Buffet: Shitakke

Shiitake is a type of mushroom, commonly used in Chinese cuisine, and it was some surprise to me that the restaurant of the same name in Bangalore Central, Bellandur, had no mushroom dishes on their buffet menu. Ok, I’m quibbling, but really, that was the first thing I thought when I saw the spread.

Lunch kicked off with a lemongrass soup, which was very tart and vinegary. The salads consisted of a passable gherkin salad, an okay-tasting roasted fish salad, and a super spicy kimchi which brought tears to some eyes. The vegetable spring rolls had a nice crunch to them, but the fried baby corn was quite ordinary. The kung pao chicken was Indianized but tasted quite good, and I fell in love with the fried fish- it was delicious. I went back for second helpings of most of the starters; and so did the rest of my dining mates.

The main course had the customary fried rice and noodles, and they could have been better made. Veggies could pick between an okra and potato dish, and aubergines with tofu. The tofu was rubbery, not even close to the delicious melt-in-the-mouth tofu I had eaten at Dancing Wok. There was a shredded chicken dish that was no great shakes, and the Schezwan lamb tasted like veg kofta; I had trouble believing I was eating lamb. Dessert consisted of an eggy custard, a good gajar ka halwa (but seriously, in a Chinese restaurant!), and my favorite, darsaan with icecream.

The place is a little gloomy and the decor slightly dark, the huge Buddha in the centre is pointless, and the food tries to compete with Mainland China but falls short. Still, I wouldn’t write it off just yet. It’s relatively new, and probably needs some time to find its footing. But it better do so fast; Bangalore has no scarcity of good restaurants.

Overall: 2.5
Food: 2.5
Ambience: 2.5
Service: 3

Shitakke
6th Floor, Bangalore Central
Sarjapur Road, Bellandur
Bangalore

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