After taking in a day’s worth of education, care of the Alberta Human Rights, I drove down to Red Deer for another presentation about anger in the workplace. Pulling into town quite late, I could feel my tummy on the rumble and started to wonder about supper. Who am I kidding, I was thinking about what to eat since I left Edmonton.
Located in a strange strip mall, the entrance is actually a shared space with two other establishments. Besides Shiso, there is a Chinese Restaurant, and a grimy looking pub. Even with my very minimal time inside the establishments, I developed a feeling they may be owned by the same person/group. Before I tell you about the drunk seniors, I’ll get back to Shiso. The restaurant is very open, with fields of space between tables. The sushi bar is long, and was occupied by three gentleman. I think the best part of this restaurant, may just be the giant floor to ceiling windows that offer a nice view of Red Deer.
Opting for my standard test dish, I placed a Chirashi order to go. Almost before I was getting the seat warm, I was holding my $17 chirashi. Back outside, and free from the drunk seniors, I opened my evening snack. Looking pretty average, my first impression was to shield my eyes from the neon egg. WTF! Where did they find these chickens. After sorting through, my next impression came from the fish, which was sliced very thin…paper thing for some fish. Being generous on the portions, is clearly something that Shiso doesn’t do well. The fish itself was pretty bad, with the salmon and tuna taking top dogs in the world of bad. Both fishy, and almost mealy, there was no way these pieces of fish were being finished. The cucumber and nori were probably the best parts of the dish. The rice had a decent texture, but lacked that well seasoned touch.Oh and look at the pickled ginger. Do you notice something? It’s dry. I’ve never seen something like this before.
After years of wondering about Shiso, I should have just kept this spot buried in the back of my mind. In fact, if Shiso is the only sushi option in the small city that is Red Deer, I feel sorry for it’s occupants.