Monday, October 25, 2010
japanese: i recommend SHINTORI- SHADOW 3
SHINTORI- SHADOW 3
No. 123-1 LeGun Third Road
Kid friendliness: high chairs available.
Visit reviewed: 10/11/2009
This is the entrance to Shintori- People Shadow 3.
The door doesn't slide open if you stand in front of it, nor if you push. We stood for a few minutes in front of this mysterious entrance before our aunt let us in on the secret-
"You have to throw a rock."
So of course, we tried throwing the rocks that littered the ground at the door. There was evidence of previous customers who tried the same- grey dents and scratches on the seemingly impenetrable door.
Instead, you have to throw it into this stone sculpture, that looks kind of like a lone wastebasket. Inside there's a lever of sorts that is triggered when the weight of the stone hits it...
And then the door slides open and we entered a spooky hallway- the door at the other end didn't open until the one behind us shut.
Has it ever been so much work or fun to go into a restaurant? I could see how it would be amusing to bring someone new and watch them try to figure out how to get in.
Once inside, you'll notice that the restaurant splits into two parts- People and Shadow 3. People serves Western food and is set up like a lounge bar with lots of sofa style seating. Shadow 3 serves Japanese fusion and is a distinctly modern restaurant space, once your eyes adjust to the darkness. Plus the lighting at the tables focused on the table space, so you could see the food and it wasn't so dark once you were seated, unlike Mitsui which actually feels so dark in some areas that I can't see what I'm eating!
We were there for an early dinner, so it wasn't crowded at all. I could imagine this would be a place where lovers rendezvous with its shadowy corners and lack of people. But it was an equally nice place to eat with the family.
The menu had an assortment of sushi, grilled meats and seafood, tempura and noodles. We went for the set menu, which they also offer at lunch. Some things were more memorable than others, but presentation was gorgeous throughout. This was awhile ago, so I apologize for the fuzzy recollection! Plus, I'm sure the set menu has changed by now....
First course was like a bite of fancy canned tuna on a bed of onion.
Second course- assorted sushi including tamago and a jelly
Third course- sashimi was good and very fresh. I missed my uni I usually get at Sumie.
Fourth course- baked bamboo and crab leg were both very sweet.
Fifth course- uni steamed egg was the favorite dish of the night with the silky chawamushi having lots of hidden goodies under the surface of the steamed egg.
Sixth course- lobster was served surf and turf. Starting to get full after this dish...
Seventh course- but then there's cold udon noodles.
Instead of served in a pile on a plate as usual, it was in a light broth with citrus flavor. It was refreshing and a palate cleanser of sorts.
Last course- dessert plate included fruit, tiramisu mochi and ice cream.
I haven't been back since last year (yes, this is how backlogged I am on posts!), but I would definitely go back and try it again. I'm curious also how the other locations compare to this one- I think all the Shintori restaurants have different atmospheres and themes.
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No. 68 AnHe Road, Sec. 2
80 JianGuo North Road, Sec. 1, B1