Having not been to Shiso in over a year (gasp!) we headed over on a quiet Thursday evening. Since our last visit, Shiso Tree Cafe has updated their menu selection, with a few new appetizers as well as a revamp of their pasta selection (see the new menu here and here).
Smoked Salmon Hors D’Oeuvres 8
We started with one of their new appetizers, a fairly simple dish of garlic toast points topped with Japanese mayo, smoked salmon, ikura (salmon roe), caviar (sturgeon roe) and dill. The neatly presented combination of savoury seafood and buttery toast is a nice alternative to their fries.
Roasted Garlic and Potato Soup
All their pasta dishes can be made to a set meal. $3 will add the soup of the day, and $8 will add soup and cake. P opted for the soup and cake combo, with the soup of the day being a creamy garlic potato soup. Served in a cup, it was good, but required some skill to share politely (which we sadly lack).
Bolognese Bacon Sausage Pasta, with Garlic Toast 13
Their pasta selection has been recategorized into Wafu, Tomato and Cream & Rose. The condensed menu still includes the majority of the previous pasta’s ingredients, but offered fewer combinations. Craving something meaty that night, I ordered the Bolognese bacon sausage pasta – why order simple Bolognese, when you can add bacon and sausage? The pasta was finished in a red wine & beef jus reduction which added some extra depth to the dish.
Shrimp Okonomiyaki Pasta, with Garlic Toast 14
Topped with four plump shrimp, P’s pasta was sautéed with bacon, onions and garlic, and topped with homemade steak sauce, Japanese mayo, and bonito flakes.
Bakery Nakamura’s Tiramisu Cake
One of the benefits of arriving earlier in the evening to Shiso is getting first pick of the dessert selection! As part of the pasta set, the cakes available that night were tiramisu, rare cheesecake, red bean green tea cake, strawberry mango shortcake and choux pastry puff. P chose the tiramisu cake, which had a notable coffee flavour.
Black Sesame Crème Brûlée 6
I chose not to have a pasta set, as their specialty desserts are not the cakes, which are supplied by the Nakamura bakery next door. Having tried both the matcha azuki sundae, and green tea brûlée, the remaining options were either a pineapple crêpe or the black sesame brûlée. As a fan of black sesame, the brûlée did not disappoint! A crispy sugary shell gave way to a black sesame custard, with a thicker layer of sesame paste on the bottom.
Overall, Shiso remains an excellent choice for a different kind of Japanese meal!