Shizusan has a special promo of world inspired bao across their outlets in Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai called The Traveling Bao Festival. And that was a pretext I used to start a journey Phoenix Market City bound on a Satuday. And it will feel more like a journey as you near Whitefield, with the usual onslaught of traffic coupled with the Metro construction. But we braved through it, ignoring Google Maps trying to be a step ahead suggesting random by lanes. This was our second time in Shizusan, and we love the way the place is done. The chic décor of the indoors, gives way to the casual dining and bar that’s in the terrace area overlooking the courtyard of the mall. We joined the lunch party outside. Sunny but just only the right bit.
The promotional menu features 10 interesting baos, and we started with Smoked Duck Bao. Each bao dish came in a pair. The spicy duck came with green apple topped with mayo, and was definitely a good start. And I got Iced Milo Milkshake minus the vodka – because I don’t drink in the afternoons. Right. Tapash got Ok Lah which had the citrus goodness of orange overload with a touch of kaffir lime. Tofu & Hirata Buns came next – tofu in BBQ sauce and pickled cucumber and topped with miso mayo. A great choice. And lastly – because the pork came highly recommended – was the Gua Bao Pork Belly. Braised pork belly cooked to perfection served in the soft steamed buns.
My first visit to Shizusan saw a lot of sushi. So we ordered a non-vegetarian Rainbow Maki – it came with tuna, salmon and crabstick fillings – very nice, and just as we remembered it. We tried two desserts – first the classic Filipino Halo Halo Sundae, that comes with three ice creams, jelly, red beans, corn, rice crisps. Shizusan is probably the only place in Bangalore that serves this dish, well a pretty classy version of it, and the ingredients though slightly strange in a dessert come together quite well. And the chef recommended the Tender Coconut Cheesecake, which we absolutely loved. The taste and texture was perfect, and it didn’t just have coconut essence, but the actual tender coconut flavor. Even came topped with a chunk of the coconut flesh.
The Last Word
In summary, we found Shizusan to have a wonderfully comprehensive pan Asian menu – covering dim sums, sushi & maki, Asian Tapas like Bo La Lot, Turnip Cakes, variety of curries and staples, and a select set of Asian desserts. The menu features a lot of interesting cocktails as well, though we didn’t try them this time. For a dining out experience or just to catch up over some dim sums and delicious Milo milk shake (with vodka!), we would recommend the place. Shizusan brings Asia to Whitefield, no doubt! The Traveling Bao festival is ongoing, so check that out as well!