Kickass Alternative Cuisine At Shizusan, Viman Nagar

What do Naomi Uemura, Hyōichi Kōno, Yoshiharu Sekino, Norio Suzuki and Shizusan have in common? They all love to travel. Except Shizusan is cooler. Like way cooler. And he can pack a mean sushi.

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Shizusan be chillin

See, traditionally, Washoku is based on rice, stock, seasonal ingredients and side dishes but Shizusan wanted something different. So he set on a year-long journey across Asia to get inspired and bring home some of the cooking styles he learned on the streets of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia and add a dash of awesome to them. He invited us to sample some of his finest, and the below is an excerpt from our gabfest with him.

Shizusan (S): Yōkoso, Akshay-san !
Akshay (A): Konbanwa, Shizusan !

S: I know I know, my home may not be as big-o and bright-o as that 212 across the courtyard . . . yes, same land-lord but different Philosophy.

A: Yeah, love the easygoing ambience…its…real cozy?! Anyway, so let’s get started, then?
S: Ganbarimasu !

S: Kokodesu – Vegetable Chui Chow Dumpling
A: Mmm….tofu, mushrooms, peanuts in a paper thin pouch…earthy, nutty…and lovely touch with the chili oil !
S: Arigatō!
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S: Kokodesu – Prawn and Chive Dumpling, from my time spent in Malaysia
A: Love the green color. There’s a distinct crunch from the prawns and an almost onion-ey taste from the chives.
S: Hai
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S: Kokodesu – My Signature Chicken Soup Dumplings. You break-o with the chopstick and drink-o the soup first. Then you eat the dump-o-ling.
A: Hot damn, Shizusan ! This is sheer genius ! *breaks fourth wall* You guys have GOT to try this. The chicken broth is nice and earthy and the minced chicken in the dumpling just disappears in the mouth !
S: Arigatōgozaimashita !
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S: Kokodesu – My signature 17 ingredient slaw
A: I can see the red onions, the dressing is lovely, too. And what were the secret ingredients again?
S: Chinmokuhakin’nari
A: Say what?
S: It simply means Silence is Golden, its an old Japanese Proverb. And the recipe’s a trade secret, Baka !

S: Kokodesu – Vietnamese Watermelon Salad
A: This is kinda like 212’s watermelon and feta salad, only that additionally, there’s fresh radish, mint, cilantro, there’s a lovely crunch from the toasted almonds and the garlic soy dressing is … what’s that word … ‘Sugoi’ !
A: Arigatōgozaimashita !
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S: Kokodesu – Pepper Garlic Mushrooms
A: Must…stop…popping…mushroom…after…mushroom….these are unbelievable ! Did you say these were tossed in Thai basil and wine? Must be the wine. Has to be the wine.
S: . . . *poker face*
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S: Kokodesu – Chilli Celery Cottage Cheese
A: Paneer !
S: No, cottage cheese
A: *poker face*..anyway, love how hot it is from the sichuan peppers and the dried red chillies ! Now where did I keep my glass of Watermelon Lemonade, again?
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S: Kokodesu – Malay Style Chicken Satay
A: Sooo tender ! The freshness from the lemongrass is evident but the punch from the bird’s eye chili, not so much…
S: Hai, noted, Akshay-san !
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S: I will start with the sushi now
A: Bring it on !
S: Kokodesu – Asparagus Tempura
A: Tempura-fried asparagus core covered in nori….and that’s a black sesame crust…Interesting ! The rice is really well packed, and the piquant flavors of the dressing are really coming out ! *breaks fourth wall again* Guys, you have GOT to try this one, too !
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S: Kokodesu – Quinoa Maki
A: The grainy texture of the quinoa is a fresh change from the sticky rice…the pickled veggies are a nice touch, too !
S: Arigatō!
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S: Kokodesu – Dynamite Shrimp
A: Shrimp tempura and mayo – you know what always works? Fried shrimp. This one’s a winner, Shizusan !
S: Arigatōgozaimashita !
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S: Kokodesu – Rainbow Maki
A: Wait… wait, let me get photos of this beauty….
S: . . .
A: okay, so it’s supposed to have tuna, salmon, crab stick, cucumber…love the tobiko garnish.. good stuff, Shizusan !
S: Arigatōgozaimashita !
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S: Kokodesu – Stir Fried Oriental Greens
A: its….fresh…and a little too light, maybe? The garlic-soy can come out more, no?
S: Hai, I will make note of this. Arigato, Akshay-san !

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Pattani Lamb Chops (which I didn’t have) with the Stir Fried Oriental Greens in the backdrop

S: Kokodesu – Minced Chicken Kaprow from my time spent in Thailand
A: Flavor burst in every bite ! Love the texture, too !
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S: Kokodesu – Hot Stone Rice. I’ll mix the Thai red curry with the white rice in front of you, now !
A: The curry is amazing – spicy, tangy-sweet. More savory than sweet, of course. Still, scope for the flavors to come on more strongly, Shizusan !
S: Hai, I will make note of this. Arigato, Akshay-san !
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S: Kokodesu – Phad Thai Noodles
A: Now this is well seasoned ! sweet-spicy flat noodles done to perfection !
S: Arigatōgozaimashita !
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S: I will bring-o the desserts-o now
A: Aw yeah ! The good stuff !
S: Kokodesu – Lychee and Date Wontons
A: Yeah, the flavors are subtle..maybe too subtle…still, the combination of this with the ice cream is really good.
S: Arigatō!
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S: Kokodesu – Tiramisu Asia
A: Wait, green tea sponge?! Whoa ! the coconut-ey texture with the creamy mascarpone is to die for, Shizusan !
S: Arigatō, Arigatōgozaimashita !
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S: Kokodesu – Peanut Butter Pie
A: And I thought Snickers was as good as peanut-butter could get. This stuff is SICK !
S: it make you sick?
A: No, no…sick as in kickass
S: you kick-o my ass? I’m a Jujutsu expert, Akshay-san.. you don’t want……
A: awesome….It’s awesome…there…that sound better?
S: oh…I thought you high, Akshay-san…and without alcohol..ha ha !
A: *epic poker face*

A: My turn to say Arigatōgozaimashita !!! *bows*

====And that’s the end of that story====

So, all in all –
Food – 4/5
Service – 4.5/5
Ambience – 4/5
Value for money – N/A (invited)

In summary, a great place to catch a kickass alternative cuisine with a twist when you’re not feeling like ‘the usual’ ! Cheers !

Sorry for the long post, here’s some more photos of stuff I didn’t have –

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Steamed Thai Fish
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Lamb Suimai
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Baby Back Ribs – they said this was divine. Disclaimer – They said.

 

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