happy I tried it, I doubt I would drink it on a regular occasion as it was a bit too sweet for me. I hope this place lasts as I would like to try some of the more unfamiliar Peruvian fare. I would recommend SP II without hesitation. Good Luck.
This place is wonderful!
Had no intention of trying this today but was lost, made a turn, and was here!
Realized it was on the my list and gave it a try.
Brought home a Rotisserie Chicken - AMAZING chicken AMAZING flavor!
These are kind wonderful people.
Traditional Lima Peru Cuisine on the menu as well aka Criollo dishes.
Had another Inca Kola as well - this tastes just like bubble gum!
Next time will try the Tacu Tacu and Alfajores for dessert
Not fancy just good food!
Cannot wait to return!
re: Peruvian Puma
Well bgut1 you did it to me again!!! I finally got a chance to visit Super Pollo II in Bricktown this afternoon for lunch & I must say it was wonderful. Super Pollo I is in Brooklyn. Nice decor very pleasing to the eye I love the peach and soft yellow walls with the dark brown wood tables & chairs. I was warmly greeted by my beautiful & friendly smiling server....she took my drink order as I perused the menu. I opened with an Empanada which cam blistered & crisp just as I liked them with seasoned chopped meat inside & a slice of fresh lime to squeeze on top. I enjoyed that mucho & awaited my mains......half Peruvian Rotisserie chicken that was for sure one of the best I have ever had. the skin was crispy and so beautifully seasoned I was licking my fingers, I don't know what they do to it but they certainly have it going on in that kitchen !
I also ordered the Chicharones, deep fried thick seasoned pork chunks with a side of crispy fried sweet potato slices with a red onion relish on the side.....she brought me the house hot sauce which is "cold" it looks like a creamy light green avocado sauce which has just enough nice heat to it for topping just about anything YUMMY! I also ordered a side of Peruvian Rice & Beans .......w/ white rice which was fantastic.....they use a white bean with a super sauce and spices next to some nice fluffy light non sticky white rice... a great combination of flavor. Although I was stuffed by this time I wish I brought the family so we could have ordered so many many more dishes....but I just had to take home some deserts and so I chose the Alfajores a shortbread cookie with caramel in between..., & the Purple Peruvian Bread pudding with Pineapple bits...all in all I love this place and I will return very soon .........try it you'll like it!!
Thanks to bgut, tapas and shabby we were looking forward to trying Super Pollo ll and trust me, it did not disappoint.
We went with our friends who live in Bricktown, they knew the place existed but had not yet tried it.
The place is clean, simple but attractive decor, plus nice and casual. After looking at the extensive menu, we decided to experiment with several different items.
Had both types of empanadas, chicken and beef. Both were crispy and filled with meat. Both very good, I had a slight preference for the chicken.
Papa Rellena was a deep fried mashed potato ball stuffed with ground beef, sauteed onions, raisins, hard boiled egg and black olives. This was served with lime marinated onions. From the description you would think the flavors would be strong, this was actually mild in flavor but amazingly light in texture which made it addictive to keep going back to.
Chicharron was chunks of deep fried seasoned pork served with sweet potato chips and those lime marinated onions. OMG, lights out, this dish was the real deal. Rich, calorie overload but sooo good :)
By this time we were already getting full but we continued with this feast. Both couples ordered the Whole Peruvian Style Rotisserie Chicken. These were good size and as bgut mentioned the spices permeated the entire chicken making for a finger licking treat. Also ordered sides of white rice and seasoned pink beans which were tasty and the beans not pasty as they can sometimes be, fried sweet plaintains which were tasty and Cancha, the toasted corn kernels, also very good. The last time we had Cancha was at Cuzco in South River but these were even better.
We ordered a couple of desserts to bring back to our friends house. The Mazamorra Morada or Peruvian purple corn pudding with bits of pineapple and apple spiced with cinnamon. At other Peruvian places this is usually mixed with a cream dessert, on its own it was OK, more like a gelatin in texture and taste. Better with cream :)
Also had a Alfajores which is their traditional cookie halfs filled with caramel. Yummy.
Chicken left over for dinner tonight, can't wait. This place is quite a find and I can highly recommend it.
Last month I came across this website while googling information on Super Pollo II. I had driven by it several times, and found my curiosity growing every time. After reading everyone's posts I was convinced I had to try this for dinner (THANK YOU!)
Ladies and gentlemen... this is now by far my favorite local restaurant! I'm not too familiar with Hispanic food, but something about their dishes just feels like home. The first time I was there I ordered the recommended half chicken with rice and beans. Everything was so full of flavor and the chicken was perfectly "rotisseried".... i can still taste it and its making my mouth water mmmmm. Anyway, I have since then tried the lomo saltado (which is strips of steak, fries, onions and other goodies sauteed and served over rice), and tallarin verde con bistec (spaghetti with a delicious pesto sauce and a very large piece of steak). Both were large portions and the leftovers were just as yummy.
Oh, and lets not forget the jalea. It is a seafood lovers dream! A mountain of fried fish, calamari, shrimp and yucca garnished with a tomato and onion relish and cancha. This dish was so big it could easily feed three people.
These days you really need a bang for your buck and Super Pollo II definitely hits the spot... every time! Hmmm. I think I'll go there during my lunch break tomorrow. Cant wait!!!
P.S. This is my first post, so please let me know how I did heehee.
With all the talk about SPII I had to stop in on my way home. I picked up a Whole Rotisserie Chicken, the Mazamorra Morada (the rice pudding was unavailable) and an Alfajores cookie. In an interesting change of pace, I thought I would transcribe my oldest child's opinion of the food (he is 7 yrs old BTW). As to the chicken, he opined as follows: "Wow Daddy. I didn't think chicken could taste that good." As for the Mazamorra Morada: "OMG - That was worst thing I ever tasted (which was followed with him disposing of his mouthful in the garbage)."
Although I didn't share his harsh criticism for the dessert, I could understand why he didn't enjoy it. Both the loose gelatin texture and the cinnamon undertones made the dessert a bit unappetizing. The cookie on the other hand was fabulous. It was soft, flaky and buttery with a creamy and sweet caramel center. If not for my diet, I would have enjoyed more than a few bites. I did however experience a troubling observation during my visit. For the second time, I've arrived to find an empty restaurant. For a Friday evening this is most disconcerting. Folks - We need to support this restaurant or risk losing it and being relegated to chain restaurant hell. Please please please dine at SPII and recommend it to your friends. Thank you.
Bgut, my wife and I stopped in today for lunch today and shared a salad as well as a half chicken with rice and beans. Delicious is the word that comes to mind. We also took a whole chicken to go and will knock it off very soon. BTW we went to B44 again last night with another couple and had great meals enjoyed by all in this TR bistro. This is our 4th visit and so far all very nice experiences.
Finally made it here today. Funny thing is it's right next to my old dentist! I guess they opened recently cuz I don't remember seeing them before.
Got the chicken, chicharron, rice and beans, and sweet plantains (maduro?).
Everything was fantastic from start to finish. Wow, the rotisserie was amazing.
Thank you chow hounds!!