Shiok

On Friday, we wanted to entertain some friends, so we decided to take them to one of the restaurants that we enjoy going to… Shiok , on CMH Road.

Madhu Menon, who runs Shiok, is a very unusual young man. He quit a career in IT to pursue his passion of food, and is pretty encyclopaedic in his knowledge of it. I find it always entertaining…and educative…to talk to him about food, and the various cuisines of the world.

Another thing that I like about Shiok is that I am never condescended to because I am a vegetarian and a liquortotaller (that’s a word I just invented to describe someone who doesn’t like liquor but loves liqueurs!)…I usually find chefs at restaurants assuming that if I am a vegetarian I would not know anything about food! Madhu, however,makes no such mistake. He takes great pains to find out what the guests would lke–and NOT like– and is willing to suggest dishes accordingly. I usually take a token look at the menu (after having looked at the Shiok website) and sit contentedly back, letting Madhu get me some good dishes with an unusual tang or relish to them.

The spices at Shiok are ground or powdered afresh for each dish; that makes for slightly more expensive dining, but believe me, the taste on the palate is worth it! Madhu outsources the food ingredients with great care and is very willing to discuss his sources and his recipes; I think he is pretty sure that I cannot replicate the taste in my kitchen!

On Friday, he also gave us two in-house desserts…one, a musk-melon sorbet, the recipe for which sounds deceptively simple, and strawberries in a delicious orange wine sauce with cream, which he had also been photographing…did I mention he is also a very good photographer?

So…if you want to meet an unusual person and eat at an unusually good restaurant…do visit Shiok, which means “pretty damn good” in Malay slang…I raise my glass (of water) to that!

12 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

    Good choice. I’ve never been to Shiok for dining but have heard/read enough about the place. Madhu is nothing short of a ‘mad’….passionately mad, that is, about his occupation, service and customers!


  2. Hawkeye (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

    For god’s sake don’t use this platform to promote restaurants. Already we have newspapers who write flowery stuff when it comes to restaurant reviews, and the last thing we need is the same PR-stuff in blogs too!

    PS: I have visited ‘Shiok’ and the food is average and pricing pretty high!


  3. Rajesh (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

    Yes, been there and liked the food too..thanks Deepa for sharing the experience.

    @HAWKEYE, Perhaps it’s time to know the difference between blogs and newspapers. it’s the honest, enedited,non-sponsored opinion of author and expression which is shared for no commerical gains…


  4. MadMan (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

    PS: I have visited ‘Shiok’ and the food is average and pricing pretty high!

    High compared to what?


  5. Hawkeye (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 4:29 pm

    @Rajesh: Honest? As a blogger you should know that companies these days ‘use’ bloggers to promote their products, and after all we are human, and gullible!

    No commercial gains? How do you vouch for that? Do you mean to say a blogger=saint?

    @Madman: In comparison to other similar restaurants dishing out Fast East Asian cuisine in Bangalore!


  6. Ravi (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 4:53 pm

    Rajesh,
    Not sure how we are going to correct this perception that we have get ‘used’ by companies to promote their products. I suggest that we used this opportunity to cajole Madhu for a treat at Shiok. And since I’ve written a post on Golden Grand recently, I’m going to get my pound of flesh from them – an apartment!! Only reasonable, no????
    ;)


  7. prabhu (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

    Hawkeye,

    Extending your logic, if we write about Volvo buses will you say we get free bus passes? :) Or as Ravi mentioned, would he get a prime property in Golden Grand?

    FYI, this is not the first restaurant to be featured in metblogs. We even have a category for it!


  8. Hawkeye (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

    @Ravi: Thank god you didn’t write about street dogs! ;)

    My reference of ‘used’ was with respect to blogging in Europe and US in general wherein bloggers are taken quite seriously and are quite influential too.

    @Prabhu: It was not logic not fiction; but based on true happenings!


  9. Prabhu (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 8:32 pm

    Hawkeye,
    By any chance are you suggesting that, we shouldn’t write about restaurants?


  10. Rajesh (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 8:56 am

    Hawkeye,

    Any propositions like that ‘paid’ thing for us!! at least if we can get few apartments, cars and land for that matter!!

    We have more than 700 authors to choose from…
    We can market ‘perceptions’ better!
    What category of authors would you prefer?
    We have the range….

    Dear friend, it is very easy to assume things and make aligations, this or for that matter any blog does not work that way!! it’s spontenious and un-edited!


  11. rubic_cube (unregistered) on March 10th, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

    Back in end of 2003, when me and my friend began a series of experiments about good restaurants, Shiok was the first restaurant that we sampled. Glad to say that nothing has compared as good to Shiok when it comes to Far Eastern cuisine. Maybe far more expensive places like Bamboo Shoots (Museum Inn) or Mainland China.


  12. GITA VISH (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

    Thank You Deepa for giving us feedback about SHIOK. I was planning to go there but was not sure. Will suggest it next time we decide to eat out.



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