Address: Conrad Bengaluru, Kensington Road, Ulsoor, Bangalore Karnataka India
Time: 7 PM to 11:30 PM
Meals for two: Rs. 3,000
Cuisines: Japanese, Chinese, Thai
Facilities: Serves Non Veg, Full Bar Available, Serves Cocktails, Valet Parking Available, 4/5 Star
Mikusu – Conrad Bengaluru, Ulsoor, Bangalore: Decor
This is the Oriental restaurant at the Conrad, the latest five-star hotel to open downtown. If it appears splashy on the outside, Mikusu, located off the lobby, is all restraint and quiet in style. Wood and earthy colors add warmth and attractive lighting arrangements exude a mellow glow at the restaurant that’s open only for dinner during the week. The food emerges from two live kitchens — one dishing out sushi, sashmi and cold appetizers and the other reserved for stir fries and grills, cooked here over charcoal.
Mikusu – Conrad Bengaluru, Ulsoor, Bangalore: Food
I will travel far for Japanese food. So, while Mikusu also serves some Chinese and Thai, it was the Japanese food I was excited about. Chef Dolphy Lobo, who heads Mikusu, presented a take on Tuna Tartare that was beautiful on the plate and set off equally impressive taste sensations in the mouth. Arranged in neat rows were the tuna, wasabi mayo, chives, tempura crisps and salmon roe, all of which you mix up, drizzle with some soy sauce and tuck into, savouring layer upon layer of taste and texture.
I then had the Asparagus Tempura Roll — a popular sushi order with vegetarians, which is impeccably executed here. We also tasted the Vegetable Crystal Dumpling and Chicken Gyoza, both of which were well done. Dishes from the Yakitori selection arrive at the table on mini grills. I enjoyed the Exotic Vegetable Kushiyaki with water chestnuts, tofu and lotus root; in fact, I liked it much better than my skewer of chicken and leeks, which had turned a bit dry.
We were quite sated by now, but had to taste a main course and ordered the Thai Green Curry with vegetables and ate it with rice. It was a lovely curry, with the right balance of Thai aromatics and just creamy enough without being cloying.
Of course, some fine sake is the thing to drink with this meal, especially if you order the Japanese. The bar also specializes in signature cocktails with refreshing Oriental flavors. If you are a fan of cocktails, you must try some of these.
Mikusu – Conrad Bengaluru, Ulsoor, Bangalore: Service
Service is spot-on, from the restaurant manager to the barman and the wait staff.
Mikusu – Conrad Bengaluru, Ulsoor, Bangalore: Plus and Minus
The Sushi and Sashimi are top class and vegetarians can eat happily here, too. But the Yakitori was slightly less impressive.