Shizusan says, “When you travel find your way using food as a wanderer would using stars.” Believe you me there could not be a more appropriate saying than this when you indulge in your culinary journey here. A Pan Asian bistro, Shizusan offers an extensive culinary menu of varied countries from Japan to Vietnam.
Start off with dim sums, spinach and prawn rolls -prawns wrapped in spinach topped with their home made black bean sauce. It was yum. Personally their black bean sauce is the best I have ever tasted. Poached chicken dim sums had chicken mince served in a broth with a nice hit of chilli.
If sushi is what you crave then look no further than the Alaskan roll which incorporates crabstick, avocado with ponzu mayo with a gorgeous crunch provided by the tempura flakes. I also chose the rainbow maki which is an assortment of tuna, salmon and crab stick finger. It was finger licking good. The Philadelphia roll of salmon, cream cheese and tobiko was delicious. Vegetarians do not despair- savour their sriracha blush.
For hot appetizers, do give the KFC a try. This is Krabi fried chicken which is succulent chicken wrapped in pandan leaves accompanied by an oyster sesame dip. The sauce provides the perfect balance to this fantastic dish. Japanese okonomiyaki is something even I had not tasted before. It is a savoury pancake from Osaka- a thick wholesome and delectable pancake of grated vegetables drizzled with kewpie mayo and okonomi sauce.
For entrée, the adventurous can opt for either the slow cooked pork belly or sliced water buffalo tenderloin tossed in oyster sauce and sesame oil- both won rave reviews. For me, my personal favourite had to be the chicken in black bean sauce. It was so good that I even hinted that they bottle the sauce recipe just so I can buy it. The Mapo tofu which was silken tofu stewed in pearl garlic sauce was scrumptious.
Dessert had some really good choices which were quite a welcome change to the usual boring Asian desserts. The dish of the day hands down had to be the peanut butter pie. It was a stunning dish and every mouthful was an absolute delight. This was followed closely by the chocolate yule, plum pudding and sangsom sabayon. The sabayon had a nice alcoholic flavor to it without overpowering the other two elements of the dish.
The classic mud pie deserves a mention too as it was moist and heavenly. It hence comes as no surprise that Shizusan has deservedly been nominated for the best pan asian restaurant for the Times Food awards. Chopsticks crossed for its win.
Shizusan- The Asian Bistro
Disclaimer – This review was done on an invitation from the establishment. Views expressed in the review is entirely ours and without any bias. Pictures of the dishes are not the standard portions, they are sample portions.