Overall Score 7.5/10
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There are so many Japanese restaurants in Bangkok, especially in Thonglor and Prompong. You can find any types and grades of Japanese food in this area but there is one style that is so hard to find, the Yoshoku style, Japanese with Western influence. Yoshoku originated from the time that U.S. submarine stationed at the gulf of tokyo in the year 1850. During that time, Japanese absorbed some cultures from the Westerners, including food. The new age of Japanese cuisine or Yoshoku became popular at that point in time. A great example is the Omu Rice that came from the Omelette; or Curry that is similar to the stew; or Tonkatsu that is from the crispy fried pork loin German style.
Eversince, Yoshoku Japanese cuisine became widespread across the nation that Japanese thought it was their common Japanese cuisine. Unlike in Thailand, the Cook Shop or a Thai restaurant that served western influenced food is not as popular and diminishing day after day. Only the old ones of past continues but there is no new ones open up. Personally I really like Thai Cook Shop food.
The head chef is the owner, Khun Yada. She is a young Thai chef who spent time cooking in Japan and fell in love with the charms of Japanese Western food, so she brought the delicious Yoshoku food for people in Bangkok.
The Shio Yoshoku in Soi Sukhumvit 49 has a spacious interior dining area. The indoor has about 20 tables and al fresco dining has four tables. Japanese customer who smokes would love to sit outdoor and enjoy a lunch set. Two choices for the lunch set 259 and 359 Baht, with a variety to choose, each set comes with salad and a soft drink. At dinner time, there is a la carte menu with appetizer, sandwich, salad, grilled, paste, and more. Since they have cakes and bakery items for the afternoon tea, these choices of sweets are always available at dinner time. Special items with a mix of Japanese and European style would be the Roll cake, Fruit Crepe cake, Shortcake, and more.
- Crab Cream Croquette - light crispy outer panko shell with a creamy crab sauce and crab meat inside - 450 Baht : This is a standard Croquette, served in good size. The outside was nice and crispy. It could be more stuffed. I like it full of stuffing as I bite through it.
- Dried Curry Rice - a tasty curry fried rice dish with ground pork, scramble eggs and fresh vegetables - 270 Baht : This one is different; omu rice and kare (or curry) together. The taste is basic, standard good. The impression was very Yoshoku, the omelette, the rice, and the curry. I liked it; this dish will be a perfect breakfast for me.
- Beef Stew (Slow cooked beef ideally served with mashed potatoes, boiled vegetables, and steamed rice - 550 Baht) : This stew was so savory and delicious. The beef was chunky and tender and the sauce was rich and flavorful. The vegetables came with it and the mashed potatoes were absolutely enjoyable. Having the stew beef with the mashed potatoes gave a wonderful Westernized feel. I'd definitely recommend this menu.
- Kurobuta Saute (Sauteed Berkshire pork served with Japanese style sauce and grilled vegetables - 440 Baht) : This one is the last of the main dishes. Kurobuta pork was perfectly cooked, came with slightly sweet sauce. And again, the vegetables were amazing, slightly grilled. The two meaty Japanese Westernized dishes were fantastic.
- Strawberry Shortcake (3 layered sponge cake with cream and fresh sliced strawberries in between - 170 Baht) : The popular cake of Japan, Shio Yoshoku did a great job in presenting this cake. The cream didn't have the strong scent but the texture of the cake was perfect.
- SHIO Caramel Rare Cheesecake (Japanese style no-bake cheesecake with salted caramel cream inside - 150 Baht) : This one is the highlight of the cake. How the cheese cake hadn't been baked is rarely found. The cheese was soft and amazing. The caramel inside was a nice surprise; it melted out as I cut through the cheesecake. This cheesecake was super delicous, I loved it.
- Mixed Fruit Mille Crepe (Layered mille crepe filled with fresh cream and various kinds of fruit - 185 Baht) : This crepe cake was made with four types of fruits; banana, kiwi, cantaloupe, and strawberry. The fruits stood out the most, more than the crepes that are a bit dry and not much flavor, so what I liked about this crepe cake was the fresh fruits, not really the crepe.
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