Not being a night bird, I can't vouch for the dinners at Shiro but having experienced its gastronomic brunch, I would definitely recommend this place to all Oriental food lovers especially on a wet, rainy Sunday with a whole afternoon to devote to an eat all you can meal.
Our lazy Sunday start was hastened up by the restaurant calling us half an hour before our booking to check whether we were really going to show up or not.
At the dot of one, we pushed open this huge gigantic door at Shiro and entered a dark room. The hostess ushering us asked us to mind our step which was just as well because I was staring ahead at the enormous statue standing serenely ahead of me. Getting used to the soft lighting, I realised that there was a lily pond in the centre of the restaurant which had a stone statue staring out in each direction. I can't quite remember whether the statue was of the Buddha or of some goddess, but I remember feeling a sense of awe, much like I do in a temple.
We were led to a quiet secluded spot with really low chairs and a sofa, more suited to a lounge rather than a serious eating place. I was a bit miffed but ultimately, I realised that this was the best because we couldn't tell that there were 60 other tables which were filled up! So also, the chairs came in handy when after 4 cocktails and the starters, we could sit back and relax before we attacked the main course.
After checking out the buffet counter, we gave our oder for the sushi rolls ( crab and chicken and veg asparagus maki) and the prawn and chicken dimsum which we had with our first cocktail - a sweet ciroc concoction.
Husband loved the Mezzo soup which the rest of us gave a miss only to keep place for the gargantuan meal to follow but couldn't resist the salads . While hubby dear loaded up on the veg California salad, the rest of us had the Teriyake Chicken salad and the Red Snapper Salad which was particularly unique : the nutty taste of arugula doused with a honey mustard dressing that provided the perfect foil to the fish.
Between us we gorged on the Veg thai curry, tofu in hot bean sauce, mixed vegetable in black bean sauce , sichuan style green beans ( amazing !!!) stir fried vegetables, Prawn Thai curry, fish in coconut and basil, chicken spicy laksa, chicken Thai curry, beef in coconut and fried beef in a basket all accompanied with yaki udan noodles and hibachi rice.
So, though this place is definitely expensive ( Rs. 1800 per head with tax), I would do this at least once in a lifetime if not once a year : Shiro's waiters are attentive without being obtrusive or rude and they are knowledgeable about what they serve. Also once you get used to the Zen-like atmosphere with trance music playing in the back ground, you begin to appreciate the high bamboo lined ceilings, the stone clad walls with carved panels, the subtle lighting, and the comfortable cozy seating arrangements, ( of course the generously flowing cocktails and wine do help! )
p.s. the only other reason I would not do this more often is because I really can't eat that much