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Shizusan Says

As children, we all played the game ‘Simon Says’ and followed the instructions as Simon would ask us to tap our heads or touch our knees. Years passed by and Simon got lost amongst the clutter of jobs, money, careers and work that took over our lives. But now, we have Shizusan! Giving his food recommendations from the lands of Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea, Shizusan takes us on a wonderful food journey with exclusive dishes that you have never seen at any other restaurant in Pune!

Vietnamese Pho with Shrimp
Vietnamese Pho with Shrimp

Located at Phoenix Market City, this new restaurant gives you a feeling of authenticity from the moment you walk in. The place is done up beautifully and they have incorporated Asian décor to go along with the food. I went for dinner with a friend and the food left us mind-blown. Being the third place in Pune serving good sushi, we were really excited and I can happily vouch for the fact that the food was even better than we expected!

Tuna Sushi
Tuna Sushi

We started with a round of Vietnamese Pho, I had it with shrimp and my friend had vegetarian. Both the soups had flat noodles in them and were brilliantly prepared. The best part was that they looked so healthy, clear and simple but each and every bite was so flavourful and tasty. I was on my way to hitting food high already.

Crystal Vegetable Dumplings
Crystal Vegetable Dumplings

Next, we got ourselves three portions of sushi. Choosing from all the available variety was so tough but I think we managed to get some of the best ones from the lot. We got a dish of Asparagus Tempura Sushi, one of Tuna Sushi and one of Rainbow Maki Sushi. All of them were mouth-wateringly delicious but my favourite was the Asparagus Tempura Sushi in spite of it being vegetarian! As the name suggests, it has vegetable tempura in the middle of every piece of sushi and is presented on the dish in the form of a giant snake. Extra brownie points for the amazing presentation! The crunch of the tempura along with the flavours of sushi was so good that it made me go gaga over it with every bite. The non-vegetarian sushi was more colourfully presented, especially the rainbow one. Imagine a toddler’s toy train, except that it is edible and delicious! One can never have enough of the way Japanese food is presented, it’s always impeccable and flawless.

Rainbow Maki Sushi
Rainbow Maki Sushi

Next, we got ourselves a round of dishes from the lands of China – dumplings! We ordered the Crystal Vegetable Dumplings and Poached Chicken Dumplings. Every crystal veg dumpling had an amazingly thin layer holding it together and the way it was prepared actually gave it a glaze on the outside, making it look like a crystal. The chicken dumplings were served in a tangy broth and had chicken that was cooked from the inside as well. They were well prepared but the tangy broth kind of did not do it for me. I would have preferred them to be served separately.

Tiramisu Asia
Tiramisu Asia

For drinks, we got ourselves the Green Apple Cooler and the Watermelon Ginger Cooler. Both we served in bottles made from glass and looked pretty. The green apple cooler was heavenly and was mixed perfectly! The watermelon ginger cooler was an interesting combination but had a bit too much of ginger in it. Lastly, we ordered the Tiramisu Asia for dessert. It was nice and light as we wanted it to be but was nothing out of the ordinary. It was sprinkled with green tea powder and had a good creamy taste overall, but I’ve had better Tiramisu at other restaurants.

Asparagus Tempura Sushi
Asparagus Tempura Sushi

That said, overall the place is an absolute must try! Such places with experimental food will hopefully make the people of Pune more open-minded when it comes to different cuisines, and help in eventually changing the overall food scene here!

Chicken Dumplings with Tangy Broth
Chicken Dumplings with Tangy Broth

Picture Credits: Sakshi Oswal

Karishma Rajan

The founder of The First Fork, Karishma likes to live in the moment and take life as it comes. Originally from aamchi Pune, she is swalp Bangalorean at heart and loves the Mumbaiya energy! Biking adventures, good food and inappropriate humour are things that get her going and she fantasises about going hitchhiking around the galaxy one day.