10 REASONS WHY SHIRO IS, WELL, SHIRO
Bangalore is famed for many things but for people who have lived here forever (and by that, I do not mean 5 years), the weather tops the list. Naturally, most restaurants and bars have cleverly capitalised on this spawning multiple open-air spaces in the city, each with their own loyal fan following. Despite how many new bars / restaurants crop up everyday, Shiro remains a favourite. Here’s why.
- Home to the Shiro bar, the outdoor space has a partially open roof, trees and plants and natural wood all around with comfy lounge seating. Perfect for day and night.
- Their constant innovation when it comes to their menu and special offers. One of the first to ride the ‘Masterchef’ wave, Shiro introduced a new menu of sushi, dumplings, and other assorted delights to tantalise even the most ardent of saints.
- Following the success of that strategy, they now routinely partner with some of the best chefs to introduce the latest food trends and techniques in their food and drink in the form of limited, seasonal menus. Recently, their Thai food festival had me luxuriating in the best mango chilli cocktail I’ve ever tasted. Their Steaming Sensations Festival (on till 24th July) offers up a Rose in Bloom martini that might possibly change the way you look at cocktails.
- Most Japanese food fiends will be familiar with Harima and their bento box. But Shiro was the first to introduce the concept of delivering a bento box, courtesy Swiggy. I highly recommend the Vegetarian Makimono Bento and the Sushi, Sashimi, and Makimono Bento. If you’re looking for something more filling, opt for the Donburi Bento – it’s heaven in a box.
- I have very fond (and some not so fond) memories of Shiro brunches. If you’re enterprising enough to make reservations three days in advance, you’re likely to spot the beautiful people of Bangalore dressed to the nines, downing cocktails and grooving to the latest hits being spun by the DJ du jour. As far as I’m concerned, the best part of the brunch is the unlimited access to food. You need a good 4 – 5 hours to be able to do justice to the veritable smorgasbord of dishes on offer.
- Have I mentioned the Teppenyaki yet? If you haven’t already experienced it, go tonight. It’s a little bit like magic and a lot like a performance that you would pay good money for.
- If you’re not a fan of crowds (and I’m not), go for lunch on a weekday. They have a fantastic set menu where you can opt for unlimited sushi and dimsum or choose a two-course or three-course from a list of dishes that will have you planning your next lunch. I personally opt for the unlimited sushi + dimsum. Because, why not?
- If you’re a DIY person, Shiro indulges you with their many and quickly booked-out workshops such as the ‘Art of Rolling Sushi’, ‘Art of making Dim Sum’, to name a few – all conducted by chefs of high repute.
- They constantly offer up new concoctions but my favourites remain the Apple – Cinnamon Martini, the Demerara Fig Mojito, and the Old Fashioned. When it comes to food, you cannot go wrong with the extensive range of sushi they have on offer. Vegetarians should try the Shiitake Tempura Maki and the Crispy Spicy Avocado.
- The perfect Thai curry is a pipe dream, anywhere outside of Thailand. Except at Shiro, where you should order the Thai yellow curry with steamed Japanese white rice – guaranteed to induce paroxysms of pleasure. A distinct and wonderful departure from the staple red and green curries, Shiro does it best. Another way to go is Donburi – I personally prefer the Udon noodles variant but being South Indian, will never say no to the alternative.
How to get there:
Where: 2nd Floor, UB City Mall, Vittal Mallya Road, Lavelle Road, Bangalore
Contact: 080 41738861 | 080 41738864 (Reservation Recommended)
Cost: ₹3,000 for two people with alcohol
Timings: Sunday to Thursday- 12:30 PM to 11:30 PM | Friday & Saturday – 12:30 PM to 1 AM