Who said you need to settle for Continental cuisine if you want some healthy grills? Turning the popular belief on its head is Shiro — the Oriental restaurant in Chankayapuri — with its festival that brings together what they are calling ‘Asian grills’.
The ambience sets the mood — with the dim red and purple lighting and the giant Oriental statues and busts of the Buddha. The seating arrangement is cosy. Though if you are sitting towards the teppenyaki table, you would find that the tables are a little too low for comfort eating. We found the service to be a little sloppy this time around, though.
The menu has interesting items and a good mix of veg and non vegetarian options and are filling enough so that you don’t need to ask for the main menu to order more dishes. We liked the seafood more, though we would like to specially mention the Asian BBQ pork ribs (served with sushi) — among the softest we have ever tasted anywhere. The grilled prawns just about made the cut and the Tsukini (a chicken preparation) was also unremarkable.
When you are in Shiro, you cannot miss the sushi. It is about the best in this part of the town and you could always accommodate it with the meal. We were happy to see that the taste remains as good as it has been over the last few years. We didn’t have space for desserts after a pretty elaborate and mostly good meal. But don’t miss the sake!
At: The Japan Foundation, 5-A, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar - IV
When: 6, 15, 17 and 22 December
Timings: 2 am and 6.30 pm