If you like south-east Asian cuisine as much as I do, then you sure would have heard of Shiok. Shiok is on CMH road, in the same building as Planet M. It is a place where one can head to have a quiet dinner or can hang out with friends. They have a restaurant and even a lounge bar. The dining part, does feel a little cramped, but it is not as cramped as you would be privy to others’ conversations. I didn’t hit the lounge bar, so can’t write the details about the lounge bar. Now onto the most important part – food 😀
I decided to stick to Thai cuisine for the meal. They do serve Thai, Singaporean, Indonesian. I reserved Indonesian cuisine for another day (especially, need to check if they have the Balinese cuisine – more on this later). For starters, we had Thai corn cakes and Spicy mushroom mince in lettuce cups. The latter was rather depressing. It was finely chopped mushrooms served in lettuce. Yeah the mushrooms were (maybe) sautéed in some sauce. The mushrooms were tasty, but I was expecting something more given the description of the dish. As for the Thai corn cakes – I will suggest this. They look like the dal-vada. They are a little sweet, but you can definitely feel the taste of the Thai spices in them, and they do a good precursory job to get ready for the main course (especially if you are sticking to Thai for main course too).
I can’t write about the non-vegetarian dishes, but apparently the Pad Thai (prawn) is a decent selection. As for the vegetarians – one of my favorite dishes is the Thai red curry, with steamed rice. And I felt that the rice and the curry portions don’t match well. I finished the curry with some rice left (or may be it is just me 😉 ). The red curry is yummy, and it is a true mirror of the spices used in Thai food. There is also the yellow curry people can try. For a change, I did stick to conventional dishes and hence the selection. May be some other day, I will write about the other exotic Thai dishes available.
My rating – I give the place a 6 out of 10. The fact that they serve wine, adds to the rating :D. The decor is calm and quiet and I did see the chef come out and talk to the patrons. So, I think if you are a regular you can actually tell the chef about what you feel about the food. This is something I have seen in very few places.