It’s difficult to do a food review when you’re trying to watch your diet. So it’s almost a blessing in disguise when I come across something like an Asian Grill Festival. Shiro, the Pan-Asian restaurant is hosting the festival for the second year in a row and we decide to head to Worli to get a taste of the same. And since it’s Asian, we expect a host of flavours. And flavours we get - plateful of them.
The Grilled Mushroom Skewers (Rs 350) are the first to land on my table and I devour the fresh button mushrooms, flavoured with a blend of hoisin and balsamic. Next up is the Lemon and Soy Glazed Chicken (R450), which has a prominent taste of pickled lemon, that gets balanced perfectly with the sweet kabayaki sauce. And although any prawn dish is good for me, the Honey Black Bean Prawns (R550) do not really match up to my expectations. Nonetheless, it’s been a good beginning and I can’t wait to try the next dish.
The Grilled Chicken with Citrus Tamarind Glaze (Rs 450) has succulent pieces of chicken marinated in tamarind glaze and served with wok-tossed green beans. In other words - delicious. I am licking the fork when Chef Ashwin arrives to tell me a bit about the menu. “Asian food is dominated by extreme flavours and here, we’re trying to give you all flavours of the Asian cuisine - sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami,” he says.
The Twice Cooked Chicken (Rs 450) is really juicy, but a bit bland in comparison with the other dishes I have tasted. And to make up for it, arrives the Grilled Korean Basa (Rs 470). Served with a mélange of Asian mushrooms, the Vietnamese Basa marinated with a spicy Korean sauce is mouth-watering. I devour half of it by the time the Grilled Coffee Salmon (Rs 650) arrives.
The smell of coffee is the first thing I notice when the dish is placed in front of me. It’s an interesting take, no doubt, but the salmon served on a bed of chilli hoisin vegetables is an acquired taste. Go for it if you really love your cuppa coffee and wouldn’t mind the flavour in your food as well.
The Thai Curry Baby Corn Skewers (Rs 350) have a lovely, smokey flavour, while the Seven Spiced Pork Belly (Rs 700) delivers the right combination of soft pork belly and crunchy red cabbage. But the winner is the Miso Herb Lamb Chops (Rs 780). The tender lamb chops teamed with chilli basil vegetables and tossed potatoes delivers. a flavourful kick to the senses and are the perfect ending to a delicious evening. We cannot rate the experience, as it was a preview
At: Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg Worli, Lower Parel