IZU, a restaurant offering Japanese cuisine, sits pretty on the second floor of the DLF South Point Mall. Named after the famous Izu Peninsula, Japan’s mighty mountainous headland, this eating house was opened in July last year. Does the bento-boxed sushi and sashimi manage to win hearts? DLF5 gourmet guru Chef Sunil Marwah has an intriguing story to tell. Slurp on!
The restaurant has conventional tables and chairs seating as well as zashiki, the traditional floor seating where you must remove the shoes at the entrance of the restaurant. You also come across nice paintings on the walls on one side, and ikebana on the front wall with a TV continuously playing the Japanese channel NHK News on mute. The low volume Japanese music is soothing to the ears.
The table was set with hashi chopsticks already placed on the table. There was Shichimi (Japanese chili powder), Rayu (chili oil) and Kikkoman soy sauce placed on the table as condiments.
The food on my table looked like a beautiful and colourful gift box. The miso soup had good colour and flavours and aroma. It was very nicely balanced which would appeal to any palate. The chef has carefully chosen all elements of taste to make this box which are salt, sweet, sour, bitter and umami.
The bento box had salmon and tuna maki, which were rolled perfectly, with matching its essential quality of stickiness and glutinous. The fish were fresh. The fried shrimp was perfectly cooked too. It had breadcrumbs coating, that tasted so good.
The bento box had a mix of pickles too which are so much a part of the Japanese cuisine, and IZU keeps making their own pickles also every now and then in addition to getting the readymade from importers. Their homemade gari (pickled ginger) was a good surprise and matched the bottled one in taste.
Finally the icing on the cake was the fried ice cream. Not many people do justice to this innovative dish, but IZU bowled me over with this perfect preparation. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to all who would like to experiment and taste authentic Japanese food in Gurgaon.