Brunch at Shiro is a pan-asian experience and a sushi lovers delight. Shiro is located in Bombay’s old mill district. With high ceilings, no windows and an imposing statue – Shiro transports you away from the din of Bombay. As always we were the first to arrive (we like to maximize our brunch time). With rising temperatures we had to cool off inside. So we could not wait to get started. I called for the lemon-drop martini which was refreshing, followed by a caprioska, an apple martini. Slowly and gradually the brigade started to arrive.
The first to get there was Susan, which was no surprise and it also happened to be her first week in Bombay. The brigade made sure that she received a bag full of survival tips and how to be safe during the monsoons.
We requested our server to keep bringing appetizers till we asked him to stop. They had a variety of sushi; the spicy tuna wrapped in cucumber was my favourite – with the right texture and complimenting spice and herbs. Vietnamese prawns were delightful. The chicken tarts were bland and disappointing.
We soon realized that we were the only ones – which meant no random conversations or stories. Next I tried the sangria and followed it up with a bloody mary, then the green apple martini and lemon drop martini. Yes, I was thirsty.
Besides the appetizers they also had a soup and salad bar. I tried the lemon chili soup that was fresh and light. For mains we called for beef basil and Thai green curry. The beef was tender and well spiced. The Thai green curry with chunks of tender chicken was wholesome.
For dessert we had molten chocolate with generous scoops of ice cream. Since we were the only ones there the service was great. The place has a mysterious vibe. I have never been to Shiros at night but with no daylight brunch might as well could have been dinner. The place has great potential and I hope more people would show up for brunch at Shiros.
After brunch we joined Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug in Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Hangover Pat 2, the movie was plain bad.
Bombay Brunch Brigade meets once a month. The purpose of this group is to meet – have fun, find a travel partner, a date(may be), share brain farts and savour brunches. We will be exploring different brunch places all over Bombay. Join our Facebook group for the next brunch date and location information.