” The more you eat, the less flavour; the less you eat, the more flavour”- Chinese proverb
While baskets filled with little miniature masterpieces, fill the dwam before my sleep ; I slip into a state of trance and let the bygone moments, decide the menu of the day.
About Shizusan shophouse:
Shizusan, is an award winning South East Asian eatery, where the emphasis is, on food & drink that’s customarily found in eating houses across South East Asia. The concept is a prototype of the foregone era of 2-3 storey shophouses.
Ambiance & Decor :
The decor, transcends you back to a time of cultural exuberance. The wall art depicting whooping cranes standing in harmony & the ceiling bound & brimming with faux plants makes this just perfect, while i try to ignore the modern snippets of technology here and there ; it’s quite easy to think that you are in an actual ShopHouse.
The ambiance is very relaxed & is extremely soothing.
A set of well groomed & helpful staff always makes you feel at ease about dining in at any place & Shizusan was successful in doing so, as well.
The Grub Story :
I, was here for “The Travelling Bao Festival”, which is a curated special menu dedicated to different kinds of Bao’s. Both vegetarian & non vegetarian options are available and are extremely delicious.
The Bao’s were immaculate and was almost like gulping little chewy bits of cloud. The Bao’s have a nice firm bite to it & are yet soft. Here are the different kinds of fillings that I savoured :
- Geisha (₹155/-) : A deep flavourful pot of kukicha infused with rose petals, sesame, bamboo shoot, ginger & schishandra superberries. I, really must say that this was one of the most flavourful teas that I have had in Bangalore. Must try. The subtle berry tones coupled with the deep freshness of bamboo is just so refreshing & the best way to start your meal.
- Hirata & Tofu Buns (₹275/- for 2 pcs): A crunchy BBQ tossed Tofu enclosed in a Bao with pickled cucumber & miso mayo. The tender yet smoky Tofu, melted against the knife. Flavours are subtle yet very pronounced.
- Banh Bao Chay (₹275/- for 2 pcs) : The Vietnamese Bao, filled with wild mushrooms & glass noodles. The filling is imbibed with deep flavours & the umami flavour comes across.
- Five Spiced Tofu (₹275/- for 2 pcs): The Tofu in both the Bao’s was just so tender and literally fell apart with no resistance. The five spiced Tofu was had faint hints of the spices.
- Nai Wong (₹275/- for 2 pcs) : These were the Cantonese Custard Buns, just the perfect way to end your meal, which replaces the dessert actually. The custard within was well cooked & was just so lightly sweet. Must try again.
Verdict : The Travelling Bao Festival, is certainly a light on the pocket opportunity to experience the different kinds of Bao’s from the Far East. An immersive experience to understand the cultural differences & similarities.
I, would certainly recommend trying the special Bao menu out, till it’s on.