The Pan-Asian Experience – Shao
Shao, the Pan-Asian restaurant located in Radisson Blu, Marathalli has been reopened to public after a brief renovation last month. The interiors are now more inviting and takes you straight to luxurious Oriental setting. The ceiling is filled with large glass fixtures emitting red color. The outlet not only saw makeover in the interiors but in the menu as well. The menu now comprises of Pan-Asian dishes right from Japanese to Thai to Chinese.
As we settled down we tried the house cocktails. The Cucumber cooler was made with cucumber pulp, mint and lime, which made it super-refreshing. The frozen Mojito is something that cannot be missed. The mojito is in a frozen form and melts slowly releasing all the amazing minty flavors. The Pineapple punch is created with loads of pineapple juice and gin. The taste was just amazing.
We couldn’t wait to try the Wonton and Kaffir Lime Soup. This aromatic broth is created with kaffir lime, lemon and coriander. This clear soup is served with a steamed wonton and veggies; and the taste of the kaffir lime gave it a perfect twist. Absolutely divine, one of the best soup’s you can try in the city. The Togarashi Spinach Tempura is a signature dish that is amazing. The spinach is batter-fried and sprinkled with togarashi. The crunchy and crispy textures with a hint of togarashi and soy sauce makes up for a great combination. Don’t miss out on the assorted Sushi dish comprising of Avacado and Asparagus maki, Vegetable tempura uramaki and pickled vegetables maki. Loved the Veg Tempura uramaki which had a variety of textures! Also, the Seasame baked treasure is filled with exotic veggies and is laminated with a green colored super-soft dough. This is a unique dish with loads of different flavors.
Shao has a variety of different appetizers like the Sizzling Gaozi. This pan-fried dumpling is served with chilli sauce. The gaozi is crispy from the top and soft from inside. The Sichuan Assorted Mushroom is wok tossed crispy mushroom with spicy Sichuan sauce. The dish is both spicy and slightly sweet at the same time. The Money Bag are deep-fried dumplings stuffed with veggies and is served with sweet chilli sauce. The Panko Black Pepper Tofu is also a deep fried panko crumbed tofu served with black pepper sauce. The tofu just melts in the mouth and the black-pepper leaves a tinkling peppery aftertaste.
For the main course we tried the Asian Greens and Water Chestnut and the Kung Pao Eggplant. While the exotic Asian greens is made with chilli bean sauce and has a variety of herbs and vegetables. The Kung Pao Eggplant is an absolute amazing dish with diced eggplants, cashew, onion and bell pepper in Kung Pao Sauce. The eggplant was soft from inside the sauce was sweet and spicy at the same time. Both these are best tried with the Thai Basil Fried Rice and the Pad Thai Noodles. The rice has a subtle fragrant of basil leaves. But the Pad Thai Noodles are rice noodles with peanuts, vegetables and tossed in soy sauce.
We tried the Wasabi Cheesecake and the Red Velvet chocolate mousse in desserts. The Wasabi Cheesecake has a subtle infusion of wasabi on top. The presentation of the dish was top-notch. The Red velvet is served as a mousse with Kaffir Lime and Passion fruit infused in it. Dont forget to clean your palate with the Jasmine tea.
Overall, Shao is an experience of culinary delights at a luxurious Oriental setting.
Shao – The Pan Asian Experience – Scorecard –
Food/Taste – 9/10
Service – 9/10
Value for Money – 9/10
Ambiance – 9/10
Quantity/Quality – 9/10
Overall – 4.5/5
Shao is a complete Oriental experience.