Guest Blogger Restaurant Reviews

Shiso Tree Cafe Review

9 October 2015

Fusion foods are one of my favourite types of cuisines because you not only do you get to enjoy one specific type of cuisine, but you also get to dabble into at least a second one. One of my favourite recent finds of fusion food is tucked away in a place called J-Town in Markham (intersection of Steeles and Woodbine).

J-Town is a wonderful little place filled with Japanese inspired restaurants and foods and even hosts a supermarket where you can find all your Japanese essentials. Within J- Town is one of my favourite restaurants called Shiso Tree which brings Japanese and Italian cuisine together, marrying two very different cuisines into a single dish that surprisingly is harmonious to your taste buds.

Shiso Tree offers a wide selection of different pastas using classic Japanese ingredients such as Nori, Unagi, and Miso based sauces to create this unique fusion of the two cuisines.

Below is just a small sample of what Shiso Tree has to offer:

Shiso Tree - Unagi Don

Unagi Don – cream teriyaki sauce, shimeji mushrooms, with Japanese barbecued eel, garnished with nori & shisho

Sukiyaki – thinly sliced beef rib eye cooked in house, Japanese soya sauce blend & beef jus, garnished with mushrooms, green onions, nori, shiso
Smoked Salmon a la Crème Vodka – vodka-based cream sauce with smoked salmon, fresh dill, garnished with ikura (salmon roe) & caviar
Shiso Clam Vongole – white wine, olive oil, garlic, bacon, fresh Manila clams, shiso
Okonomiyaki Fries – dressed with homemade steak sauce, Japanese mayo, bonito fish flakes, green onions
Tartar Mayo Fries – topped with homemade Japanese tartar sauce and nori

These dishes are just a handful of what you may be eating when you visit Shiso Tree. I highly recommend anyone in the area to check this restaurant out. The prices are very reasonable with the majority of the pasta dishes averaging around $12. Maybe in the future they will expand into making a line of Japanese/Italian fusion of sushi.  Now that would be interesting. Until then, their delicious fusion pastas will have to do.

Written by guest blogger, The Everyday Foodie.

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